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Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)
Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)

Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)

Open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday
Viale Vaticano,presso Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Italy

The Basics

These lovely grounds are closed to the general public and can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Join an official small-group tour to enter the gardens through the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani). Or, book a skip-the-line private tour that includes a walking tour of the Vatican Gardens to avoid the long lines. Vatican Gardens tours generally also include visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pieta.

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Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour
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$103.08 per adult
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Cristina De Santis was the best guide, we loved the Vatican museums, she made our tour much better than we expected!!!
JoseM_Z, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Landscape architect at Vatican
David_B, Sep 2021
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group WalkingTour
Great tour and guide. Was poor on the directions to start the tour at. Its way north at museum entrance. Bring covid paper and passport. We thought it was just a garden tour. It was Sistine chapel and art.
star-5
Well worth the price. Book now
Seaside784584, Jan 2020
Official Vatican 3 Hour Group Tour of Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens
3 hour tour was well worth it. Our tour guide Valentina was fantastic. You almost have to book this tour or odds are you won’t get in. The lines were long and it’s not even peak season. The Vatican is absolutely stunning
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Night at the Vatican
Trek64374943423, Jun 2019
Vatican Gardens Open Bus Tour with Audioguide
After some initial confusion with locating the meeting spot (and no data or phone plan to call internationally), we were led by our tour guide Juliana into a knowledgeable tour on the history and splendour of the Vatican. I had visited previously in the day time, so it was a unique experience to visit in the evening. Julianna took the time to explain the history of the collection and navigate around other tour groups. The radio speakers were a great way to ensure everyone in the group could hear.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Vatican Gardens tours are especially interesting for avid gardeners.

  • Picking plants and flowers from the garden is strictly forbidden.

  • There is a security check at the entrance to the museums, so items like pocket knives, corkscrews, and umbrellas must be left at the coat check.

  • If your Vatican tour includes entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

  • The Vatican Gardens are not wheelchair accessible and tours generally require quite a bit of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Gardens are accessed through the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano in Vatican City. The closest metro station is Ottaviano on line A.

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When to Get There

The gardens are most crowded at midday, so opt for a morning tour if you prefer a quieter experience. Spring and fall are considered the most beautiful seasons to view the gardens.

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Vatican Gardens Highlights

In the 16th century, Pope Julius II commissioned Donato Bramante to rework the area into a Renaissance design; the architect installed a giant labyrinth, introduced Lebanese cedars, and built a fortified stone wall that’s still standing. In 1902, the Lourdes Grotto, a replica of the miraculous cave in France, was added.

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