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Great tour of Castel Gandolfo and the Vatican

We enjoyed a great tour of Castel Gandolfo and the Vatican last week. The tour began (by bus) with a trip to the Pope’s private gardens, followed by the Apostolic Palace - both beautiful destinations. We were even given a snack apparently straight from the Pope’s private farm before they allowed us to stroll around on our own for lunch. There were a few cute places to eat within walking distance of the sites (with prices less expensive then Rome city center). The town itself was beautiful and very quiet. And definitely off the radar for most tourists visiting Rome. The bus took us back to Rome in the afternoon to begin our 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums and then Saint Peter’s. There was a live guide for this part of the tour – who was fabulous. At Castel Gandolfo, we were given an audio guide but were accompanied around by a tour lead. Normally I prefer live-guided tours but this seemed to work perfectly for the destination. Highly recommended experience!

Wonderful Day Tour of Castel Gandolfo, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's

Wonderful way to spend the day if you’ve already seen most of the main historical destinations in the city center. The tour began a little early (8:00 am) with a bus ride to the small town of Castel Gandolfo where the Pope’s summer residence is. We rode first by bus, then by a mini eco-train around the sites in this beautiful mountaintop town. After visiting the Pope’s private gardens and the Papal Palace, we were given some time to eat lunch and walk about town a little. This incredibly adorable town sits at the top of the mountain, overlooking the lake so on a clear day (which we luckily had) the views were breathtaking. Definitely enjoyed the morning at Castel Gandolfo more than the afternoon at the Vatican – but a visit there is a must when in Rome. If it were a longer trip, we would’ve liked to spend more time in Castel Gandolfo and around the Castelli Romani. Such a nice change of pace from the city center and so beautiful!

Wonderful Day Tour of Castel Gandolfo, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s

Wonderful way to spend the day if you’ve already seen most of the main historical destinations in the city center. The tour began a little early (8:00 am) with a bus ride to the small town of Castel Gandolfo where the Pope’s summer residence is. We road first by bus, then by a mini eco-train around the sites in this beautiful mountaintop town. After visiting the Pope’s private gardens and the Papal Palace, we were given some time to eat lunch and walk about town a little. This incredibly adorable town sits at the top of the mountain, overlooking the lake so on a clear day (which we luckily had) the views were breathtaking. Definitely enjoyed the morning at Castel Gandolfo more than the afternoon at the Vatican – but a visit there is a must when in Rome. If it were a longer trip, we would’ve liked to spend more time in Castel Gandolfo and around the Castelli Romani. Such a nice change of pace from the city center and so beautiful!

The length of the experience may seem too long but it definitely didn't feel that way. The Vatican is incredible and time simply stands still when you are in the Sistine Chapel. You simply don't want to leave the beauty and peace. Our guide, Debora, was amazing. We had a group of 5 and she made an effort to connect with each person in the group throughout the day. She was very knowledgeable and personable. The train ride to Castel Gandolfo was fun. Imagine taking a private train in the back yard of the Pope's home as you exit the amazing gardens. I highly recommend you watch "The Two Popes" in advance of going. I always find myself imagining what life was like whenever I visit a site. The movie certainly brings to life the interactions that may have happened in real life.

Amazing day trip to Castel Gondolfo and Vatican City!

The trip starts in Castel Gondolfo where we've seen the beautiful gardens of the Pope's summer residence and the Apostolic Palace. It was so beautiful and peacefull! Then we had a break for lunch and we eat in a really nice little restaurant before to go back to Rome. The visit of the Vatican Musems and Sistine Chapel was amazing, and to finish the visit to St. Peter's Basilica was wonderfull! In the morning you have an audioguide with good information and in the afternoon we had a live guide who was so nice and knowledgeable! All our day trip was really well organised, I recommend it 100%!