Vatican Museums, Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Trip
Travel to the Pope's summer home from the Vatican and enjoy a plentiful lunch
Few Vatican tours actually visit the beautiful Vatican Gardens. On this tour, visit the gorgeous Vatican property and travel to Castel Gandolfo without hassle.
What you will see on this tour
- Vatican Museums Tour
- Sistine Chapel
- Vatican Gardens
- A Relaxing Train Ride
- Castel Gandolfo Gardens
- A Miniature Colosseum
- A Secret Tunnel for the Pope
- Lunch! eat like the Pope
- The First Post Office in the World
- The Pope's Summer Residence
- The Pope's Costumes
- Papal Pinacoteca
- Palace Audience Rooms
- Pope's Personal Office
- The Pope's Bedroom
- Return Home on the Train
Place yourself in the Pope’s shoes and envision life as pontiff of the Catholic Church. Go beyond the Vatican Museums and see the Pope’s summer residence on this day trip from Rome. Explore the gorgeous hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano. This exclusive day trip begins at the Vatican Museums, continuing through the Vatican Gardens before proceeding by train to Castel Gandolfo. This full-day Vatican experience includes:
- - An early access, skip the line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour
- - Delicious local lunch
- - Round trip train tickets to Castel Gandolfo
- - An English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
- - Tickets to the Pope’s summer residence
Skip the Line Vatican Tour
The Vatican Museum's Best Galleries
Visit the Incredible Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.
An Exclusive Stroll in the Vatican Gardens
Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo Train
Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo
A Feast Fit for the Pope Himself
Explore the Pope's Summer Residence
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Near the Vatican Museums Entrance - on the opposite side of the main street.
What to bring?
The Vatican dress code dictates you cover your knees and shoulders. If you do not meet the dress code, you may be denied entry! No need to dress like the people living there, covering your knees and shoulders is sufficient. Wear comfortable shoes.
Q: Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: This tour will not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. If you want a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, we offer several other Vatican tours that include a visit to the church.
Q: Does this tour include the Sistine Chapel?
A: Yes! The Sistine Chapel is attached to the Vatican Museums. Your tickets include a visit to Michelangelo's masterpiece. You will have about twenty minutes to enjoy Michelangelo's incredible frescoes.
Q: What is a Vatican skip the line tour?
A: As an accredited Vatican tour operator, we get to go directly inside the Vatican Museums without waiting in any long ticket lines, only security.
Q: Does the Vatican close for special religious events?
A: During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may close unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide still provides explanations of the closed areas from outside and they will show you an extra area inside the Vatican Museums.
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I enjoyed seeing the Vatican and then seeing the Pope's summer home. The food they supplied was delicious.
The Pope's Summer House was so cool and it was a beautiful day when we went, so we were able to see the property in amazing light! Thank you Tour Guy!
This tour was very interesting, getting to the Pope's Summer Residence and explore the Castle Gandolfo was an experience that I will cherish forever!