Pope's Farm

Full Day Sistine Chapel, Pope's Summer Residence plus Cooking Class & Lunch | Small Group

All-in-One Experience: Two Exclusive Tours plus Cooking Class at Pope's Farm and Organic Lunch

229 €

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  • Availability

    Mon, Thu, Sat

  • Duration

    Full Day

  • Start time

    7:10 am

  • Small group

    Max 12 people

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Why Choose it?

  • Save 15% combining 2 tours and 1 cooking class.
  • Book with the only operator in Rome offering this experience.
  • Tour the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica 90 minutes before opening.
  • Visit the Pope's private apartments in Castel Gandolfo.
  • Master recipes refined over generations in a hands-on cooking class on the papal estate.
  • Explore the beautiful Barberini Gardens and village of Castel Gandolfo.

Tour description

Combine privileged, earliest access to the wondrous Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica with an exceptional day trip to the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. For lunch, recreate traditional recipes refined over generations in a hands-on cooking class on the papal estate. Using produce sourced straight from the papal farm, blend culture and cuisine to craft an unforgettable day trip.

After your delicious homemade lunch of antipasti, homemade pasta, and dessert, you'll have time to explore the lush Barberini Gardens and encounter all their ancient and apostolic treasures. Finish your day in the town square of Castel Gandolfo, looking down over the shimmering waters of Lake Albano before being driven back in luxurious comfort to Rome.

Be among the first to step inside the Vatican

Your VIP earliest entrance to the Vatican means you step inside at 7:30 am - an hour-and-a-half before the Vatican opens to the general public. This gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to admire Michenangelo's masterpiece in the peace and reverence it deserves.

Your expert licensed guide will walk you through the highlights of the Vatican Museums' vast collection, stopping to spend time among its most valuable treasures. You'll encounter the stunning ancient statues of the Gallery of the Candelabra, the astonishingly detailed maps of the Gallery of Maps, and the beautifully woven artworks of the Gallery of Tapestries. This will take us up to the most awe-inspiring treasure of all: the Sistine Chapel.

Marvel at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

As you step inside the Sistine Chapel, you'll find yourself face to face with the sublime ceiling frescoes and mural masterpiece, the Last Judgment, painstakingly painted by Michelangelo. The Great Master spent a staggering four years on the first, suspended on his back while he worked away single-handedly.

Experience the Sistine Chapel like few ever do: in space and relative silence as the masses line up outside. Then follow in the Pope's footsteps as we make our way directly from the Sistine Chapel to Saint Peter's Basilica.

Explore Saint Peter's Basilica

After learning about Saint Peter's fascinating history from your passionate, local guide, you'll have time to explore it for yourself. As the day's crepuscular rays creep in through its windows, you'll walk its historic floors, soaking in the atmosphere and encountering its reputed artworks.

Admire Bernini's Baldachin, the monument built atop Saint Peter's eternal resting place, and marvel at Michelangelo's Pietà, one of the Great Master's earliest artworks and aesthetically one of his most evocative. Descend beneath the basilica to wander the crypt where dozens of popes are buried. Then ascend as we make our way out of the basilica and into Bernini's colonnaded square.

Journey to the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo has been home to the Pope's summer palace since the 16th-century. Soak in the scenery of this stunning hillside town and it's easy to see why. Upon arrival, we'll enter the papal palace, exploring its small museum and walking through the Pope's private apartments.

You'll learn all about the routines and rituals surrounding the Pope's personal life, as well as the procedure and protocol of his many esteemed visitors. Leaving this beautifully ornate palace, you'll be transported across the papal estate to our cooking school situated at its heart.

Embark on a hands-on cooking class on the papal estate

Our fluent English-speaking chef will welcome you with a wine and antipasti reception to whet your palette before an unforgettable cooking experience. Under the expert guidance of your chef, you'll then learn to make a traditional Italian lunch by hand, using ingredients sourced exclusively from the papal estate.

Castel Gandolfo is home to time-honored recipes that have been refined over generations, like the beloved cappellacci del prete (ravioli stuffed with a rich ragù sauce). After consultation with your chef, you'll master the art of cooking whatever main and dessert is best for the season or the dish your group most wants to learn, indulging on them both afterwards over a home-made lunch paired with select regional wines.

Discover the sculpted Barberini Gardens and wander the town square

The Barberini Gardens are among the most beautiful in Italy, offering sweeping views over Rome and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the distance. We've laid on eco-friendly transport to take you through these landscaped gardens. During the journey, your guide will regale you with tales of the area's ancient history, stopping off at picturesque sites for photo opportunities and to explore ancient wonders such as Domitian's imperial palace and the Gardens' mini amphitheater.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the quaint town of Castel Gandolfo at the foot of the papal palace. Splurge a little while shopping in the boutiques, or enjoy some time lingering over a cup of coffee or cone of gelato. Enjoy the views of Rome’s rolling hills as we drive you back to the city in comfort.

Your unforgettable experience at the countryside papal home awaits.


VIP earliest entrance to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica
Tour of the papal home and gardens in Castel Gandolfo
Wine and antipasti reception
Cooking class using locally sourced ingredients
Organic lunch on the papal estate
Recipes emailed as PDFs
Luxury transport to and from Castel Gandolfo


  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Papal Apartments
  • Cooking Class on the Pope's Farm
  • Barberini Gardens
  • Castel Gandolfo

Wheelchair accessible:

Not for small group tours. Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to visit our private tour page.

meeting point:

Entrance of the Vatican Museum

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excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

This tour is also available as a Private Tour!

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