Unique After-Hours Tour: Pope’s Summer Residence
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Unique After-Hours Tour: Pope’s Summer Residence

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy after-hours access to the Pope’s Summer Residence open only to our small group
  • Discover the Pope’s Private Apartments & Gardens with an Official Vatican guide
  • Relax in private, round-trip transportation from Rome
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer

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Thanks to our special partnership with the Vatican, this exclusive tour allows you to experience the Pope’s Summer Residence, when it is normally closed to the public. Don’t miss the chance to see the Apostolic Palace, Barberini Gardens, and the Pope’s Private Apartments as few ever do.
One of Pope's Summer Residence Room

PRIVATE ACCESS TO THE PAPACY

Our special access to the Pope’s Summer Residence offers you a rare opportunity to visit after closing, when it’s open exclusively to our group.

Stunning Barberini Gardens at Pope's Summer Residence

AN EXPERT GUIDE BY YOUR SIDE

Learn about the history and treasures of this amazing space from an Official Vatican guide.

Pope's study room at Pope's Summer Residence

VISIT THE POPE’S PRIVATE APARTMENTS

Enjoy a one in a lifetime visit to the actual Private Apartments used by the Popes, including spaces like the Papal Bedroom, Study, and Chapel.

Tour Description

Join us for a private, guided visit to the Vatican getaway just 15 miles south of Rome. On our tour of the Pope’s Summer Residence you will get to experience this stunning palace after all the tourists have gone home.

Meet your group in Rome before embarking on a 1-hour private coach ride to the town of Castel Gandolfo. As the city streets of Rome give way to lush forested hills, you’ll begin to feel the enchantment of this area. Sealed off from Rome’s noise and chaos and surrounded by natural beauty, it’s no surprise this town has drawn the Pope here for centuries.

An official Vatican guide will welcome you to the Apostolic Palace for an insider’s look at the rare treasures contained within, including an exclusive visit to the Papal Apartments. There you will see the Pope’s private bedroom, study, and chapel. Your exploration of this remarkable complex, often referred to as the ‘Second Vatican’, culminates in a breath-taking view of Albano Lake from the Papal Terrace.

Continue for a stroll covering the best of the Barberini Gardens, including the impressive ruins of an imperial theatre, the ancient ‘crypto-portico’ covered passageway, and the Path of Roses. Built over the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, this Renaissance masterpiece is nothing less than spectacular. Finish your tour with views of the Belvedere Gardens that sweep to the sea, before boarding your private bus for the journey back to Rome.

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What's included

  • Entrance ticket to Apostolic Palace, Private Apartments & Gardens
  • Expert, English-speaking Official Vatican guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Round-trip transport from Rome in air-conditioned bus

Sites Visited

  • Pope’s Summer Residence: Apostolic Palace, Papal Apartments & Barberini Gardens
  • Lake Albano

Meeting Point

FAQs

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  • I would like to add another person to my booking

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