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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

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

GRAHAM W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Skip the line and early start options are well worth the price! Our tour started at 8:00 and our guide was extremely helpful in explainiing all the locations and history. It was a full day out, and full of helpful little side notes not otherwise obvious. I will happily recommend this to anyone wanting to get the best out of their time in Rome, especially for Vatican visits. A note to avoid buying a coffee at the bar while waiting!! three times the price of other spots in Rome.

frances.brandenburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Took this tour with Francesca who was so impressive. The tour was five hours and she spent the entire time telling us all the background information that we could possibly be interested in. She took control of a fairly large group and was aware of everyone all the time. A lot of walking but worth every minute.

Thomas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was outstanding! So knowledgeable. Best tour I have ever taken. I believe her name is Rosa

Hiran M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had Raphaella as our guide, she was exceptional!!! This tour is a must, the gardens are beautiful and the chapels inside were just as exquisite. There is lots of walking up and down hills in the garden just be aware. Raphaella's knowledge was top notch, we really learnt so much from her. 5 STARS!!

Burgi P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting and full of interesting information. Love the tour.

Sheri Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was amazing even though it was 5 hours it had all of the elements that kept you enjoying it from start to finish. There was very good information, good humor, enough breaks and a small group so you could always hear and see everything you wanted to...very enjoyable. Our 17 year old daughter enjoyed also without the phone most of the time! Yeah!

Vic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience and lovely, knowledgeable tour guide. All was well organized and interesting. Please note there is a dress code, so it is of utmost importance to wear long trousers and have your shoulders covered toofor both males and females. Thank you for nice experience and memories. Regards, Vic

Lawrence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great experience. The gardens were so peaceful and beautiful. The tour of St. Peters was great. We were there the day before but saw new things and different history. The guide was great.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative

Joshua S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was Christina, and she was excellent!

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