- Visit this sumptuous 17th century palace and use your audio guide to learn about the history of the popes who stayed here
- Explore the ruins underneath the residence that were once part of a villa belonging to Roman Emperor Domitian, a member of the Flavian family who built the Colosseum
- Michelangelo worked very hard for 4 long years between 1508 and 1512 to complete the fresco paintings on the ceiling
Take an exclusive tour of the wondrous papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, part of the territory of the Holy See (Vatican State). Popes all the way up to Benedict XVI used Castel Gandolfo as a relaxing hilltop getaway, but Pope Francis has now ushered in a new era for the property, with supervised public access allowed for the first time.
When Pope Francis became head of the church in 2013, he quickly decided that Castel Gandolfo was far too grand for him. He declined the opportunity to keep it as a private residence, thus creating this amazing chance for the public to come see life behind the papal curtain.
Be greeted at Station St. Peter's, and take a one-hour train ride to Castel Gandolfo. Skip the entrance line, get your audio guide, and the palace is yours to explore.
Castel Gandolfo is not only a beautiful retreat, it's also a place of religious import and historic significance. It served as a shelter for Jewish refugees during World War II, was were Popes Pius XII and Paul VI passed away, and was the residence of Pope Benedict XVI during his momentous abdication in 2013.
Built over the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s sumptuous villa, Castel Gandolfo has been hosting popes for the last 400 years. Join that elevated crowd and spend the day outside of Rome, breathing in the rarefied air of popes and royalty.
NOTE: Suitable dress and decorum are essential at all times - knees and shoulders must be covered, and you may even be refused entry if wearing shorts, a tank top, or low-cut blouse.
St. Peter's Train Station, Rome, Italy
- Welcome and assistance at Aloschi Bros Meeting Point
- Round trip train from Saint Peter Train Station to Pontifical Villas
- Apostolic Palace Skip The Line entrance and audio guide
- Optional gratuities
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Show your mobile ticket at the meeting point (St. Peter's Railway Station). There you'll be escorted on board The Official Vatican Train.
- Don't be late! No refunds are available for latecomers.
- No luggage, large handbag or boxes
- Castel Gandolfo isn't accessible for wheelchair users
- 11:08 Departure from St Peter’s Train Station
- 12:10 Arrival at Castel Gandolfo Train Station
- 12:30 Apostolic Palace tour with audio guide
- 17:24 Departure from Castel Gandolfo Train Station
- 18:30 Arrival at Saint Peter Train Station
The representative holds a board with name of Agency: Aloschi Bros. Please be there at 10:45.
Dress code: Mandatory for all churches in Italy
- Knees and shoulders must be covered.
- Low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts are not allowed, for neither men or women.
- If you don't adhere to the dress code, you won't be allowed in