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Castel Gandolfo Tours

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Castel Gandolfo
The pretty village of Castel Gandolfo overlooks Lake Albano and is a popular day trip destination from Rome. The site offers a peaceful respite from the bustle of Italy’s capital city and is home to the the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens, which make up the papal summer residence and are now open to the public.

The Basics
Castel Gandolfo is one of the medieval walled villages just outside of Rome known as the Castelli Romani, or Roman Castles. Castel Gandolfo is best known for the Pontifical Villas, or Apostolic Palace. This historic summer residence for popes includes a baroque palace, the vast Barberini Gardens, ruins from the Roman emperor Domitian’s villa, and a working farm. The Apostolic Palace was once closed to the public, but Pope Francis turned it into a museum. 

Visit on a tour or a shore excursion, or opt for a food and wine tour that combines a visit with an introduction to local specialties like porchetta and Romanella wine. Adventurous travelers can take a self-driving tour of the Castelli Romani in a vintage car or on a Vespa.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours of Castelli Romani—including the town of Castel Gandolfo and the Apostolic Palace—include a significant amount of outdoor walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 
  • You can use small electric golf carts to tour the Barberini Gardens. 
  • The palace and estate are not accessible to wheelchair users, but the town of Castel Gandolfo can easily be explored with a wheelchair.
 
How to Get There
The town of Castel Gandolfo is located about 15 miles southeast of Rome, in the Lazio countryside, and can be reached by car or by taking a train from the Roma Termini station. To explore the countryside and lake outside the town, it’s best to join a private or small-group tour that includes transportation to avoid having to navigate the rural roads.
 
When to Get There
The countryside of the Castelli Romani, the town of Castel Gandolfo, and the lush Barberini Gardens at the Apostolic Palace are at their best in spring and fall.
 
The Castelli Romani: Rome’s Bucolic Countryside
To escape from Rome’s crowded and popular streets, head to the rolling hills of the Castelli Romani. Once a series of fortified strongholds, these historic towns, and the surrounding countryside, are among the most scenic spots in all of Italy. Towns like Castel Gandolfo, Arriccia, Nemi, and Frascati offer medieval charm and sweeping views, and the area is known for excellent sheep cheese, cured pork, and red wine.
Address: Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Discover Castelli Romani from Rome: Half-Day Tour Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Discover Castelli Romani from Rome: Half-Day Tour Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

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Escape the heat and hustle of Rome with a half-day trip around the hill towns of Castelli Romani. Visit Lake Albano, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, Grottaferrata and Frascati, and sample locally-made wine while learning about wine production in the area. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity to see an untrammeled swath of the Roman countryside while learning about the history of the area from your local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$76.49
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Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers

Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers

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Visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the traditional summer residence of the pope, on this 5-hour private tour from Rome. You'll travel out of the city by Mercedes vehicle for the ride to the museum, also known as the Apostolic Palace, where you'll tour the interior to see rooms like the Music Room. Plus explore the Barberini Gardens on a golf cart, listening to narration while you enjoy views of the Alban Hills. Lunch is included.
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  • 6 hours
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$776.17
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Castel Gandolfo: visit to the gardens and food experience at the pope farm

Castel Gandolfo: visit to the gardens and food experience at the pope farm

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- We will enjoy a tour of the gardens and the Pope Palace in Castel Gandolfo - We will admire the archeological finds in the garden - Look out from the most suggestive viewpoints - Visit to the Pope farm - A chef will teach us how to make fresh pasta and dessert - Be delighted with a lunch at an exclusive location
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  • 8 hours
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Half Day Pope's Summer Residence Tour with Lunch - Castel Gandolfo

Half Day Pope's Summer Residence Tour with Lunch - Castel Gandolfo

If you are looking for an experience that has the right mix of culture and relaxation, at short distance from Rome, here you will probably find what you need! Enjoy a morning visit to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the ancient papal residence and, and enjoy a lunch with typical local food. After a few days of sightseeing in Rome, it’s time to take a day-trip out of the city and enjoy an unforgettable experience!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$109.79
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Roman Countryside Food and Wine Tasting from Rome

