- Tour the Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums on a 5-hour walking tour
- Explore the Vatican Gardens' serene sights like 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 Judgment
- 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 some of its 57 acres (23 hectares) of paths, fountains, grottoes and flowers while you learn about the history of the gardens, which started as a fruit orchard in the 13th century and evolved into the lavish respite it is today by subsequent popes. During your walk, you’ll stop to check out features like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, a favorite prayer spot of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
Then head over to the Vatican Museums for a tour of its world-renowned art collection. See the spiral Bramante Staircase, which has adorned many a Vatican photograph, and visit rooms such as the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, where you can admire a fresco of 16th-century Italy. Learn about famed Renaissance artists like Raphael and Michelangelo, whose iconic ceiling frescoes The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment you’ll see in the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private worship space.
Finally, visit St Peter’s Basilica, whose Michelangelo-designed dome towers over the city. Take a look at the artist’s La Pietà sculpture and visit a memorial to Pope John Paul before your tour ends in St Peter’s Square.
Five hours is a long time and the Sistine Chapel was too crowded. However this is a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone should do it, especially Christians. Vatican Gardens are nice, so much history and beautiful scenery. Our guide was excellent, she was so passionate, at times she was almost crying when she spoke about Bernini and other Italian artists. Take this tour and fall in love with The Vatican and St. Peters.
exceptional! I enjoyed it. The was well worth it. The tour was long 8:30am-1:30pm but considering it encompasses almost the entire Vatican City, it was worth it. Well paced, guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. A word of advise though, bring a bottle of fluids to stay hydrated and wear comfortable shoes.
the tour was exceptional. Very comprehensive. A little long 8:30am to 1:30pm but considering it encompasses almost the entire vatican city, it was well worth it. Just a word of advise though, make sure you have fluids to stay hydrated and wear comfortable shoes.
The tour guide was charming and very knowledgeable. We started in the gardens and ended in St Peters Basilica which was mind blowing. The tour lasts 5 hours with very little breaks so take a drink with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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