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Summer Papal Palace

We toured Castel Gandolfo, the summer Papal residence. We took the train from Rome to the Castel... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Denver, Colorado
Vatican tour took us to hilltop village of Castel Gandolfo

This summer residence for the Pope provided an intimate view of his bed chamber and working... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Patrick V
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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15 Apr 2018
“Summer Papal Palace”
28 Apr 2018
“Beautiful and very regal”
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Piazza della Liberta, 00120 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

We enjoyed the Palazzo Pontificio. The decoration is not too over-the-top but very nice and delicate. We enjoyed walking from room to room and the pace was not rushed or difficult.

Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We toured Castel Gandolfo, the summer Papal residence. We took the train from Rome to the Castel Gandolfo railway station and then walked to the Apostolic Palace which overlooks Piazza della Libertà. The town itself is lovely and the Papal Palace - with astronomical observatory...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

This summer residence for the Pope provided an intimate view of his bed chamber and working quarters. The ";popemobiles" were cool.

Thank Patrick V
Reviewed 2 June 2017

GO with CiTY WONDERS! They are the best tour operator in Rome/Castel Gandolfo and the rest of Italy! Robert is Fantastic and so is Francesca! This is truly a MUST SEE! We toured the private apartments of the Pope, stood next to where he speaks...More

1  Thank Glen U
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Amazing marble floors, stunning wall paper (it's not paper but fabric) and amazing ceilings. The papal apartments which only opened this year, are stunning. The views over lake Albano are also amazing. Definitely worth a visit. We added the palace to the end of our...More

Thank BettyKate
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Who needs a palace for his summer residence? Definitely not Pope Francis, the Argentine Pope elected in 2013, who has renounced his right to enjoy the breath-taking Palazzo Pontificio at Castel Gandolfo like his predecessors have always done and decided to open it - including...More

Reviewed 26 May 2016

The personal was very polite. They had audio guides in some languages. The price of ticket is a little to big. You can visit only one floor with portraits of Popes.

Thank Lev G
Reviewed 31 October 2015

My friends and I visited when we stayed a few days in Castel Gandolfo. We enjoyed seeing all the portraits and religious garments etc.staff were courteous and the toilets very clean. It doesn't take very long to go round but was interesting to see the...More

Thank caw982016
Reviewed 23 October 2015

The Palazzo Pontificio is the summer residence of the Popes. It is located at one of Castel Gandolfo's highest points and must have superb views over Lago Albano to the Alban hills and from its upper floors, back to Rome. Have never been inside but...More

Thank V581ZSdonb
Reviewed 21 October 2015

I had no idea that you would be able to go in here. if you do go please book on the internet so you are not disappointed. so frustrating to be there on a Saturday and not be allowed to visit.

Thank Jean P
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22 July 2018|
Response from Sandra W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you do. Visit the Vatican Museums website for additional information. You can take a train there and make it an enjoyable day.