Vatican Museums and Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip from Rome plus Garden Visit

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 10 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Explore Vatican City and Rome like few others do on a full-day Vatican treasures tour. Enjoy exclusive no-wait access to discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Pope’s summer residence. Then, ride the recently-opened Vatican train through the Alban Hills, and explore the Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens. Skip-the-line admission and round-trip train fare are included on this tour.


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Meet your group and tour guide outside the Vatican’s main entrance at 8:00am. Then, bypass the long entrance lines as your guide whisks you through an exclusive no-wait entrance.

Meander through the lavish galleries of the Vatican Museum, listen as your guide highlights famed masterpieces, relics, and intriguing items visitors often overlook. Next, marvel at the world-famous grandeur of the Sistine Chapel before exploring the Vatican Gardens.

Duration: 3 hours

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

Continue on to the lush green Alban Hills via the lesser-known Vatican Train. Hop onboard and admire the view as you travel through Rome and hear some fascinating history of this region. When you alight, follow your guide to the exquisite Renaissance estate, Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens.

Duration: 1 hour

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

Enjoy free time relaxing in the gardens, then head inside the Papal residence, where Popes have summered since 1626. Explore the Pope’s study, chapel, and private chambers. Then, enjoy panoramic views of the Roman coast from the Papal Terrace.

Finally, board the train back to the Vatican where your tour concludes.

Duration: 1 hour

  • English speaking Official Vatican Guide for Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens walking tour
  • Return Train to Castel Gandolfo
  • English speaking Official Vatican Guide in Castel Gandolfo for the tour of the Apostolic Palace, Private Papal Apartments and gardens
  • Groups of 25 people or less
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
  • Entry/Admission - Giardino Barberini

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food/Beverage
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM

Voucher info

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


10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Alexis B

For starters I arrived on time, so 15 minutes late. No surprise the group had left. After speaking to nearby guides they had me call customer service to see what they could do. Initially I though I would just be SOL when they ask to reschedule which I couldn't because I was only visiting for a few days. They ended up pairing Francesca and I together for a PRIVATE Tour. We went at a leisurely place and had amazing in depth dialogue. She is knowledgeable, kind and patient. She was very attentive and we even grabbed espresso after and talked about where to go for authentic Italian food. If possible book a private tour with her. I saw the tour I was supposed to be on the entire time and they weren't allowed to get off the bus where as we could breathe and take it all in on food at our own pace. Ask for Francesca!

Image - 19 Aug 2018 -


An excellent mix of time in the small village, walking thru the residence, spending time in the gardens and a delicious meal at the Farm. The guides very much added to the experience with their knowledge and timing and everything was coordinated so well we didn`t wait. Having only 4 of us made it feel very custom and engaging. Roberto was excellent!

Image - 09 Aug 2018 -


Excellent experience! It is such a beautiful and peaceful place. Lunch was great. Our tour guides Rebecca and Rafaella did a wonderful job!!

Image - 09 Jul 2018 -


It was wonderful day two great guides Robert and Francesca. Robert talked about a lots of information in Rome and history of castel gandolfo very helpful to understand. Lunch in vatican farm was amazing. All of fresh food typical food of italia. Went to residence of papa and garden also freat great experience with francesca she was very professional to explain everything. Such a special to walk beautiful garden. Definitely i recommemd this tour!!

Image - 29 Dec 2017 -


An amazing tour . Our guide was fantastic its a unique tour going thru the Papal living quarters and thru the gardens. I will never forget

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