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00040 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Pontifical Villas - Barberini Gardens, is the summer residence of the Pope and has been open to the public by pre-booked ticket since March 2014. Some people had difficulty finding the entrance to it as it is not signposted. Buy a return train ticket...More

13  Thank hugo64
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We were so looking forward to the Vatican train to Castelgandolfo for a special tour. Unfortunately, there is nothing special about it. The train does not depart from San Pietro stazione, but from a city stop. It is not a Vatican train, it is a...More

7  Thank TwixtTwain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the first time, under this Pope, the Castel has been opend to the public....all the public rooms, the Pope’s office and bedroom, and offices. The views of the lake are picturesque, and the pageantry of the papacy are well-represented. A very interesting tour. The...More

Thank Conseiller99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an important experience of visiting this place, Spritual, full of Portrets of Pops and a prief Historical explanation of each of them. The Cars are very interresting to Pops Car when he is visiting any country. as for the Pops residence, Saloons, Offices...More

Thank D9719GA_
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Until recent years this was exclusively the summer residence of the Popes which is now open to the public. The gardens are indescribable and peaceful. The tour of the residence is fascinating and informative.

Thank joeF_10
Reviewed 15 October 2018

A pleasant 1 hour audioguided tour of the Pope's summer residence, but dont get out of your way to go and visit. There isn't much to see and the traffic from Rome might lead to more travelling time than actual tour time. We didnt visit...More

Thank DionysisD
Reviewed 6 October 2018

We were on a ships tour whilst on a cruise and were guided about the palace and gardens by a vatican guide she gave us an interesting and comprehensive tour and we appeared to be the only group in the place which was very good....More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Was at the former summer palace of the pope. How beautiful to tour in the comfortable vehicle with the guide and audioguide. The tour of the apartments was also beautiful with unbelievable views of the lake from every window.

Thank Exteam
Reviewed 19 September 2018

The Pope's summer residence is at the entrance to a lovely town square that over looks a volcanic lake. Pope Benedict is the last Pope to use the summer residence (usually in August). The 1st floor is a museum of previous Pope's & then there...More

Thank Martha1105
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Very nice place to visit. Small city near Rome. After the visit go outside to drink coffee and enjoy the view

Thank Guilherme E
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

The Vatican is not limited to those few acres in Rome but the Pope has a holiday house at Largo Albano. Once the Castle of th Gondolfos it has become the property of the Holy See through forfeit of the family to pay debts. The...More

2  Thank glendon1954
Reviewed 5 August 2018

The villa is nothing very special compared to other villas in Italy. I´m sorry....! But be sure to get one of the guided tours in the gardens!

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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 glendon1954 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can buy tickets at the Castel. It is easier to access if you catch a bus from the train station otherwise you will have a long steep climb