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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

Enjoy a tour of the serene Vatican Gardens followed by a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour; it’s an exciting combination of Vatican sightseeing experiences! This half-day Vatican tour includes 1.5 hours inside the elegant gardens, seeing highlights like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto. After admiring the grounds, head inside the Vatican Museums and prepare to be wowed by the likes of the Gallery of Maps and Sistine Chapel – home to Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ fresco.

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

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

Marvel at the grandeur of St Peter's Basilica

Meet your guide in Vatican City, and head inside the Vatican Gardens for your walking tour. A tranquil haven for the Vatican popes since the Middle Ages, the Vatican Gardens cover an impressive 57 acres (23 hectares) with meandering pathways, grottoes and fountains as well as a gorgeous Italian garden, bedecked with colorful flowers.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I think the tour guide was outstanding. She knew her subject and conveyed so much useful information in an enjoyable manner. I would rate her among the highest tour guide I've experienced. Keep up the good work of providing top notch tour guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Although it was an extremely hot day we started in the garden which was a good idea. Although it was a long tour it was well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The Sistine Chapel is so very crowded that I may have left the Vatican thinking it was awful. Seeing the gardens, learning the history at a leisurely pace let me really appreciate and enjoy the wonder of this place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic, extremely crowded inside the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, friends say that Rome is now packed 365 days of the year gone are peak and low seasons, so book your tours accordingly to skip the lines. We have visited Rome a few times and this was the first time we had to miss the climb to the Basilica, much to the disappointment of our teenage children, line just ridiculous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing 10/10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Vatican gardens are beautiful. Despite our guide having issues with her headset and we were unable to hear her at times it was still a very enjoyable walk through the gardens. We were given time for a lunch break before heading through the Sistine Chapel and Bascilica. I would definitely recommend this walk to other garden enthusiasts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was very beautiful and could have been a little longer in order to be able to not have to pass through things so quickly as we did but my granddaughter and I still enjoyed the tour and we will always remember it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Gardens are good, Visit to Vatican and Sistine Chapel Too much info from tour guide,, too much to absorb,,

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