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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