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Tickets for Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo: Skip The Line

Relax like a pontiff in these glorious gardens

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Overview
Opening hours
09:00 - 14:00 (closes 17:30 on Saturdays in summer). Last admission is 1 hour before closing.
Highlights
  • Visit the fairy-tale villa where popes have come to escape the hustle and bustle of the Vatican since the 17th century
  • Tour around beautiful gardens, built into the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s own 2,000 year-old country residence
  • Listen to the audio guide to learn delightfully peculiar stories about the many popes who used the villas as their sanctum
Description

This divine property has provided peace and quiet to more than 30 popes since it was built in the early 17th century. Get the papal treatment as you skip the line and enter the Papal Gardens. Overlooking the sapphire blue and emerald green waters of Lake Albano, this stunning complex is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome.

Located in tiny Castel Gandolfo, one of Italy’s most scenic towns, the Papal Palace complex spans 55 hectares - 11 more than the Vatican (which makes Pope Francis the only person whose holiday home is bigger than the country he governs).

This prime land ended up in papal hands back in 1596, when the once-mighty Savelli family lost the plot (to bankruptcy). Decades later, Pope Urban VIII ordered the construction of a country home here; the views across the lake and of the surrounding hills are spectacular. The audio guide will fill your ears with some high quality papal trivia as you're being driven around. Find out which pontiff installed a swimming pool, and which one laid low in Castel Gandolfo for months after handing in his resignation.

Just recently Pope Francis, aka Cool Pope, opened a huge portion of these premises to the public. So you can spend some time admiring the lush tree-lined gardens and, of course, viewing the remains of Emperor Domitian’s residence.

The next pope might not be as open minded, so in a few years the gardens could close to the public once again. This could be your best chance to see something that for 400 years only the Holy could See.

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Smartphone tickets accepted
Skip The Line
What's included
  • Entrance to the Papal Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Papal Villa in eco-friendly transport
  • Transportation to Castel Gandolfo
Instructions

Show your smartphone ticket at the Apostolica Palace (Castel Gandolfo) entrance.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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Address
Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
Piazza della Libertà, 00120 Castel Gandolfo, Rome
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Audio guide
English, Italian, Spanish, German, French and Russian
Additional info

Getting There:

Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Albano, get off at Castel Gandolfo.

Reviews
Ullrich, Germany
Oct 4, 2017
Die ca. 55 ha große Anlage ist wirklich einen Besuch wert. Die Fahrt mit dem offenen Bus mit etwa 20 Teilnehmern durch die Anlage war ein Erlebnis. Der Audioguide wird durch die Ansage der jeweiligen Nummer, die vom Fahrtbegleiter jeweils genannt wird, problemlos nutzbar und ist sehr informativ.
Vom Bahnhof Termini waren wir 40 Minuten unterwegs; das Rückfahrticket hat 4,20 Euro / Person gekostet. Am Bahnhof hat uns ein Bahnbediensteter sogar das Ticket aus dem Automaten gelassen. Alles perfekt.

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