Numbers are limited to 16 people on this unique Vatican tour, to ensure better personal service and the opportunity to see the very best of the Vatican.
- Tour the Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums on a 5-hour walking tour
- Explore the Vatican Gardens' serene sights like the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto
- Hear stories of the gardens’ history from an expert guide
- Visit the Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps and Sistine Chapel
- Gaze at Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement
- Walk around St Peter’s Basilica and learn about La Pietà, a famous Michelangelo sculpture
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This is one of the few tours that combines a visit to the stunning Vatican Gardens with a tour of the museums. It's a must-do experience if you're visiting Vatican City!
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What You Can Expect
Stroll around with your guide, admiring highlights like the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto – a favorite prayer spot of Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI – while learning about the gardens’ history. Dating back to the 13th century, the site started as a simple fruit orchard but was extended to a more lavish standard by subsequent papal generations.
After spending roughly 1.5 hours inside the gardens, head inside the Vatican Museums. Marvel at the Bramante Staircase – a sloping spiral structure carved from stone by Renaissance architect Donato Bramante – and then wander around rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries.
Hear tales of Renaissance artists favored by the Vatican like Raphael, and admire incredible Flemish tapestries that were designed by his pupils. Step inside the Gallery of Maps, and gaze in wonder at detailed fresco maps of 16th-century Italy.
Continue to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship, to see some of the most influential works of art in the Western world. Panel paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Perugino are incredible but pale in comparison to Michelangelo’s attention-grabbing twosome: the Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.
Finish your tour with a walk around St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican’s magnificent domed church. After marveling at Michelangelo’s La Pietà and a memorial to Pope John Paul, bid your guide goodbye and exit into St Peter’s Square.
Our guide was absolutely fabulous. We wished that we had done more tours of this caliber. Touring the gardens was a great way to start before encountering the huge crowds in other parts of the Vatican. Having access to the Bramante staircase was a real bonus. We also appreciated the small group that allowed time for questions. Our guide was knowledgeable, patient and amusing- a great combination. She made this a very personal and memorable experience, a highlight of our trip to Rome.
Getting access to the Vatican gardens was so special. To have the peace of the gardens before we descended with the masses into the museums and Sistene Chapel took the harassment out of the tour! The gardens have wonderful views of St Peters, and navigating the whole complex with a guide made it easie