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Beautiful gardens that seem to go on forever!

These are the papal gardens behind the high walls that surround Castel Gandolfo. The tour is... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
New York, New York, United States
A large secret garden

The train/bus takes the strain as the tour winds through the formal gardens, past fountains, summer... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Citta della Pieve, Italy
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“huge garden”(2 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Strada Provinciale 71/b | Via Carlo Rosselli, davanti al Piazzale Urbano VIII, 00073 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

We normally book the walking tour which takes 2 hours, but for some reason it was not available this October as it was every year before. As we knew the eco bus tour would take us to the papal farms we were excited about this...More

Thank BettyKate
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Unlike other reviewers we had a marvelous tour with an open air vehicle. Our guide made several stops along the way to describe areas. We were able to walk certain areas. This was part of our tour package.

Thank Elmo426
Reviewed 30 April 2018

A wonderful, beautiful, huge garden. Visiting in April there were not a lot of flowers yet, I suspect it will be breathtaking later

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 27 November 2017

If it wasn't so hilariously awful it would have been horrible. We were hurried onto the most bizarre vehicle, some giant safari like bus with obscured sides and a very non-transparent plastic covering on it! It is no exaggeration to say noone could see anything!...More

Thank Lara B
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We did this tour in the end of november. They put you inside a bus which has plastics(to protect you from the cold) instead of windows which blocks your view(they are not transparent at all) and you need to stay inside the bus throughout the...More

1  Thank Arda H
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Part of an all-in ticket on Saturdays which includes the Vatican Museums & Gardens, the Sistine Chapel, a Train to Castel Candolfo and a tour of the museum of the Pontifical Villas and of these Gardens. €50 per capita in Summer 2017 and worth every...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 28 October 2017

These are the papal gardens behind the high walls that surround Castel Gandolfo. The tour is informative, and the scenery lovely. Book in advance as places are limited, and this is the reason why everyone comes to this town.

Thank BobC558
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The train/bus takes the strain as the tour winds through the formal gardens, past fountains, summer house, excavations, olive groves and vineyard where the Vatican is supplied with sacrament wine and olive oil. A restful way to pass an hour and not be walking!

Thank M H
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

When visiting the gardens, your are driven around in a minibus for a tour of about 50 minutes. Nothing really exceptional in these gardens and absolutely not worth the 20 Euro's. Spend your money on villa d'este in Tivoli : cheaper and much more impressive.

1  Thank Koen67
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We did the guided walk tour of 2 hours and enjoyed every minute of it. The garden is very beautiful and our guide was very knowledgeable. We just went to the entrance of Castello gandolfo and bought the tickets there without reservation. The next tour...More

Thank 514izab
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Alice H
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Response from Stephen P | Reviewed this property |
One hour each.
17 September 2017|
Response from M H | Reviewed this property |
The gardens are just about 200m from the palace outside the town walls. They are very large but as we had booked an inclusive deal we got driven around the gardens in open sided mini buses. There is parking outside the... More