Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Guided Tour

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Category: Guided Tours
Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo with a professional guide!

Have you ever wondered to take a walk through the papal gardens? Now with this amazing guided tour, you'll be able to discover places kept closed to the public for a long time. From the Barberini Garden and the Magnolia Garden, to the Avenue of Roses, the Avenue of aromatic herbs and the one of nymphs, until the oaks Square and the Belvedere Garden, a beautiful path that will make you forget the flowing of time and the crowd and noise of the city. A relaxing tour, plunged into faith and in these botanical wonders.

With an official Vatican guide, you can admire art, nature, faith and history mixed together.

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IMPORTANT: If the time requested is not available, the museum will confirm a timetable different from the one you requested, but as close as possible to the one you requested.

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Tour with a professional guide
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • See the botanical wonders of the papal residence
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Meeting Point

15 minutes before the starting time, you'll meet the guide at Castel Gandolfo (province of Rome) outside the main entrance of the Villa Barberini.

Guide

Local guide officially authorized.

Important Info

  • The Garden is currently not accessible to people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
  • The cloakroom service is currently not available
  • Only small backpacks are allowed
  • You can bring inside only plastic bottles
  • You can take pictures only without the use of flash
  • You can not bring inside animals
  • You can not have food during the visit
  • You can not smoke in the tour area
  • It is forbidden to pick up flowers, plants and aromatic herbs
  • The site doesn't have a parking
  • The access is allowed only to people properly dressed
  • The guided tour is confirmed even in case of bad weather
  • Visitors may be suject to security controls
  • The tour itinerary is subject to change for unexpected activities of the Holy See or of the State of the Vatican City
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Ville Pontificie - Giardino Barberini Strada Provinciale 71/b Via Carlo Rosselli in front of Piazzale Urbano VIII Castel Gandolfo (Rome)

History

The actual Villa stands on the ruins of the ancient country residence of the emperor Domitian built so as to dominate from above the Tyrrhenian Sea; it was a huge complex that included the imperial palace, the servants' houses, a theater, the cryptoporticus and the hippodrome. The successors of Domitian didn't live in the Villa but indeed they demolished some parts of the building to reuse its materials in new constructions.

Around 1200 on these ruins was built the castle of the Genoese Gandolfi family, hence the current name of Castel Gandolfo and the first Pope who decided to regularly live here was Urban VIII in 1626; Carlo Maderno was commissioned by this Pope to readapt and expand the old medieval castle, in order to make it suitable to its new function of Pontifical Palace. In 1628 Taddeo Barberini bought some lands in the area and there formed the Villa Barberini, completed in 1635 (in its properties are still visible remains of the ancient Villa of Domitian).

Starting from 1870 there were long periods, in which all this property was left closed and abandoned by the Popes who used to live somewhere else, but over the years the building has also undergone several extensions and renovations. It was only with the signing of the Lateran Pacts (11 February 1929) that the Pontifical Palace of Castel Gandolfo with its attached villas, was officially recognized as property of the Holy See.

Then, there were made connections among the three villas that made up the complex (Giardino del Moro, Villa Cybo and Villa Barberini) by the overpass and the loggia; in 1934 there was also transferred the Astronomical Observatory of the Jesuit Fathers.

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