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Vatican Museums & Pope’s Summer Residence Day Trip

written by Zeke Lim January 11, 2019
Vatican Museums & Pope’s Summer Residence Day Trip

Vatican Gardens, Lunch and Train Tickets Included

This Vatican experience features a tour of the Vatican Museums, followed by a day trip to the Pope’s summer residence. Enjoy round-trip transportation from Rome and a locally-sourced buffet lunch in Castel Gandolfo, both included with the tour.

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.

Skip the Line and Tour The Vatican 

You’ll start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums to skip the line and enter forty-five minutes before the general public. After going through a brief security check, you’ll proceed right inside to begin your tour.

The Vatican Museum’s Amazing Galleries

As you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, you’ll explore the Vatican Museums’ most beautiful galleries: the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Gallery of the Maps. You’ll see frescoes depicting the geography of the Italian peninsula that predate a unified Italy by almost three centuries.

The Awe-Inspiring Sistine Chapel

As part of the Vatican Tour, you’ll experience Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Stand in awe at the iconic meticulous frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. You’ll be amazed at how Michelangelo spent four years painting The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement while lying on his back. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you fascinating stories about the history of each painting.

As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is not allowed. Our guide will explain the frescoes to the group in advance, providing a map/handout for reference prior to entering. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders while inside the Sistine Chapel. As summer temperatures in Rome get very hot, we recommend bringing a scarf or shawl to cover up.

Stroll Through the Vatican Gardens

Your tour will continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your highly-demanded Vatican Gardens tickets, you’ll breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. Stroll through the Vatican Gardens’ grottoes, landscaping and over 100 fountains. You’ll see jaw-dropping views of St. Peter’s Basilica away from the crowds – very few visitors are permitted inside the Vatican Gardens. Once your Vatican Gardens tour is finished, you’ll enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo.   

A Scenic Train Ride from Vatican City

You’ll board the train departing from Stazione di Città del Vaticano as a special guest of the Vatican, the only people allowed to board. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Castelli Romani Hills to Castel Gandolfo. This is the perfect opportunity for you to rest and relax before the second half of this day trip. Your train will arrive at the Castel Gandolfo Train Station, where you will board a bus to the Barberini Gardens and the Apostolic Palace (the Pope’s summer residence).

Castel Gandolfo Train from Rome, Italy

Castel Gandolfo’s Barberini Gardens

After a bus ride up the hill, you’ll visit the marvelous Barberini Gardens. Once the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the Barberini Gardens boast beautifully-designed hedges situated amidst flowers, fountains and Ancient Roman ruins. Your guide will tell you stories about the history of the gardens and the many points of interest located within. Experience firsthand the mastery of landscape design that the Barberini Gardens boast.

Barberini Gardens, Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Feast on Italian Delicacies

Once you’ve explored the lush scenery of the Barberini Gardens, the tour will break for lunch (included with the tour). You’ll sit down to a sumptuous spread of locally-sourced, organic Italian meats, cheeses, olive oil, tomatoes and pasta. Many of the organic ingredients from the tour’s lunch are available for purchase to enjoy later.

Visit the Pope’s Summer Residence

After lunch, you are free to explore the scenic town of Castel Gandolfo. Overlooking the immaculate Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo boasts an array of shops, restaurants, art galleries and cafes. The opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence, is also available. Now a museum open to the public, visitors will enjoy exploring the Palace’s many rooms, art galleries, and collection of cars driven by former popes. Once you’ve finished basking in Castel Gandolfo’s unspoiled splendor, a bus will take you back down the hill to the train station. Unwind after your long day and enjoy the scenery on the train ride to Rome’s San Pietro Train Station.

We offer unforgettable Roman experiences including a VIP Colosseum at Night tour and an electric bike tour of Rome. The Roman Guy will satisfy your palate with a local food tour through Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, complete with wine and dinner. Make your time in Rome an unforgettable one with The Roman Guy.     

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