Tickets for Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo

Take a tour of the Pope's tranquil gardens just 40 minutes from Rome

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Entrance to the Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, just 40 minutes from Rome
A relaxing stroll through the lush gardens of the Pope's summer residence
Stunning views of Lake Albano and the town of Castel Gandolfo
A complimentary porchetta or vegetarian sandwich, beer or wine, bottle of water, and Italian wine biscuits

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Transportation to Castel Gandolfo

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If wandering the Pope's pristine back garden has you overcome with Papal intrigue, make sure to add entrance to the Papal Palace to explore the Pontifical Villas, which are laden with history and priceless art.

  • Take an escorted look around Castel Gandolfo's beautiful Papal Gardens, which were only opened to the public by Pope Francis in 2014
  • Sit down for some Italian snacks, and soak up the unique atmosphere of the Pope's summer residence
  • Opt to go inside the Apostolic Palace, a grand retreat where popes have come to escape the hustle and bustle of the Vatican since the 17th century

These tickets for the Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo get you a rare glimpse inside the Pope's impeccable gardens – the Gardens of Villa Barberini – plus the option to venture inside the grand Apostolic Palace.

Overlooking the emerald green waters of Lake Albano, this stunning complex is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome. There's a reason why Italian's plan their dream weddings here – it's mesmerizing.

Just 40 minutes by train from Rome, Pope Francis opened a huge portion of the site to the public in 2014. Spend some time admiring lush tree-lined gardens and manicured shrubbery, and make sure to visit the Belvedere and Magnolia gardens.

Then, sit down for a tasty snack package with drinks that's included in your ticket.

This divine property has provided peace and quiet for more than 30 popes since it was built in the early 17th century. You'll be overcome with Papal intrigue, so make sure to add entrance to the Apostolic Palace for a look inside.

Insider tip

Look out for ruins in the gardens – you'll find what's left of an imperial-era Roman villa, built by Emperor Domitian. And, make sure to visit the Apostolic Palace. The Pope's summer residence is home to stunning halls, adorned with priceless artworks and religious artifacts. You'll wander the rooms and hallways, following in the holy footsteps of popes from down the years.

  • Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of the Papal Palace
  • Please note that a staff member will escort you during your visit due to security reasons (this is not just anybody's palace, but the Pope's summer residence, after all). Respect their instructions, and take in beautiful views while strolling through the tranquil gardens
  • At the end of your visit, you'll be escorted to an area where you can sit and enjoy your food package
Saturday 08:30 - 18:30
Sunday 08:30 - 18:30
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Papal Palace & Gardens of Castel Gandolfo
Piazza della Libertà, 00073, Castel Gandolfo
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