Complete Full Day Papal Experience: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Pope’s Summer Palace
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About this experience
Join our tour of the Vatican including an excursion outside Rome to the splendid Castel Gandolfo and Lake Albano!
We will begin the experience at the Vatican Museum, where you will meet our friendly and professional guide and skip the legendary long lines thanks to our fast-track access.
Our guide will lead you through the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. You will listen to the stories behind these works of art, while the guide points out all the little details most visitors miss.
The climax of any visit to the Vatican is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Absolute silence is expected while inside the sacred chapel, but don't worry, your guide will introduce you to the brightly-colored frescos that adorn the chapel’s walls before entering. With the help of pictures, the guide will point out what to observe when you go inside.
After the tour of the Museums, you will have the unusual opportunity to tour the contemplation gardens of the Pope. We will jump on bus to leave Rome and reach Castel Gandolfo, a little lakeside town just outside the capital where the Pope spends his summers.
An official Vatican guide will greet you to Castel Gandolfo, in the lush Alban Hills show you all the natural beauties of Barberini Gardens. Built over the remains of Emperor Domitian’s villa, these gardens have been acknowledged as the most wonderful in Italy.
The Renaissance complex is a treasure made by different aesthetic influences, blending features from imperial Rome with classical garden landscapes like the Magnolia Garden and the Path of Roses.
You will enjoy this relaxing stroll and then you have some time to lunch nearby.
The Papal Residence is the last visit of our full-day experience. During this carefully designed tour, you will discover the insight of the Papal life.
Urban VIII was the first to choose this amazing palace for his meditation retirement back in 1626. You will walk on the Papal Apartments, including the Pope's private bedroom, study, and chapel, while the official guide tells you everything about the history behind these walls and the traditions still alive today. It is often called the ‘Second Vatican’, and from its Papal Terrace, you will enjoy amazing views on the surrounding landscape from the Papal Terrace.
No wonder that this was the place chosen by Popes to reflect and meditate.
Afterward, we will come back to Rome.
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Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Pontifical Residence of Castel Gandolfo
Gallery of Maps
Gallery of Tapestries
Villa Barberini Gardens
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No-Wait Access ticket for Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens
English speaking guide for Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens walking tour
Access to Apostolic Palace, Private Papal Apartments and Barberini Gardens
All transfers in air-conditioned bus
What's not included
Meal and food
Near Museum Entrance, Vatican City.