The slopes of the Alban Hills, 24 kilometres from Rome, are home to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the place of rest and summer breaks for many Pontiffs since 1620.
At the end of the 16th century the Pontiffs came into possession of the area, which became inalienable patrimony of the Holy See.
Urban VIII Barberini (1623-1644) was the first Pope to sojourn in this residence in the spring of 1626, once the earliest works of restoration and extension of the palace, carried out by Carlo Maderno were finished. It was Alexander VII Chigi (1655-1667) who had the Pontifical Palace fully completed.
Clement XIV Ganganelli (1769 - 1774) enlarged the residence with the purchase of the adjacent Villa Cybo and its huge park of around three hectares, turned into splendid gardens rich in marble, statues and fine fountains.
Date and time of your visit must be pre-booked.
Visits are available every day except Sundays and Vatican festivities. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability
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Arrive at least 15 minutes before your pre-booked time at the entrance of the Pontifical Villas
The service is not accessible to wheelchair users.
PURCHASE AND BOOKING
Meeting point: Castel Gandolfo, near the entrance to the Pontifical Villas
How to get there
Bus: Metro Linea A, direction Anagnina. Leave the train at the last stop (Anagnina). From the terminal there take the bus line Rome - Castel Gandolfo (operated by COTRAL). Leave the bus at the stop Castel Gandolfo and follow directions to the town centre (a 10-minute walk).
Train: Termini Station, train line Rome - Albano. Leave the train at Castel Gandolfo station. From there, follow directions to the town centre (a 15-minute walk)
Car: state road 7, follow the directions to Castel Gandolfo. Various free or pay car parks available. From the car park of your choice follow the directions to the town centre (between 5 and 15 minutes walking).
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