Castel Gandolfo

This is the famous Vatican complex located in Castel Gandolfo. The palace was built in the 17th century by Urban VIII on a Savelli fortress and houses important works of art, such as frescoes by Domenichino and Ghezzi, the chapel of Urban VIII, and the throne room. It was the summer residence of the popes from 1626 to 1870 and from 1929 to 2016, when Pope Francis decided to open it to the public as a museum.

The Gardens are the result of the merger of Villa Barberini, Villa Cybo and Villa del Moro. They cover about 55 hectares and are home to forests, meadows, fountains, ponds and ancient ruins. Among the main attractions: the Vatican specola, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the remains of Domitian’s villa.

The complex can be visited with prior reservation and the accompaniment of a guide; the tour of the Gardens can be done on foot or in an environmentally friendly vehicle.

Openings and reservations:

Open every day of the week at varying times.

Paid guided tours for individuals and groups.

Reservation required can be made online through official website.