Castel Gandolfo Papal Palace, Villas and Gardens Group or Private Guided Tours From Rome to Visit the Pope’s Summer Residence. Private Tours From Rome by deluxe vehicle
Arriving in Castel Gandolfo, you will have the opportunity to admire unique panoramic views of the lake and the green areas of the park’s nature reserve. On the crest of the crater stands the town of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence overlooking and reflecting on the lake. The lake of Castel Gandolfo or Albano is a body of water formed in the crater of a no longer active volcano. Thanks to its circular shape and the surrounding woods, this place offers the opportunity to let the visitor enjoy not only the luxuriant nature but also many places rich in history and art. The village of Castel Gandolfo, 9000 inhabitants, is the seat of the pontifical and apostolic palace of Castel Gandolfo.
Around the lake, surrounded by greenery, between gardens of extraordinary beauty (Garden of the Magnolias, Gardens of Villa Cibo, Giardino del Belvedere, Giardino del Moro, and Gardens of Villa Barberini) and many villas spread over 55 hectares (135 Acres). The visit of Villa Barberini, one of the most exciting places in Castel Gandolfo, will allow the visitor to stroll through gardens home to centuries-old plants and a wide botanical variety, archaeological remains countless Renaissance works of art.
The Apostolic Palace designed by the architect Carlo Maderno has been used by the Popes for many centuries as a summer residence. In 2016, Pope Francis opened it to the public and transformed it into a museum. Today it is possible to visit 20 rooms, including the Pope’s private room, of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, which for 500 years hosted the Popes. In addition to the extraordinary works of art exhibited in the rooms and the magnificent panoramic views of the lake, it will be possible to admire many other objects, including costumes, cars of the popes, and the fabulous polychrome marble floors.
On the occasion of your trip to Rome, we recommend that you also book a visit to Castel Gandolfo to live a unique and unforgettable experience.
Following the long sequences of mighty archers running through Rome’s outskirts and countryside, you will visit the Aqueduct Archaeological Park to see the massive aqueducts that have powerfully withstood time and hear detailed accounts of hydraulic engineering abilities attained by the ancient citizens to canalize huge amounts of water to Rome.
You will continue your way to Castelli Romani to visit the Pope’s Summer Palace, perched on the slopes of an extinct volcano whose crater holds a superb lake. After that, the visit goes on the charming Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope meets pilgrims during summer. This famous area is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Italy, where you will also taste the famous local white wines produced on the mineral-rich and fertile volcanic soils.
Private Tours From Rome by deluxe vehicle, Pick up and Drop off. The meeting point can be at your hotel or any other previously agreed spot in Rome. Tours are held at a pre-arranged date and time. Please send you a request to plan your itinerary. Vatican Guided Tours.
- Aqueduct Archaeological Park
- Pope’s Summer Palace
- Cardinal Aldobrandini’s Villa
- And other natural beauties