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  • Address: Vatican City, Italy
  • Hours: Open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday
  • Admission: Varies

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Vatican Gardens Tours

The Vatican Gardens 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.

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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour, Rome, null
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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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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 ...  Read more

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

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Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens, Rome, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens

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

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Private Skip-the-Line Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Tour Including Transfers, Rome, Cultural ... 
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Private Skip-the-Line Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Tour Including Transfers

Explore Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel for 3.5-hours with a highly esteemed guide skipping the upper Galleries with hotel pickup included. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip

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Day Trip: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Pope's Summer Residence, Rome, Day Trips
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Day Trip: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Pope's Summer Residence

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Spend 10.5-hours exploring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and a train ride from Rome to the Pope's Summer Residence in Castel ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Vatican Gardens Open Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Tickets, Rome, Day Trips
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Vatican Gardens Open Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Tickets

Reserve your seat for a unique tour of the Vatican Gardens on an open-top ecological bus, and enjoy commentary from a multi-lingual audio guide. Continue with ...  Read more

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