Roman Countryside Food and Wine Tasting from Rome

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Escape the urban bustle for a day on this 6-hour culinary tour of the Roman countryside. Travel along the ancient Appian Way through historic villages like Castel Gandolfo, Nemi and Frascati, stopping at vineyards and other gourmet destinations to indulge in local flavors. Taste excellent regional wines, specialty products like ‘porchetta,’ fresh-baked biscuits and creamy gelato while your guide shares insight into the history and culture of the beautiful landscape.
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  • 6 hours
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Castelli Romani, Frascati, Castel Gandolfo, Albano Lake + Wine Tasting - 8 Pax

Castelli Romani, Frascati, Castel Gandolfo, Albano Lake + Wine Tasting - 8 Pax

by our comfortble, with AC, Mercedes Van we drive to Frascati, heart of the "Castelli Romani" Lazio wine region. Visit an superb family-owned small winery, taste delicious local wines, explore the lovely town of Frascati (so called the second capital), and savor a delicious "tagliere" lunch close to the vineyard. Second stop will be the town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. The last part of the tour is the brief tour of the Lake Albano
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  • 8 hours
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$236.60
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Enjoy Castelli Romani!

Enjoy Castelli Romani!

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- Go on an exceptional tour immersed in the flavors of the Castelli Romani Enjoy the side streets and the stories of Castel Gandolfo, Nemi, Genzano, Ariccia and Frascati together with an expert - Look out from the most suggestive viewpoints to admire the beauty of the two lakes - Be delighted by the cappuccino and croissant at the main square in Castel Gandolfo - Visit to the historical centre of Nemi - Enjoy a lunch with typical local produce at a traditional wine cellar - Guided by a sommelier, we will learn about the stories connected with the Castelli Romani wine and will taste 3 kinds of wine accompanied by local produce.
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  • 8 hours
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Tour to the Roman castles: Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo, a day from Rome

Tour to the Roman castles: Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo, a day from Rome

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The Roman castles are located in the territory of the ancient Lazio Vetus, about 30 km from Rome, they are a series of small villages scattered on a territory of volcanic origin, immersed in the green of hills, woods and lakes; there are fourteen villages rich in history, traditions and popular festivals. The origin of the name of the Roman castles dates back to the fourteenth century, when many inhabitants of Rome took refuge in the castles of Roman feudal families such as: Savelli, Annibaldi, Orsini and Colonna, to escape the economic and political difficulties caused by the Avignon Prison. The Roman castles are located on the hills, in the area of the Alban hills, a short distance from each other; this holiday day will give you the opportunity to visit the main hill towns of Nemi, Ariccia and Castel Gandolfo; in the whole area of the castles, agriculture is the main economic and employment resource, together with the production of excellent and renowned wines.
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  • 8 hours
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$311.84
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Audio-guided tour of the Villas of Castel Gandolfo & Barberini Gardens & Picnic

Audio-guided tour of the Villas of Castel Gandolfo & Barberini Gardens & Picnic

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Why not extend your "Vatican" experience to the beautiful papal palace of Castel Gandolfo? Located a short distance from Rome, it is home to the very origins of what would have become the Roman people, where the Popes have their vineyards, farms, olive trees and where you can see up close a Papal Palace open to the public only recently . Visit it at an exceptional price! Save time by purchasing our package that will include tickets and a visit to the Apostolic Palace with audio guide and to the Barberini Gardens on an eco-friendly convertible. You will have the fantastic opportunity to have lunch inside the gardens. Lunch included: (picnic in the gardens with porchetta / veg sandwich + wine / beer + dolcetto)
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Pope's Summer Residence Tour in Castel Gandolfo and Wine Tasting in Frascati

