Guided Visit of Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo

Enjoy discovering the papal palace gardens, a 62-acre farm, the remains of a Roman villa, and the splendid Barberini Gardens.
Guided Visit of Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo
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Overview

In yet another inclusive move, Pope Francis decided to throw open the gates of the Barberini Gardens at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo on March 1, 2014, and make them accessible to all. Join this extraordinary guided tour lead by guides authorized by the State of the Vatican City!

Located in the verdant Alban Hills just south of Rome, the complex of Castel Gandolfo includes the papal palace, a 62-acre farm, the remains of the Roman villa of emperor Domitian, and the splendid Barberini Gardens with their archaeological and natural context of extraordinary beauty.

 

Available from Monday to Friday at 8:30am and 11:30am; Saturdays also at 10:30am.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Languages: English and Italian.

Meeting Point: in front of the main entrance of the Villa Barberini in Castel Gandolfo.

Reservations aremandatory.

At the moment of the visit, it is not possible to increase the number of people from that previously booked.

 

IMPORTANT VATICAN REGULATIONS - PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Vatican requires the name and birth date of all participants of the group, please enter their names in specific field in the order form, once you have added the reservation to your shopping cart.
  • Vatican confirms the visit around two months before the date, so reservation guarantees the insertion into the waiting list.
  • Credit card charge is made the business day after the reservation request.
  • The reservation allows you to enter on confirmed date, only at time confirmed on the voucher.
  • Late arrivals will not be admitted. It is advised to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before time indicated on the confirmation voucher.
  • After the payment is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail with the confirmation of the booking, the voucher containing the reservation code and tour information. You are asked to print off the voucher so as to present it on the day of the tour. The reservation will be checked by means of the bar code present on the voucher. You will have to show the voucher you received by email together with a valid identification document.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; attraction automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out. Tickets will be confirmed upon availability of attraction. Please note time confirmed can be ANY TIME during opening hours.

 

Visitor Regulations:

  • Small backpacks are permitted
  • Only plastic bottles are permitted
  • It is allowed to take pictures without flash
  • Pets not permitted
  • It is not permitted to consume food during the visit
  • It is forbidden to collect flowers, plants, and herbs
  • Access is restricted to individuals with proper attire (sleeveless shirts, shorts and mini-skirts will not be accepted)
  • The guided tour remains confirmed in the case of adverse weather conditions
  • Visitors may be subject to security checks
  • The itinerary is subject to change for unforeseen activities of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City
  • ACCESSIBILITY: The garden is currently not accessible to people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems.
  • Wardrobe is currently not available.
  • Reservations can be made until 4 days before the visit.

 

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HOW TO GET THERE from Rome:

Address:

Pontifical Villas – Barberini Gardens

Strada Provinciale 71/b

Via Carlo Rosselli in front of Piazzale Urbano VIII

Castel Gandolfo (Rome)

By Bus: Subway Line A, direction Anagnina. Get off at Anagnina. From the Bus Terminal COTRAL, take bus line Rome – Castel Gandolfo. Get off at Castel Gandolfo and follow the signs towards the town center (10 minutes walking).

By Train: Termini Train Station, line Rome – Albano. Get off at Castel Gandolfo and follow the signs to the town center (15 minutes walking).

By Car: Highway 7 (Via Appia Nuova) from Rome, exit and follow the signs to Castel Gandolfo, where there are various free and paying parking possibilities. Depending on the chosen car parking, follow the signs to the

Details

In yet another inclusive move, Pope Francis decided to throw open the gates of the Barberini Gardens at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo on March 1, 2014, and make them accessible to all. Enjoy this special privilege and visit the botanical and architectural wonders of the papal residence known as "the second Vatican," a secret and beautiful place overlooking the lake of Castel Gandolfo, where the splendor and glory of art and nature coexist in admirable balance.

Located in the verdant Alban Hills just south of Rome, the complex of Castel Gandolfo includes the papal palace, a 62-acre farm, the remains of a Roman villa, and the splendid Barberini Gardens.

Your itinerary starts from the Barberini Gardens, the least known. You'll be introduced to the archaeological and natural context of extraordinary beauty - from the Magnolia Garden to the Alley of the Roses, from the Alley of the Herbs to that of the Nymphaea, from the Ilex square to the Belvedere Garden.

In Roman times, the Villa of the Emperor Domitian stood in the Villa Barberini area, overlooking the lake. You'll have the opportunity to stand among the ruins of the Imperial Theater and discover the grand and romantic ruin of the cryptoporticus (a covered gallery), immortalized in a capriccio drawing by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Your visit culminates facing the Square Courtyard or the Belvedere Garden, from where you'll enjoy a view over the entire Lazio region, extending over the sea to the distant horizon.

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