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Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo: Tours & Tickets

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All reviews pope's summer summer residence barberini gardens train station day trip open to the public overlooking the lake apostolic palace pope benedict garden tour vatican museum nice view enjoy the view roman ruins papal apartments steep hill town square
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Driving with an open bus for 50 minutes is really worth the 20 Euros. You drive, where for 300 years the Popes found some rest. Typical Italian Garden of the 18th century onwards! I loved it very much!!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank sakkara11
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited on an excursion from a cruise ship, so it was a 2 hour bus journey to get there. When we went into the palace, there was a huge row (in Italian, which we do not speak) between our guides and the security guards....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank cruiserWarrington
Reviewed 2 October 2019

The gardens were not at their best as we visited mid September nonetheless, they were spectacular and how they had been developed was very interesting. The villa was worth a visit but do not expect to see the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican museum but...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 26 September 2019 via mobile

We stopped by with our tour group at this beautiful place for a visit and lunch as well. This place was not open to the public before, only recently it has been opened to the public. We walked around the complex guided by an officer....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mkr5478
Reviewed 13 September 2019

Nice gardens, but it's not like Vatcan gardens, but has a nice view, an italian palace with nice private rooms with paitings of some popes, a history visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2019

It is a bus tour for less than an hour. You are given an audio guide that the human guide tells you precisely what number to enter at each particular view of the gardens. It is finely coordinated. The gardens are quite varied with manicured...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

We first visited the garden and then the pontifical house. The gardens are amazing. No words to describe the place, you need to be there to enjoy the view and the beautiful well maintain gardens. The whole tour in the gardens take around 45min. We...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SiLoVeoLoDigo82
Reviewed 7 September 2019 via mobile

We went for a tour round the papal apartments first, they were magnificent and the view across the lake. Is beyond words. Afterwards we boarded the bus for a tour round the gardens, it’s not often we are lost for words but suffice to say...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ria831
Reviewed 4 September 2019

Very beautiful and well maintained park. Great views. Very good visit organization. Audioguide provides comprehensive information.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Marianchetotosheva
Reviewed 1 September 2019

Didn't do the gardens, but the palace was well worth it. Take a train from Rome Termini station, then change for a bus at Ciampino. Cost is 2.8 euro. about 45 minute trip.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Judy P
13 October 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
I think the gardens are closed some of December, check the website but if it's open, I would prebook
Judy P
3 October 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
I think they are only open certain days. checking museiivaticani may give you some answers