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Exclusive After-Hours: Private Castel Gandolfo Papal Palace Tour

An Enchanting Private Journey Through the Secluded Splendors of the Papal Retreat


  • Architecture
  • Art
  • History
  • Nature
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Experience the rare privilege of exploring the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo exclusively after-hours, strolling through its solemn halls and gardens under the quiet calmness of the evening sky

Uncover the treasure troves of history and art in the company of a highly knowledgeable private guide, receiving an in-depth, undisturbed appreciation of the Papal Palace's heritage away from the crowds

Enjoy an intimate journey from Rome to Castel Gandolfo and back in a private car, heightening the exclusivity and comfort of your unique after-hours experience at the palace

What to Expect


Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only


5 hours




Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour


Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Exclusive access for the Apostolic Palace and its gardens
  • Pick up and drop off with a private driver at your disposal
  • Reservation fees
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Extras
  • Music Room, TV Room, Urbano VIII's Room (available upon request)

Sites you’ll visit

  • Castel Gandolfo
  • Castel Gandolfo's Secret Garden
  • Apostolic Palace
  • Over the centuries Castel Gandolfo has been elected to be the summer residence of the Popes. It is set next to the peaceful lake Albano, that can indeed be seen from one of its balconies. The historical palace takes its origins from the Middle Ages, and its story echoes the history of the Holy Church and the Popes. The second floor houses the private studio and bedrooms used by the Popes up to present.
  • The Secret Garden of the Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo is an oasis of tranquility, offering a rare glimpse into papal life. Nestled within the summer retreat of the popes, this beautifully manicured garden showcases a variety of plants, serene pathways, and stunning views of Lake Albano, embodying a blend of spiritual reflection and natural beauty.
  • Located just outside Rome, Castel Gandolfo lies on the edge of Lake Albano. Its palace is notable as the summer residence of the popes since 1623, featuring a magnificent terraced park and the former Villa Barberini, built on the ruins of a villa of the Roman emperor Domitian. Precious marble, brocades, and splendid tapestries display the true opulence of the Baroque era.

Tour description

Immerse yourself in an experience of unparalleled exclusivity with our "Exclusive After-Hours: Private Castel Gandolfo Papal Palace Tour". This unique opportunity offers you the astonishing privilege of exploring the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo privately, after all other visitors have departed.

Your evening of exclusive access begins as you are comfortably transported from Rome in a private car. The city's bustle recedes, replaced by the tranquil grandeur of the Roman countryside leading to Castel Gandolfo, a picturesque town on the edge of Lake Albano.

As you step foot into the Papal Palace, you will feel a profound sense of solitude and quiet reverberating through the stately corridors. In this private setting, the palace unveils its charm and majesty anew, gleaming beneath the soft evening light.

As your private guide navigates you through the Palace's captivating history, you can indulge in the opulence of the Pope's private apartments, absorb the majesty of the reception halls, and marvel at the impressive collections of art and artifacts – all without the usual crowd. Your guide's insightful commentary will enlighten you on the complexities of the Papal Palace's history and the intriguing life stories of the popes who have resided here.

The pinnacle of your visit, the Secret Garden, will be memorable. The normally vibrant garden transforms into a serene paradise, offering an extraordinary ambiance for an ethereal walk. The exclusivity of the evening lends an air of gentle mystery to the garden, enhancing the natural allure of this secluded royal retreat.

The majestic panorama of Lake Albano, visible from the Palace terrace, creates the perfect setting for utterly unforgettable moments.

Concluding your private tour, the intimate journey back to Rome in your private car gives you the chance to reflect upon the magical memories made at the divine Papal retreat.

This exceptionally tailored tour brings a highly privileged freedom to explore, observe, and lose yourself in the opulence, tranquility, and mystique of the Papal Palace.

The "Exclusive After-Hours: Private Castel Gandolfo Papal Palace Tour" truly offers an evening shrouded in aristocratic allure and spiritual serenity.

Useful information

  • Not recommended for wheelchair users
  • All visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
  • It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.

Full Refund Cancellation Policy

Eyes of Rome has two policies with full refund terms.
The policies are included and non-optional.
  1. Dolce Vita policy is applied on all Standard Bookings placed more than 72 hours from the date of the event. We provide all our customers with Refundable Terms up to 72 hours from the date of the event for any reason. To apply for a refund including where your tour is cancelled or changed by Eyes of Rome®, please contact our customer service team at info@eyesofrome.com.
  2. Peace of Mind policy is applied on Selected Bookings and on all Bookings placed within 72 hours from the date of the event. We provide all our customers with Refundable Terms so if you are unable to attend your booking due to unforeseen circumstances outside of your control you may be entitled to a refund - please see our full set of Refundable Terms and Conditions here. To apply for a refund, please find the instructions on how to apply in the booking confirmation email you received after payment.

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