Departure time: on demand
- Guided tour
- Booking and
- Round-trip transport from Rome
- Lunch in a typical fraschetta
- The garden is not
currently accessible to wheelchair users or persons with reduced
mobility. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes.
- Access is granted only to
visitors who are appropriately dressed (shirts without sleeves,
shorts and mini-skirts are not permitted).
- The tour itinerary is
subject to change due to unanticipated activity on the part of the
Holy See or Vatican City State.
- A cloakroom service is not
currently available and only small bags and rucksacks are permitted.
- Only plastic bottles are admitted
- It is possible to make picture but without flash
- Animals ar not accepted in the site
- It is forbidden to eat during the tour.
Who has never wished to
visit, at least once in a lifetime, the Pope’s Gardens? That
magnificent and secret place overlooking the lake of Castel Gandolfo,
where there is a perfect equilibrium between the splendour of art and
Thanks to Pope Francis this dream came true.
The tour will start from
the Barberini Garden, the most accessible and also the least known.
Visitors entering the villa, which belonged to the Barberini family
before passing to the Holy See by the concordat of 1929, will have
the chance to admire extraordinarily evocative natural and
archaeological contexts: from the Magnolia Garden to the Path of
Roses, from the Path of aromatic Herbs to that of the Lilies, from
the square of the holly oaks to the Belvedere Garden. Villa Barberini
was built over the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, thus visitors
may discover the romantic ruins of the imperial Theatre or the
crypto-portico. Looking out over the Piazzale Quadrato or the
Belvedere Gardens, you will enjoy an amazing view of all of Latium,
extending out to the blue line of the sea.
You will then visit some
rooms of the Apostolic Palace, or Papal Palace, according to the
hierarchical structure of the Seconda Loggia of the Apostolic Palace.
properties of Castel Gandolfo include the Papal Palace (comprising
also the Specola,
the Vatican Observatory), the Barberini Palace, apartment housing for
21 employees, an electrical plant, offices, farm buildings and animal
stables. Also contained in the villas are buildings in the Villa Cybo
set aside for the religious community of the Maestre Pie Filippini
and their school, and two cloistered convents housing the Poor Clare
and Basilian Nuns. In the square in front of the Papal Palace, the
parish house assigned to the Salesians stands alongside the
Pontifical Church of St Thomas of Villanova.
Our team is ready to answer all your questions, from monday to saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (gmt+1)
Telephone: +39 0664525883
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