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Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

The Basics

Castel Gandolfo is one of the medieval walled villages just outside of Rome known as the Castelli Romani, or Roman Castles. Castel Gandolfo is best known for the Pontifical Villas, or Apostolic Palace. This historic summer residence for popes includes a baroque palace, the vast Barberini Gardens, ruins from the Roman emperor Domitian’s villa, and a working farm. The Apostolic Palace was once closed to the public, but Pope Francis turned it into a museum.

Visit on a tour or a shore excursion, or opt for a food and wine tour that combines a visit with an introduction to local specialties like porchetta and Romanella wine. Adventurous travelers can take a self-driving tour of the Castelli Romani in a vintage car or on a Vespa.

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Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers
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Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers
$1,094.87 per adult
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OMG! Don't miss this opportunity if...
OMG! Don't miss this opportunity if you have even the slightest interest in seeing the interior of the Apostolic Palace. I had high expectations and they were surpassed. We noted the group tours there, with headphones. I have to tell you, having a private Vatican guide gave undivided attention, and we were able to see the rooms without having to strain through the large groups present. The luncheon afterwards was amazing, both in the food and the view. I can't wait to go back and do this again.
Marilyn_H, Sep 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Matthew_C, Jul 2022
Audio-guided tour of the Villas of Castel Gandolfo & Barberini Gardens
The museum was beautiful, but the cliff side town is a gem. If you take the train, make sure you get the van transfer from the station to the Castel. Also if you don't want to purchase the return in advance, have the TrenItalia app on your phone to purchase. The ticket machine was down at the CG station.
Nice tour
Anonymous, Jun 2022
A Walk in the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
Very much enjoyed the palace you. The walking tour too long because we had to go as a large group. We kept stopping and waiting for others to catch up. Do the guided tour on the shuttle.
A must do - to take a break from hustle/ bustle of the city (Rome)
Alice_L, May 2022
Castel Gandolfo - Transfers from Rome included
Riding the golf cart back after our picnic provided better opportunities for great photos 👍 The audio tour was very helpful & we were able to do the Pope’s Palace / Museum at our own pace
This was awesome. Our...
Karen_A, Jul 2022
Tour to the Roman castles: Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo, a day from Rome
This was awesome. Our tour guide was so on time, great vehicle, very kind and patient. He gave us the best tour around this cute towns. He took the time to explain the history around each one of them. He knew the vendors of every town and was patient enought to wait for us to see everything and he was always offering to take our pictures. He finished it up recommending the most wonderful restaurant in Castel Gandolfo. It was delicious. Very professional service. We are extremely pleased with this tour. Highly recommend it!!
10/10 If you plan to do a...
JulioA_V, Oct 2021
Audio-guided tour of the Villas of Castel Gandolfo & Barberini Gardens
10/10 If you plan to do a unique tour that most people who go to Italy don't do. I will 100% recommend this tour; the people were all sweet and attentive throughout the entire experience, and you will have the chance to have something new to talk about, which few will know about. Again, the food was good, and the gardens were beautiful.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours of Castelli Romani—including the town of Castel Gandolfo and the Apostolic Palace—include a significant amount of outdoor walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

  • You can use small electric golf carts to tour the Barberini Gardens.

  • The palace and estate are not accessible to wheelchair users, but the town of Castel Gandolfo can easily be explored with a wheelchair.

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How to Get There

The town of Castel Gandolfo is located about 15 miles southeast of Rome, in the Lazio countryside, and can be reached by car or by taking a train from the Roma Termini station. To explore the countryside and lake outside the town, it’s best to join a private or small-group tour that includes transportation to avoid having to navigate the rural roads.

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When to Get There

The countryside of the Castelli Romani, the town of Castel Gandolfo, and the lush Barberini Gardens at the Apostolic Palace are at their best in spring and fall.

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The Castelli Romani Rome’s Bucolic Countryside

To escape from Rome’s crowded and popular streets, head to the rolling hills of the Castelli Romani. Once a series of fortified strongholds, these historic towns, and the surrounding countryside, are among the most scenic spots in all of Italy. Towns like Castel Gandolfo, Arriccia, Nemi, and Frascati offer medieval charm and sweeping views, and the area is known for excellent sheep cheese, cured pork, and red wine.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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