Small parties tours
TIVOLI: VILLA D’ESTE plus CASTEL GANDOLFO and WINE TASTING
This tour includes a visit to Villa d’Este one of the most gorgeous villas in Italy along with a stop at Castel Gandolfo to explore the papal palaces and experience a tasting of the celebrated wines of the region. Located amidst the ruins of the emperor Domitian's country retreat, the papal palaces at Castel Gandolfo have been a summer retreat for the pope since the 17th century, being officially afforded extraterritorial status as property of the Holy See by way of the Lateran Treaty in 1929. The entire estate is about 55 hectares in size (11 hectares larger than Vatican City), all built above the gorgeous Lake Gandolfo which you will see shimmering beneath it. After visiting the palaces, we will take you to one of the area’s loveliest spots for a wine tasting where you will taste a variety of specially selected wines as you nibble on appetizers of local salamis, cheeses, bruschetta and olive oil. And there’s no need to worry about how to take your favorite wines or olive oils home with you. Our wine purveyors can organize the shipping of any items purchased to wherever you want in the world.**Note: due to papal museum hours of operation afternoon tours will visit the papal palace from the outside, entering instead into the celebrated church of St. Thomas built by Bernini in the 17th Century.
Availability: Year round
Days of operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Pick-up at hotel: 9:00 am (optional 3:00 pm pick-up during the summer months)
Price for Small Party Tour (minimum 4 to maximum 16 people): Adults €200.00 Children (6-14 years old) €100.00 Children (under 6 years old) Free
Price for private group: minimum 2 people/8 people maximum Adults €350.00 each for first 2 people €160.00 each additional adult. Children (6-14 years old) €100.00 Children (under 6 years old) Free
CASH PAYMENT PREFERRED. PAYMENT WITH CREDIT CARD AVAILABLE WITH 10% SURCHARGE.
Included: Chauffeur, guide, tickets, and pick-up and drop-off at hotel.
Not included: Any food or drinks ordered outside the organized wine tasting are not included in the tour price. Gratuities for chauffeur and guide are not included, though it is customary to offer a gratuity if you are pleased with your service.
Optional Lunch or Dinner Add-on: After you have worked up an appetite, if you wish to avoid the touristy spots and have a quality, authentic Italian meal, you can add on lunch at one of the very best restaurants in the area. Prices for extension of tour and driver services available upon request. For the afternoon departure there is a special woodfired pizza dinner add-on available for an additional €30.00 per person including one soft drink or a glass of wine.