Guided tour of Castel Gandolfo with the Papal Palace

Excursion from Rome to Castel Gandolfo

With entrance fee to the Apostolic Palace

4 hours
Proprietà: Condivise, Private
on request
Pets not allowed
Guided tour

Castel Gandolfo and Ariccia

Tour with guide and entrance fees included

With our guide we will visit Castel Gandolfo, a delightful town overlooking Lake Albano, for centuries the seat of the papal summer residence. Entrance to the Papal Palace and then we will continue to Ariccia with Piazza di Corte, Palazzo Chigi (external) and the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary.

What we will visit

  • Discover the historic center of Castel Gandolfo and Ariccia
  • Visit the Palace, the Pontifical Villas and the magnificent gardens
  • Immerse yourself in the stories of the popes who have stayed in Castel Gandolfo over the centuries


09:30 - 12:00

Castel Gandolfo

  • Meeting with the guide and visit of the ancient city center of Castel Gandolfo

It is possible to choose the excursion without transfers (meeting in Castel Gandolfo) or with transfer from Rome (pick up at the hotel in the center) or from Frascati train station.

  • We will visit the interiors of the Pontifical Palace and the Pontifical Villas and gardens

The Palace was the holiday home of the popes, starting with Urban VIII who, immediately after his election as pontiff in 1623, began the construction of a building on the site of the Roman villa of the emperor Domitian.

Our journey will tell the story of the papacy from the seventeenth century to the Lateran Pacts, to the stay of John Paul II and Benedict XVI up to the transformation into a museum by Pope Francis.

Finally, we will stroll through the splendid gardens of the Park of the Ville Pontificie with the remains of the ancient Roman villa.

12:00 - 13:00


  • Continue to Ariccia where we will be able to admire the buildings overlooking the Piazza di Corte designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, together with the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Palazzo Chigi (external) and the famous Ariccia bridge.

The majesty of the place and the natural beauty that surrounds it have made it a destination for the Grand Tour.

  • End of tour

Included/ not included

The excursion includes:

  • professional guide, approx. 3 hours
  • Entrance ticket to Papal Palace, pontifical villas and gardens

Does not include:

  • transfers, to request at the time of booking

    This tour is on request for individuals and groups.

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