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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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 hardest part is the walk up the hill to the town. There were tours that you could purchase that were 3 times what i paid for the day. I bought the tickets to the Palace online from the vatican. Don't do the last tour, they will rush you through.
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
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 parking around the town which I think was free. The garden is close to the palace and accessed through the palace grounds. However you do not walk around the grounds which are huge but are taken on an escorted minibus ride. Well worth both visits!!