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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an excellent tour and our tour guide was friendly and was full of interesting facts. She added so much to the tour and I would recommend her! She gave us plenty of time to enjoy the sights and ask questions. The gardens, although not in full bloom, were beautiful and a great way to start the tour. Seeing the long lines to get into the different areas of the Vatican plus our wonderful experience made this tour a fantastic value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was worth every penny! Our guide was excellent and her stories and knowledge made things come alive!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

amazing tour and very professional guide!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

How lovely to get to see the Vatican Gardens. We enjoyed our day walking in the beautiful sunshine and cool breezes. The museum was also wonderful and we spent extra time in there because St. Peter's Basilica was closed during our tour. Amazing to see the Sistine Chapel too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Outstanding tour and overview of the Vatican grounds, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters, plus a few features of the Vatican Museum. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining and we had plenty of time to see everything. One suggestion is that the guide wear an headset microphone -- her voice would cut out when she turned her head away from her lapel mike.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

It was a lovely morning, a charming knowledgeable guide, a small group and not many other tourists around! What more to ask for? The Sistine Chapel was disappointing, too many people and too noisy (noise mainly caused by the call for Silenzio).

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