Gardens at Papal Retreat now open to the public

For many people traveling to Rome, the Vatican Museums are one of the highlights, and for some that includes a tour of the Vatican Gardens.  

But there is another garden that has, until now, been off-limits to the public. That is the Barberini garden at the Papal Summer Retreat at the town of Castel Gandolfo.  This garden are also part of the Vatican Museums, and equally magnificent.

The Museum has announced that, at the instruction of Pope Francis, tours will now be available for the general public.  There are tours, for individuals or groups, that last about 90 minutes.  A mandatory guide is required, and there is a fee of € 42,00 for a full ticket and € 34,00 for a reduced ticket. There is a special offer for Saturday visits that combine a visit to the Barberini Garden with a visit the following Monday to the Vatican Museums.

The opening hours are Monday to Saturday at 8:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m. in Italian and English.  There is an additional tour offered on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in Italian.  There are also other languages offered by special request:  French, Spanish and German.  

To make arrangements or get further information click here for the official Vatican Museums website