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

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

For a more in-depth Vatican experience than most people enjoy, tour the less-visited Vatican Gardens in addition to the art treasures of the Vatican Museums. You’ll start at the tranquil, uncrowded gardens of Vatican City to admire sights like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto. Then walk over to the Vatican Museums for a tour of its Renaissance masterpieces in rooms like the Gallery of Maps and, of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to provide a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 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

Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

Marvel at the grandeur of St Peter's Basilica

After meeting your knowledgeable guide in Vatican City, enter the Vatican Gardens for a walking tour of this serene green space, which popes have used as a peaceful spot for prayer since the Middle Ages.

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.

Customer Reviews

Joseph G

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.

robyngilmore61

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.

Bonnie S

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.

Derek

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.

Chris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing 10/10

Tex-Anne H

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

Bryan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour.

Rosana E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Teresa L

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.

George F

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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