Pope's Summer Residence Tour in Castel Gandolfo and Wine Tasting in Frascati

Castel Gandolfo is a hilltop town located in Lazio winemaking region, just south of Rome. Not only considered one of Italy's most scenic destinations but also famous all over the world because here is the popes' summer residence, which can be visited together with its wonderful gardens with this one-day tour. As part of this tour the lunch is served with all locally grown produce, on a terrace with an awesome view. Not far away we have another wonder of the region, Frascati. Learn about the history of Frascati while tasting local products like slow-roasted pork and Frascati jug wine.Tour our beautiful artisanal Frascati Vineyard and 16th century Farmhouse and Winery accompanied by the winemaker, with a tasting of our three wines; Frascati Superiore DOCG, Red Vagnolo IGT and Sweet Cannellino DOCG. Dinner will be served in the center of Frascati with your favorite wine from the tasting.
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  • 9 hours
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$222.06
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Private Full Day Castel Gandolfo with Papal Villas and lunch at the Albano Lake

Private Full Day Castel Gandolfo with Papal Villas and lunch at the Albano Lake

After a few days of sightseeing in Rome, it’s time to take a day-trip out of the city and enjoy an unforgettable experience! Enjoy a morning visit to the Pontifical Villas in Castel Gandolfo, the ancient papal residence, a panoramic tour of the volcano lake on your private minivan and a typical lunch in a restaurant with an incredible view. The best part of your tour will be in the afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to relax on the shore of a wonder of nature: the Lake Albano. If you are looking for a something cultural but at the same time relax at short distance from Rome, here is probably what you need!
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  • 10 hours
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Visit to the Pontifical Villas in Castel Gandolfo by Open Bus

Visit to the Pontifical Villas in Castel Gandolfo by Open Bus

Enjoy the beautiful open bus ride through the papal villas and the beautiful Papal Palace of this papal summer residence
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$47.00
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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

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Though smaller, and with far less art, the Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas are a feasible alternative to the Vatican for travelers who would like to avoid Rome’s crowds. This tour takes you from your hotel in Rome to the villas—located about an hour south of the city next to Lago Albano—saving you the trouble of navigation. Take a tour of the Papal Palace’s gardens, portrait museum, and library with an audio guide, then explore the town of Castelgandolfo’s pretty historic center. Plus, you’ll get your very own Papal blessing on parchment.
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  • 6 hours
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$203.55
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Half-Day Trip from Rome: Pope's Summer Residence and Barberini Gardens Tour

Half-Day Trip from Rome: Pope's Summer Residence and Barberini Gardens Tour

Visit the remarkably beautiful and scenic village of Castel Gandolfo, a place so beautiful where Popes used to spend their leisure time in summer. Start your day with a train journey from Rome to Castel Gandolfo. And enjoys some breathtaking views on ancient aqueducts on your way. See the enormous Papal Palace with narrations of a multilingual audio guide. Discover a Papal residence that was closed to the public until 2016 then converted into a museum. Next, experience a drive on an ecological open bus to explore the extraordinary Barberini Gardens. And be pleased while having a delightful lunch with spectacular views at a place inside the garden. • Enjoy a train ride with scenic views from Rome to Castel Gandolfo • Explore the tremendous Summer Residence very recently opened to the public • Learn more about the of the places from an audio guide • Have a delightful lunch in the remarkable Barberini Gardens • Get mesmerized by the scenery of Lake Albano
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$134.47
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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas and Catacombs from Civitavecchia

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas and Catacombs from Civitavecchia

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit: • The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included) • Then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town • The scenic view of the Albano Lake • Free time for a very good lunch (own expense). • One of the Christian Catacombs (Skip-The-Line tickets included). Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option) Pickup and dropoff will be at your ship. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 9 hours
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$271.40
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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit: • The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included) • Then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town • The scenic view of the Albano Lake • Free time for a very good lunch (own expense). Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option) Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.55
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Castelli Romani Tour from Rome

Castelli Romani Tour from Rome

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From the very first moment we meet you, you will feel the professionalism of our English speaking drivers; who have year of experience and will take special care of you at all times! Don’t miss the chance to meet The Castelli Romani and let us take you in a completely private tour to these charming towns beyond the traditional attractions of the capital city, you will enjoy this adventure in our super comfortable Mercedes Benz Minivans, it will be a high quality experience! In addition, it’s also good to highlight we are always open to customize our tour according to your preferences, we know for sure this is an added value you will appreciate for making your Castelli Romani tour a super special one!
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  • 8 hours
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$257.70
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Private Trip to Castelli Romani from Rome: Local Countryside Experience

