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Castel Gandolfo: Pope's Summer Residence & Barberini Gardens on Golf Cart with Lunch

Discovering Vatican and the Summer Pope's Residence : Castel Gandolfo and its Beautiful Gardens with lunch


  • Art
  • Nature
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Opened to the public only in 2016 by Pope Francis, turned the former stunning Papal summer residence into a museum

Enjoy your tour with a delicious lunch and a beautiful lake view

Sit on the back of your Golf cart and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing environment of these 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican City!) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming

What to Expect


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


4.5 hours




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




This tour is suitable for kids of all ages


Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Ticket entrance to the Apostolic Palace
  • Exclusive visit to Barberini's Gardens on Golf Cart
  • Pick up and drop off with private driver at your disposal
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Gratuities
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Castel Gandolfo
  • Apostolic Palace
  • Barberini Gardens
  • Pope's Farm
  • Music Room
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Considered as the green heart of the Pontifical Villas in Castle Gandolfo, they spread for about 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican City!) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming. Recently opened to the public for the first time in history, these manicured gardens are a delightful, peaceful place filled with carefully tended hedges, flowers, fountains and overlooks.
  • The farm in the village of Castel Gondolfo, about 15 miles outside of Rome, dates back to the 1930s, when Pope Pius XI oversaw the creation of a model farm at the 135-acre papal vacation estate overlooking Lake Albano. The “Fattoria delle Ville Pontificie” covers 55 hectares and features stables, henhouses, orchards, gardens, citrus groves, a vineyard, spice garden, an olive grove and a dairy farm.
  • From the Throne Room you access the Music Room. The room takes its name from the piano located in the center of the room, once played by Pope Bendetto XVI. There is also an old Zenith radio that belonged to Pope Paul VI and is still in working order.

Tour description

Start your journey with pickup from your hotel or accommodation. Relax as your hospitable and private driver takes you to the Papal Villas in Castel Gandolfo. Your amazing private guide will let you enjoy beautiful views of the castle as it displays a mixture of Medieval and Baroque architecture. Board your personal golf cart as your guide takes you around the vast gardens of Barberini Gardens by revealing its fascinating history.

You’ll be lead up to the top of the Colli Albani where you can admire the stunning panoramic views from one of the highest vantage points overlooking the outskirts of Rome. Discover the Papal Farm which embraces the traditional lifestyle of Rome. You’ll be introduced to many of the Pope’s animals such as the cows, chickens, sheep and many others. Once back at the Castle, you’ll continue your tour through the Papal summer residence that has since been turned into a museum by Pope Francis. The highlight of this spectacular tour is the Apostolic Palace with its Music Room which is usually closed to the public.

End your tour with an Italian lunch at a well renowed restaurant overlooking the Albano Lake.

Useful information

  • Not available on Sunday
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge 50 % of your bookingfor no-shows or cancellations made within 168 hours of your tour date. For bookings confirmed through deposit-downpayment, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge the remaining tour balance on the day of the tour on the credit card provided during check out
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 7 days from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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