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Rome: Vatican City in a Train with Lunch at Pope's Residence

Activity provider: Enjoy Rome

Rome: Vatican City in a Train with Lunch at Pope's Residence

Activity provider: Enjoy Rome
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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Vatican gardens. Travel by a special train from the Vatican City to the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo a lovely town overlooking Lake Albano.

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Duration 8 hours
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English, Italian


  • Visit the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, an exclusive destination recently opened to the public
  • See the Papal Palace and the pope's private gardens
  • Skip the line and discover the of art in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at the Pope's Summer Residence
  • Visit the remarkable Vatican Gardens
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The most memorable things to do in Rome – this unique experience begins with a day trip from Rome to one of the most exclusive destinations. Explore the Pope’s Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo – a beautiful, small town overlooking Lake Albano. One of Italy’s most scenic towns, located only 15 miles southeast of Rome, it is understandable why Popes have chosen this spot as their sanctuary for hundreds of years. Recently opened to the public by Pope Francis for a select number of tours, this sightseeing tour allows you to escape into the Pope’s private and luxurious Barberini Gardens, the Papal Palace and stroll around the beautifully scenic and serene town of Castel Gandolfo. Followed by a Vatican tour which includes visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens. Where you will see all of the must-see destinations when visiting Vatican City. Experience a peaceful retreat in two of the most unforgettable places to visit in Rome. ITINERARY 1.This exclusive day trip from Rome begins with one of the main destinations and top things to do in Rome – the Vatican Museums. And with our Priority Access, you skip the line, allowing you more time to discover the great works of art by Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini. 2.Our sightseeing Vatican visit continues to one of the most revered places to see in Rome – and the world – the Sistine Chapel. An absolute must-see in Rome, our expert guide will take you around to explore the amazing works of art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by one man. 3.Then you will be visiting an essential to your Rome itinerary. Covering the most significant and spiritual destinations in the world, The Vatican Gardens, an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. 4.The second part of the tour begins with 11:00 am train ride to the Pope’s Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. One of Italy’s most scenic towns, located only 15 miles southeast of Rome, it is understandable why Popes have chosen this spot as their sanctuary for hundreds of years. 5.A short ride by mini bus from the train station and you arrive to the top of this secluded, charming town where your exclusive sightseeing tour begins. Explore the Pope’s private and luxurious Barberini Gardens, using your audio guide, before sampling a yogurt snack straight from the Pope’s private farm. Then eat lunch and stroll around as you absorb the breathtaking views of this scenic town. 6.Recently opened to the public by Pope Francis for a select number of tours, the Papal Palace – also known as the Apostolic Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno- the same architect as St. Peter’s Basilica’s façade. Previously off-limits, you can now discover the rare history and treasures contained in its extravagant yet intimate interior, including the works of Bernini.
  • Skip the line with Priority Access
  • Live guide for the Castel Gandolfo tour
  • Live guide for the Vatican tour
  • Small group (25 people maximum)
  • Train from the Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo and train back to the St. Peter's train station
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Weapons or sharp objects

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Sistine Chapel has a strict dress code year-round. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
  • The Vatican has strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most sites, it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates and Segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
  • If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.) please contact the tour operator in advance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Private tours are available to meet these needs, on request.
  • Please note that the meeting point is outside the tour operator's office. For security reasons, no personal belongings may be stored there. Please plan accordingly.
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Just beautiful

Everything went great. Our driver to Castel Gandolfo was just great. Very personable and explained and told me a lot along the way because I also speak Italian. I then translated it into English for my relatives from Australia. Lunch in the garden was great, great atmosphere and Castel Gandolfo is a super cute little town. The view of the lake is amazing. in dream! On the way back, the driver was so nice and let us out in Termini so that we could drive comfortably and quickly to the next meeting point. Thank you again for that! It was a great experience!

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August 8, 2019

Fantastic tour ... less organization

The Tour was really interesting, very nice, I am satisfied. Unfortunately I am not satisfied with the organization. I booked in May the tour for August 24, Catel Gandolfo with audio guide and the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica with guide in Italian, as shown on the ticket with the personal code. On 23 August (the day before the tour) I am contacted by phone and they tell me that I made a mistake in booking, on Thursday the Vatican Museums do not have a guide, or I choose the audio guide or they reimburse me the cost of admission. I choose the audio guide, which is only for the Museums and not for the Basilica .. If it was communicated to me in May I would have changed the date. The meeting point for the bus is in via Cavour, then after Castel Gandolfo it leaves you in the area (but not close to) the Vatican Museums and gives you some (wrong) indication to collect the Vaucher for the museums. Believe me it was not easy. I repeat the TOUR was fantastic but not the organizat

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August 25, 2017

Wonderful Day Tour of Castel Gandolfo, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's

Wonderful way to spend the day if you’ve already seen most of the main historical destinations in the city center. The tour began a little early (8:00 am) with a bus ride to the small town of Castel Gandolfo where the Pope’s summer residence is. We rode first by bus, then by a mini eco-train around the sites in this beautiful mountaintop town. After visiting the Pope’s private gardens and the Papal Palace, we were given some time to eat lunch and walk about town a little. This incredibly adorable town sits at the top of the mountain, overlooking the lake so on a clear day (which we luckily had) the views were breathtaking. Definitely enjoyed the morning at Castel Gandolfo more than the afternoon at the Vatican – but a visit there is a must when in Rome. If it were a longer trip, we would’ve liked to spend more time in Castel Gandolfo and around the Castelli Romani. Such a nice change of pace from the city center and so beautiful!

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June 5, 2017

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