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Pope's Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo

Piazza della Libertà (Castel Gandolfo)


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Pope's Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, now the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the bedchamber to the private chapel, from the library to the study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican Museums. 

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo comprise about 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican City) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming. The latter is carried out with full regard for the aesthetics proper to countryside gardening. The entire papal residence enjoys all the privileges of extraterritoriality. When one visits the pontifical estates or Villa Pontificia for the first time, he does not expect to come across the ruins of what is perhaps the most famous villa of ancient Rome, the Albanum Domitiani, the magnificent summer residence of the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD), which once covered roughly 14 kilometers along the Appian Way towards Lake Albano.
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Meeting Point: Report at the entrance of the Apostolic palace (Piazza della Libertà) with your mobile voucher


  • Visit the fairy-tale villa where popes have come to escape the hustle and bustle of the Vatican since the 17th century
  • Listen to the audio guide to learn delightfully peculiar stories about the many popes who used the villas as their sanctum

What’s included: 
  • Admission and visit to the Apostolic Palace
  • Audioguide Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Russian

    What’s not included: 
    • Guided tour
    • Transportation to Castel Gandolfo
    • Food and drinks

    Additional info:
    • Smartphone tickets accepted
    • Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Albano, get off at Castel Gandolfo.

    • Everyday at 09.00 / 10.00 / 11.00 / 12.00 / 13.00


    • Temperature checks are mandatory
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited