A private excursion to the Papal Summer Residence
Led by a professional guide, enjoy a transfer to historic Castel Gandolfo for a fascinating tour of this Papal Summer Residence, only recently opened to the public. Built by Roman Emperor Domiziano in the 1st century AD, it was an imperial palace for centuries before being used as a castle in medieval times. More recently, it became the Summer Residence of a series of Popes, owing to the exceptional beauty of its interiors, verdant clifftop gardens and enviable position above volcanic lake Albano.
After exploring this stately residence, the tour will continue through the picturesque Barberini Gardens, which include the Garden of the Roses, the Holly Oak Square, the Belvedere Garden and the Boulevard of the Nymphaeum. Along the way, guests can admire the ruins of the Imperial Theatre and the Cryptoporticus of the Palace of Emperor Domiziano and breathe in the heady scents of botanical plants once grown for Popes and their staff—a unique, multi-sensory experience.
Return transfers to Castel Gandolfo
A private, guided tour of the Pope’s Summer Residence, lasting up to 3hrs
Discover the secrets of the Cappella Sistina
Visit the hallowed grounds of the world’s smallest state, cross the threshold of the Sistine Chapel and admire some of the greatest works of art ever created with this exclusive private tour.
Led by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at masterpieces including Michelangelo’s extraordinary frescoes and discover the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Galleries of Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps and Raphael’s Rooms. Savour insights into the Popes, artists, dramas and treasures that shaped this sacred building’s history during your tour, and when it’s finished, bask in the peaceful silence of the morning as the only people present in the grand, vaulted chambers.
Return transfers to Cappella Sistina
A private, guided tour of Cappella Sistina, lasting up to 2hrs