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Take a train trip to the Apostolic Palace and Barberini Garden

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Barberini Garden
Europe   A relaxing day trip away from the noise of Rome

Castel Gandolfo, a small town situated about 40 minutes from Rome known for the beauty of nature that surrounds it and for the elegance of the city and its walls, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Castel Gandolfo has acted as a papal retreat since the 17th century but in 2014 was opened to the public by Pope Francis for the first time.

A new type of visit "By train to the Apostolic Palace + Barberini Garden" enriches the already exciting option, "By train to the Apostolic Palace" with a tour in the "green heart" of the Pontifical Villas on board a comfortable ecological vehicle.

Among the twenty never-before-seen rooms now open to the public is the pope’s private bedroom that contains a single bed situated next to a private chapel. It’s also where popes Pius XII and Paul VI died.

Visitors can also walk in the footsteps of the popes around the equally lavish gardens and grounds.

With spectacular views over Lake Albano, the 30-hectare Barberini gardens at Castel Gandolfo feature ancient Roman ruins dating back to Emperor Domitian as well as a square of holly oaks, paths of roses and aromatic herbs, and a magnolia garden.

Visitors are guided by a multilingual audioguide and a tour itinerary on an illustrated map.

The option, available only on Saturdays, is intended for individual visitors or groups interested in a collective tour.

“By train to the Apostolic Palace + Barberini Garden” is also intended for families with children. Make the most of the reductions offered by the Family Tariff!

Full ticket: € 39.00
Reduced ticket: € 28.00
“Infant” ticket (0-5 years): free
Days of tour: Saturday only

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