Private Trip to Castelli Romani from Rome: Local Countryside Experience

Leave the modern and bustling world waiting on hold and immerse yourself into a delightful and peaceful atmosphere of the Roman countryside on this private 3-hour tour. Admire the elegancy of Castel Gandolfo architectural surroundings, visit the grandiose the Pontifical Palace, listen to mystical legends about Lake Nami, and enjoy a glass of domestic wine and tasty lunch at a local tavern in Frascati. Your guide will meet you at the Frascati train station and become your private driver around the countryside. · Get an exclusive 3-hour tour around Roman countryside accompanied by a personal driver-guide · Relax from the bustle and hustle of the city · Savor the taste of Italian dishes and domestic wines · Visit Rocca di Papa, a colorful town built on the cliff
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  • 3 hours
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$190.00
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Papal Summer Residence tour with lunch included

Papal Summer Residence tour with lunch included

Travel to Castel Gandolfo, just a short bus ride from Rome, and discover the Apostolic Palace and gardens with a fascinating audio-guide. Add on a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with our fantastic live guide upon your return to Rome to make your day even more memorable.
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  • 9 hours
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$80.88
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Private e-Bike Tour from Appian Way to Castelgandolfo Lake with Lunch

Private e-Bike Tour from Appian Way to Castelgandolfo Lake with Lunch

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Live an adventure experience. During this fantastic route of the Appia Antica, about 35km starting from Rome, you will meet tombs, ruins and mounds surrounded by greenery, until you reach one of the most beautiful lakes of the central Italy: Castel Gandolfo, as well as the Pope's summer residence, you can take a regenerating bath (be careful because there are no changing rooms and showers). In the center of CastelGandolfo you will be surprised by the visit to a particular Osteria with a historic Cellar where you can taste a local wine before sitting down for a tasty lunch (appetizer, first course and water). After eating together with your guide, you will go to the station to take the train that will take you back to Rome Central Station: Roma Termini, and then continue by e-bike to the starting point. ATTENTION: RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH A MINIMUM OF TRAINING;NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN;POSSIBILITY TO SWIM AT THE LAKE
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.12
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$126.12
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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit: • The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included) • Then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town • The scenic view of the Albano Lake • Free time for a very good lunch (own expense). Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option) Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$382.43
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$382.43
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Cooking with locals in the Roman Countryside

Cooking with locals in the Roman Countryside

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You can always enjoy Roman cuisine at a restaurant, but then you're out of luck if you want to recreate your favorite recipes at home. With this foodie-friendly culinary excursion, experience the best of Roman gastronomy: visit a local market, tour the hilly countryside, and uncover the secrets of regional Roman cuisine with an in-home cooking class. After your workshop, enjoy a delicious meal of local favorites—like pasta, tiramisu, and focaccia—and sip a well-deserved glass of wine.
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  • 5 hours
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$148.04
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Vespa & Food trip to the Castelli Romani between nature and good food on a vintage wasp

Vespa & Food trip to the Castelli Romani between nature and good food on a vintage wasp

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Vespa & Food allows you to roam aboard an authentic Vintage vespa to discover hidden places of the Castelli Romani. A tour between nature and gastronomy because it is in these places that the Romans of the past used to spend Sundays. On board the Vespa they loved to wander among the typical villages and fraschette where they could find refreshment. The tour will depart from the heart of Rome from the Colosseum and then continue towards the Baths of Caracalla and the catacombs of San Callisto admiring the ancient Roman beauties until reaching Castel Gandolfo, against the backdrop of Lake Albano, the historic papal residence
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
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$178.20
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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope and Catacombs Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope and Catacombs Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port

Take a tour of the Pope’s summer residence and the Christian catacombs during this full-day shore excursion. Head from Civitavecchia Port to Castel Gandolfo to visit the historic city and tour the Papal Apartment. After lunch, head to the Christian catacombs for a guided tour and learn about the historic burial place from the 2nd century onwards. This private tour also comes with a Papal blessing in English on parchment.
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  • 9 hours
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$271.40
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