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Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) Tours

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Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)
The Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) cover an impressive 57 acres (23 hectares)—more than half the entire area of the Vatican City-state—and include a Renaissance layout dotted with fountains, statues, and buildings dating as far back as the sixth century. The gardens were a humble expanse of orchards and vineyards until Pope Nicholas III moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace and enclosed the land with a wall in 1279.
 
The Basics
These lovely grounds are closed to the general public and can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Join an official small-group tour to enter the gardens through the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani). Or, book a skip-the-line private tour that includes a walking tour of the Vatican Gardens to avoid the long lines. Vatican Gardens tours generally also include visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pieta.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Vatican Gardens tours are especially interesting for avid gardeners.
  • Picking plants and flowers from the garden is strictly forbidden.
  • There is a security check at the entrance to the museums, so items like pocket knives, corkscrews, and umbrellas must be left at the coat check.
  • If your Vatican tour includes entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • The Vatican Gardens are not wheelchair accessible and tours generally require quite a bit of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
How to Get There
The Vatican Gardens are accessed through the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano in Vatican City. The closest metro station is Ottaviano on line A.
 
When to Get There
The gardens are most crowded at midday, so opt for a morning tour if you prefer a quieter experience. Spring and fall are considered the most beautiful seasons to view the gardens.
 
Vatican Gardens Highlights
In the 16th century, Pope Julius II commissioned Donato Bramante to rework the area into a Renaissance design; the architect installed a giant labyrinth, introduced Lebanese cedars, and built a fortified stone wall that’s still standing. In 1902, the Lourdes Grotto, a replica of the miraculous cave in France, was added.
Address: Vatican City, Italy
Hours: Open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Rome

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Vatican Garden tour Not at all what described
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, Oct 2019
FYI Terrible tour Terrible tour guide Booked private tour There were OVER 30 PEOPLE Tour less then half hour in garden Then went into museum & St. Peter’s Which we were doing with Sistine in afternoon So was a terrible waste Guide, Valentina not engaging not personable Not passionate she was matter in fact boring and poorly understood This was NOT WHAT WE SIGNED UP FOR AND PAID FOR VERY DISAPPOINTED Dr gary green Sent from my iPhone On Sep 29, 2019, at 7:19 PM, Viator

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Skip the Line: Rome - Vatican Gardens Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Rome - Vatican Gardens Admission Ticket

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A Special Exclusive Permit will give you the chance to enjoy an escorted walk through the Vatican Gardens for a unforgivable Vatican "Behind the Scenes" experience. Skip the Long line to enter the Vatican City and with an expert Vatican Guide leave for a while the crowds and noise of the Vatican Museums to immerge yourself in the quite beauty of the Vatican Gardens from where you will have the unique possibility to see many of the Vatican Properties like Pope's private Train station, the Vatican Radio, the house where Pope Emerito Benedect XVI actually leaves and much more. After the visit of the Vatican Gardens your ticket will give you the possibility to remain inside the Vatican Museums to visit on your own its reach art collection and spend some time admiring the Sistine Chapel and the breath-taking Michelangelo's frescoes.
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What are Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) hours of operation?
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Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) hours of operation: Open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 21 Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) costs USD 50.08. Guided Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) tours start around USD 50.08 per person. See all 21 Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) tickets and tours on Viator.
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