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00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The gardens were absolutely awe inspiring. The place is filled with history. The yogurt, which is made right there, and the olive oil are great. It is truly a one in a life time opportunity.

Thank Raquel R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at the town of Castel Gandolfo after travelling by tram and 2 different trains from our hotel on the west side of Rome. We were excited about the trip and seeing some historic castle perched high on the side of a hill above...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice half-day trip from Rome. It was interesting even I am not religious. Gardens are amazing.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Through my travel agent I was booked for this tour with Gartour. It turned out that it was a new tour for them. The tour guide and an office manager both accompanied me on this tour, a group of one. They were both so friendly...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Expensive but worth it. We had villa tour and garden tour on bus. Very helpful people. Beautiful gardens. Next time I’ll try to do Garden walking tour (2hrs) but gets booked up. Remember to arrive for villa tour 12 at latest as it closes at...More

Thank Stoddd
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I did not go inside the Villa but instead took a tour of the gardens. Wow! They are absolutely magnificent and full of roman ruins. I can imagine the Pope walking up and down these beautiful gardens in a moment of quiet contemplation. The grounds...More

Thank NicN123
Reviewed 5 May 2018

We took the train from Rome to Castel Gandolfo and visited the pope's summer palace. Great little day excursion from the city. The train ride was easy and we even changed trains once. The walk up the hill is quit steep but if you are...More

Thank gregory h
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Of course this is more like a castle... Beautiful rooms, breathtaking pieces of art! Interesting history

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Castel Gandolfo was a great experience. We booked the visit directly with the Vatican and had a very enjoyable day. There are so many visitors to the Castel but overall, once you get in, it moves without any issues or delays. The visit was very...More

2  Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 28 April 2018

Located a good hour away from Rome and overlooking a beautiful lake is the Pope's summer home (Ville Pontificie). In order to tour the home you need to climb up a ramp and get through security prior to purchasing a 5 Euro ticket (Garden costs...More

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Response from gregory h | Reviewed this property |
I went to the tourism office in Rome and asked the best and easiest way to get there. There is a bus that you can take that apparently takes you directly into town, but we opted for the train. It was super easy. The... More
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
The Apostolic palace at Castel Gandolfo which is the Pope's summer palace is open on some days only (check online). The visit can be as long as you want within the opening hours, and there are toilet facilities. There is... More