Full Day Tour of the Pope's Summer Residence plus Cooking Class and Lunch at the Pope's Farm | Small Group

price from 129 €

Pope's Farm

Full Day Tour of the Pope's Summer Residence plus Cooking Class and Lunch at the Pope's Farm | Small Group

Escape the bustle of Rome and discover the culinary and cultural delights of Castel Gandolfo and its papal palace.

  • Availability

    Mon, Thu, Sat

  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Start time

    Meet 9:45 am

  • Small group

    Max 12 people
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Why Choose it?

  • Journey to the papal estate for a day in Rome’s beautiful countryside.
  • Master unique recipes in a cooking class on the papal estate.
  • Explore the beautiful town of Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens.

Tour description

As part of a new and exclusive collaboration between the Vatican Museums and our Rome-based cooking school, enjoy a heaven-sent day in Castel Gandolfo. Come and indulge in a cooking class with lunch at the Pope’s farm, tour the Papal Palace and soak up the charming atmosphere of this classic Italian hilltop town. Meet at 9:45 am outside the Savelli store on Via Paolo VI, 27, 00193 Roma RM. Then be transported 20 km into the Alban Hills where the Romans escape to the countryside.

Castel Gandolfo is the finest of Roman hilltop towns, benefiting from an exquisite spot overlooking the fantastically blue volcanic lake. The emperor Domitian built a summer villa here, the ruins of which are within the estate of the Pontifical Villas. We invite you to enjoy this splendid part of the Roman countryside as Popes have been doing since the 16th century.

A morning ride through the Roman countryside.

This day convenes in Rome where transport has been arranged for you to reach the Papal estate. Begin with a visit to the Papal Palace, home to an exhibition of curated artifacts and stories of the Pope’s who resided here. A golf cart or minivan has then been arranged for you to explore the meticulously kept grounds including the Roman amphitheater, the antiquarium and the crypto portico and sculpted Barberini gardens, one of the finest examples of landscaped gardens in Italy.

meal fit for the Pope prepared on papal grounds.

You will arrive at the Pope’s Farm where your culinary adventure begins. The organic farm covers 50 acres and is home to cows, free range chickens, bees, and a sprawling vegetable garden. The farm also produces its own olive oil and dairy products. Here you meet your professional chef with whom you will practice the traditional method of making authentic fresh pasta by hand, as well as a dessert from scratch, using all the fresh ingredients from the Pope’s farm itself. Lunch is then served with the food you have prepared: a perfect Italian feast complemented with local wine.

Explore the quaint hillside town for a peek inside Italian countryside life.

At the end of the day, you will have time to explore and shop in the historic village of Castel Gandolfo. We suggest finding a table in the piazza and ordering a final gelato and taking a moment to savor the memories of this truly unforgettable experience.

You can also convert this tour into the full Papal experience which grants you access to the Sistine Chapel at 7:30 am - an hour and a half before it officially opens. 


Includes an English-speaking guide and priority entry tickets


  • Apostolic Palace and Gardens visit.
  • Hand-rolled pasta and Italian dessert making class at the Pope's farm.
  • Lunch on the papal estate.
  • Time to visit the historic village of Castel Gandolfo.
  • Return transfer to Rome.

meeting point:

Domus Artis Mosaici Via della Conciliazione, 48, 00193 Roma RM Return drop-off in Piazza della Repubblica at approximately 6.00pm

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This tour is also available as a Private Tour!