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

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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

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a wonderful tour of the Vatican Gardens, including a sighting of Pope Francis as he was leaving his residence. The Gardens were even more beautiful than we expected. The Museums tour was excellent and we saw areas we hadn't been in before. And, of course, the visit to St. Peter's Basilica was equally wonderful. Our guide was knowledgeable, provided excellent information, was able to respond to questions without difficulty. Our pickup was seamless. We highly recommend this tour.

Tami A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The gardens were beautiful. It felt like we were seeing something very special. The Sistine Chapel was packed with people. It is beautiful, inspiring, but very crowded. I now understand why people say to get there very early. I would not have traded the walk through the gardens for an uncrowded Sistine Chapel though,

Cheri R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

If you plan to go to the Vatican, do this early morning tour. It was like we had the gardens to ourselves. Didn’t see other tours until we were done with the gardens. Just beautiful. Highly recommend.

John V United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The guide was wonderful. She took the group to areas in the Garden not normally open, Museum she was very informative along with St Peters. Excellent experience and the only way to visit the Vatican.

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Don't go to the Vatican if you're going to skip the gardens - cause they're arguably the best part. We booked this tour so we could see parts of the Vatican that most people don't see, and we're extremely glad we did. The gardens were beautiful and very well maintained. The tour guide was great, and did a nice job moving this along smoothly.

I will say, wear comfortable walking shoes, cause the tour is LONG. By the time it ended, we were more than ready for a break. But, if you've got limited time and want to get the most from your visit to the Vatican, this is the best option - hands down.

Christine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent guide who was so informative that despite all the walking, we never lost interest in what knowledge she was imparting throughout.The Vatican gardens were a special delight to visit.Thoroughly recommended to all who have time to do more than just visit the skip the line Vaticans museum tour.

Rosario A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

i felt very proud and lucky that i booked to Viator - it save me money and the hassle to deal with the lines. The tour was excellent and exclusive. the guide was very knowledgeable and patient.
She answered all the questions and even got out of her way to make this tour memorable.
I love using Viator for all my trips, the price, tour packages and companies they deal with are excellent.

Victor S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This Tour was taken on September 22, 2017. Our guide was Claudia from Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tour. It was very interesting informative tour and I learned a lot form Claudia. First of all we visited Vatican Gardens which were quite impressive. After that - Vatican Museums which included the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums should be visited several times because one visit certainly is not enough. There is so much to see. In addition to that we have visited St. Peter's Basilica - another highlight of this wonderful tour. Thank you, Claudia, for sharing your knowledge with our small group and being so patient. My suggestion is to take the guided tours of Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica because it will be more productive.

Amy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Highly recommend. The gardens are beyond beautiful and it should be at the top of your to do list when in Rome.

Fadi K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We saw almost everything... The gardens are a must to see

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