Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 6 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Spend 6-hours exploring Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo, an exclusive residence of the Pope for centuries prior. Discover the interior of Castel Gandolfo and Apostolic Palace, which includes a private Music Room. Venture into Barberini Gardens on a golf cart to listen to narrations as you learn about ancient treasures. Enjoy views of Alban Hills and Papal Farm. This tour includes lunch, entrance tickets, hotel pickup and drop-off with a traveler limit of 6 people for a more personalized experience.

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Stop At: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, 00040 Castel Gandolfo Italy

You’ll be lead up to the top of the Alban Hills where you can admire the stunning panoramic views from one of the highest vantage points overlooking the outskirts of Rome. Discover Papal Farm which embraces the traditional lifestyle of Rome. You’ll be introduced to many of the Pope’s animals such as the cows, chickens, sheep and many others. Once back at the Castle, you’ll continue your tour through the Papal summer residence that has since been turned into a museum by Pope Francis. The highlight of this spectacular tour is the Apostolic Palace with its Music Room which is usually closed to the public

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Giardino Barberini, Strada Provinciale 71/b Via Carlo Rosselli, davanti al Piazzale Urbano VIII, 00073 Castel Gandolfo Italy

Board your personal golf cart as your guide takes you around the vast gardens of Barberini Gardens by revealing its fascinating history.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Centrally located hotels)
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Italian and Roman lunch
  • Transport by Mercedes E-Class or Mercedes Viano
  • Professional driver
  • Golf Cart service at Barberini Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
  • Entry/Admission - Giardino Barberini

  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • Wheelchair accessible, please note minor restrictions to a few sites visited, such as Papal Farm and Apostolic Palace
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside each attraction
  • Pictures are strictly forbidden inside the Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at your hotel at 9:00AM your hotel/accommodation in Rome city center (within Aurelian Walls)

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews


19 Jul, 2019

I did this private tour with a companion two years ago and did nothing but brag about what a fantastic opportunity I found in it. So much so, that two MORE friends were enthusiastic enough to ask to go along. Four of us signed up and were wowed by our terrific guide, Francesca Dorazio. Francesca is passionate about her Vatican job and it was infectious. We already knew that what we were about to experience was unique, and could discontinue at any time, but it was Francesca who made each room in the palace come alive. She was able to answer any question with ease, and was completely at home, as if she lived in the Palace. The gardens were mesmerizing and our driver excellent. Afterwards, a wonderful meal that just did not end, with delightful and imaginative courses. Francesca was alerted to some allergies and made sure all went smoothly for our group of four. I can't say enough: this trip is so worth the money! I would not have done it a second time if it wasn't, so, don't hesitate!

ElizA W

31 May, 2018

If you're looking for an over the top experience, this is it! Franchesca our guide who was amazing and our driver Alessandro both spoke beautiful English and were informative and engaging as well as extremely service oriented. Our private golf cart tour of the gardens took us where the group bus tour could only see from the perimeter. The castle tour was great, but what made it truly special was the private entre to the 4 personal rooms of the Pope not open to the public tour. The coup de gras was the incredible lunch on the balcony overlooking Lake Albano with 5 courses and wonderful wines to experience a true Italian feast! This was the highlight of our trip!


19 Sep, 2017

OMG! Don't miss this opportunity if you have even the slightest interest in seeing the interior of the Apostolic Palace. I had high expectations and they were surpassed. We noted the group tours there, with headphones. I have to tell you, having a private Vatican guide gave undivided attention, and we were able to see the rooms without having to strain through the large groups present. The luncheon afterwards was amazing, both in the food and the view. I can't wait to go back and do this again.

Jaqueline Fournier-Chibly

18 Jan, 2018

Too expensive for the tour and the guide tour was boring and not well informed about the tour . The tour begin late and the guide tour wanted to finish early. We have a little discusión for this situation .

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