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Pope’s Summer Estate Skip-The-Line Entrance, Train Ride to Castel Gandolfo

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic train ride from Rome to Castel Gandolfo
  • Go for an audio-guided tour of the regal Apostolic Palace, the pope’s summer estate
  • Skip the lines and treat yourself to a hassle-free entrance to the Apostolic Palace
  • After the tour, you can explore Castel Gandolfo on your own
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    From May 7 to 31 October: Every Saturday except on religious holidays


    7 hours

    Start time

    Train departs from St Peter’s station at 11:08am

    Meeting Point

    Meet our Aloschi Rapresentative at the train Station - Stazione San Pietro (St Peter’s Railway Station) located in Piazza della Stazione San Pietro at platform number 1 at least 15 minutes before the train departure.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    See the world from the perspective of the holy Pope with this official Vatican tour of the Pope’s picturesque summer estate in Castel Gandolfo! Enjoy a hassle-free experience, skip long lines and take an audio-guided tour of the Pope’s lavish summer estate in the south of Rome. Stand at the window overlooking the courtyard, the site where the Pope blesses crowds each Sunday during their summer breaks.

    Enjoy a lovely train journey through the picturesque Roman countryside and visit the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo. Stroll through the 136-acre papal summer residence, known as the Pontifical Villas and enjoy an experience rich in natural beauty and spirituality. Situated on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is famous to host the 17th-century Papal Palace. After the tour of the regal and spectacularly beautiful estates, you can explore the city on your own!


    Meet the tour representative at St Peter’s Train Station, located in Piazza della Stazione San Pietro at platform number 1. You will depart from St Peter’s Train Station in Rome at 11:08am and arrive at Castel Gandolfo Train Station at 12:10pm. Enjoy the breath-taking scenic views of the Roman countryside’s rolling hills en-route to Castel Gandolfo.

    Once at Castel Gandolfo, soak in the placid beauty of the Lake Albano before beginning a guided audio tour of the 17th-century Apostolic Palace at 12:30pm. The Apostolic Palace is the seat of the Catholic Church where the Pope enjoys vacations and has leisure time. Skip the lines and enjoy an extensive audio-guided tour of the palace and the Pontifical Villas, listen to the commentary and learn about how different popes used the facilities throughout the years.

    Although situated within Castel Gandolfo, Apostolic Palace is afforded extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See and is not under the jurisdiction of Castel Gandolfo or Italy. After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and explore Castel Gandolfo on your own.

    After the tour, you are free to have lunch and explore the town of Castel Gandolfo on your own. You will depart from the Castel Gandolfo station at 5:24pm and reach St Peter’s station at 6:30pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Assistance by Aloschi Bros at meeting point
    • Round trip train from Saint Peter Train Station to Pontifical Villas
    • Apostolic Palace skip-the-line entrance
    • Audio guide


    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Dress code: Shoulders and knees must be covered. No low-cut, sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

    This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Customer are requested to report in time, no refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after the tour starts.

    Pets are not allowed.

    Wardrobe service is not available, it is not allowed to bring luggage, large handbag or boxes.

    Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.