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  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Tiptoe through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens! Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

    Nice tour despite the amusement park-like herding of people through the museum. Guards were a bit rude to visitors. Didn't like that if you missed seeing something the guards wouldn't let you retreat to look again. The tour itself was beautiful!

  • Castel Gandolfo: Papal Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket

    2. Castel Gandolfo: Papal Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket

    Explore the Barberini Gardens and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo on a self-guided visit. Top off your experience with a picnic lunch and a glass of wine on the terrace in the gardens. Arrive in Castel Gandolfo and discover the treasures of the Papal Palace at your own pace. Admire the palace that served as the Pope’s summer retreat, designed by Swiss-Italian architect Carlo Maderno. Head to Villa Barberini and take a stroll through the famous Barberini Gardens. Admire the lush greenery as you wander through the gardens. Finally, enjoy a picnic on the terrace as you take in the views of the gardens. Your lunch includes a sandwich, a bottle of water, a local dessert, and a glass of wine or beer.

  • Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    3. Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    Enjoy a unique half-day tour from Rome that will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Following this, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce ...

    Bus was clean and comfortable Activity was well organized Only disappointment was the lunch

  • Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

    4. Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

    Start your 9-hour program with a bus ride to Castel Gandolfo, a secluded and charming town that’s home to the pope’s summer residence. Explore the pope’s private Barberini Gardens by mini-bus and with the assistance of an audio guide. The Papal Palace was recently opened to the public by Pope Francis. You’ll see the treasures of this extravagant yet intimate interior, including works by Bernini. Enjoy a break for lunch and some free time to explore the town before heading back to Rome. In the afternoon, begin a 3-hour tour of Vatican City at the Vatican Museums. With your priority access you’ll skip the lines, allowing more time to discover the great works of art. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will point out amazing art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by a single person. The last stop on this walking tour of Vatican Ci...

    Excellent tours,so beautiful residents garden for the pope!! My driver was very good.. in the afternoon did a tour of Vatican museum pier was a great tour guide very knowledgeable I learn alot from him

  • Rome: Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

    5. Rome: Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of central Rome for a full-day mountain bike tour in the surrounding countryside and follow a route through pristine nature and landscapes that have inspired some of Italy’s best known artists. The moderately difficult 50-kilometer route will take you past some of Rome’s most historic sites, such as Trajan's Baths, the Ninfeum of Egeria, Villa dei Quintilli and Caracalla’s Baths. Departing from near the Colosseum, bike through Caffarella Park to the Aqueduct Park, named after the historic aqueducts that run through this part of the Appian Way regional park. Because of its idyllic ambiance, Aqueduct Park is often used as a film location. Take the train from Capanelle to Castel Gandolfo, before hopping on your mountain bike to explore the surroundings of Lake Albano. Stop at a local restaurant with a wonderful view of the water and relax as you enjoy a tradi...

  • Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

    6. Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

    Just 12 miles outside of Rome stands the town of Castel Gandolfo, home to the Papal Residence for over 400 years. Join an exclusive tour of the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the popes. Meet your host at the Central Station Termini in Rome to board the train towards Castel Gandolfo. Your tour guide will give you an introduction of your destination, and tell you stories about the many popes, as well as Roman emperors, who used to escape from the Roman summer heat. Once you've arrived at Castel Gandolfo, walk to the Papal residence where you'll receive an official audio guide. Then, enjoy a ride on the Vatican ecological open bus for an hour around the Barberini Gardens. While you enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze, the staff of the Papal residence will prepare your exclusive lunch (if you select the lunch option). Before lunch (optional), vi...

  • Castel Gandolfo: Kayak Food and Wine Tour

    7. Castel Gandolfo: Kayak Food and Wine Tour

    Your tour will begin with you being helped into all of the safety devices, such as the life jacket. You will then partake in a lesson on the ground which will run you through the techniques of paddling and on the use of the kayak. The first leg of paddling will involve your guide teaching you how to paddle, correcting the posture and the movement of your arms as you go. Your first break will then be at the village of the millstones, which consists of submerged stilt houses that you will see from your kayak. After your break, you will engage in another stretch of paddling through untouched nature where you can admire the summer residence of the Popes on the mountain of Castel Gandolfo. You will then take a second break at the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian. Next, you will pass in front of the old structure of the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where all the kayaking and rowing competit...

    Very helpful guides, they take care of you. My wife forgot her purse in a cafe in Gandolfo, one of the guides rode up to the cafe, picked it up, and returned it to us before the trip. Lifesaver.!

  • Rome: Vineyard Visit by Minibus with Lakeside Lunch

    8. Rome: Vineyard Visit by Minibus with Lakeside Lunch

    Experience fine dining, visit a vineyard and explore the picturesque lakeside town of Castel Gandolfo on this day trip from Rome. Depart for the Castel de Paulis Vineyard by minibus and enjoy for a tour of the wine cellar and vineyard, followed by a wine tasting. The tasting includes 3 wines produced at the vineyard, paired with cheese and prosciutto. Following the wine tasting, your guide will take you to visit Castel Gandolfo, one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Explore the cobbled streets, taste local porchetta, and learn about the history of the town. Afterwards, head to La Gardenia. Upon arrival to La Gardenia, enjoy a gourmet lunch on the terrace overlooking Lake Albano. Try gnocchi with black truffles or linguine with lobster. Finally, explore the ancient Roman cave under the restaurant with a coffee or limoncello, before your driver takes you back to Rome.

    Really good. I've been in Rome many times but never visit Rome's vineyards. It was a very pleasant surprise. Veey well organized. Recommended.

  • Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    9. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site o...

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What people are saying about Castel Gandolfo

We were able to get tickets much earlier than the earliest slot on the Vatican museum website ... We were able to quickly go in , show our number in the app to the guy at the reservation window, who then gave us tickets to use in the turnstile to get into the main part of the museum. We were able to tour on our own which is exactly what we wanted to do. Thanks.

There were no tickets left on that date at the official museum homepage, so we bought this a little more expensive ticket. Everything was fine.

It was amaizing experience. Sistine Chapel was amaizing, all the detailed paintings and sculptures. The Map room also made a great impression.

Great experience, chose not to have a guide so we could wander around the museum at our own pace

Much easier and quicker to get in with this ticket.