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Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)
Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)

Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani)

Open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday
Viale Vaticano,presso Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Italy

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.

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Vatican Gardens Bus Tour with Audioguide & Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Vatican Gardens Bus Tour with Audioguide & Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
$61.98 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice enjoyable tour of gardens
Nice relaxing drive thru the gardens. Just the right length of time. Audio good. Stopped at sights for pictures.
pomikrut, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Wonderful tour!
MaryGrace_S, Aug 2022
All Vatican: St. Peter's incl. scavi, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & Gardens
Agnes was a very informative guide. It was a little confusing that she would only handle the hand off to the Vatican Garden/Museum guide and the Scavi Guide! Her knowledge and enthusiasm of the Sistine chapel was wonderful and the intimate details she shared were things that only an experienced person would know to look for! I would hands down have her be our guide again! It would have helped to know that our tour went from 7:30 - 4pm with short breaks in between!
star-5
Hot weather but the cooling shade and beautiful nature made up for it.
LiewHong_L, Aug 2022
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group Walking Tour
Beautiful view of st Peters basilicas dome with a smart guide who showed us the beautiful gardens and the history behind them. The weather was hot but the trees helped give cooling shade. Landscape was beautiful and the trees were something special
star-5
Person assisting us as we...
Michael_F, May 2022
4 Hr Tour : Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St. Peter's with skip line passes
Person assisting us as we were late and had a stolen wallet. Calmed us down, so that the tour was great
star-5
Beautiful garden.
FrankSr, May 2022
Vatican Gardens Bus Tour with Audioguide & Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
The views of the garden and knowing that the popes walked in this garden. The time for the bus tour was adequate.
star-4
Agnes saved our day.
Daniel_L, Apr 2022
All Vatican: St. Peter's incl. scavi, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & Gardens
The fact that I booked for April 13. Your confirmation email said April 13 yet on the day no guide showed up. A very wonderful woman named Agnes who worked in a tour office by the Vatican whom we managed to contact saved our day. Viator had the wrong date in their books. Agnes arranged for a refund and personally showed us the basilica. She was knowledgeable and just amazing.
star-5
Fabulous
pauline_G, Apr 2022
Vatican Gardens Private Tour- Pick up included
The vesper team, guide and drivers made the experience great fun. Fabulous. Will definitely recommend.
star-4
Landscape architect at Vatican
David_B, Sep 2021
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group Walking Tour
Great tour and guide. Was poor on the directions to start the tour at. Its way north at museum entrance. Bring covid paper and passport. We thought it was just a garden tour. It was Sistine chapel and art.
star-5
Four hours will fly by!
Sylvia_C, Jul 2022
4 Hr Tour : Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St. Peter's with skip line passes
Maggie lead the tour through the Vatican Gardens and a part of the Museum. She was wonderfully knowledgeable and made the tour quite interesting. We could of stayed longer, but left to meet our next tour guide…The best part was the Vatican Tour with Agnes. It was just us and her! She was awesome. Every direction we looked, she had an interesting historical story for what we looked at. She was so full of knowledge of the Vatican! We asked her many, questions and she welcomed every one! She also had an answer for every single question and theory we threw at her! Very kind, very patient and so excited to explain the history and art within the Vatican. After the tour was over, She left us to explore on our own, and gave us some recommendations. Thank you for a wonderful tour Agnes! We enjoyed every moment with you!
star-4
Photographers -for views sit on the left ;)
Karelyn_S, Jun 2022
Vatican Gardens Bus Tour with Audioguide & Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
A great way to get an idea of the Vatican's buildings from the outside and lovely to see the gardens, fountains and statues. If you get chance sit the same side as the driver, as the stops for photos are mostly on that side of the bus and you can't see the sights from the other side. He went quickly past any that are on the right. He was answering texts on his phone much of the time, while driving or at a stop, which was a bit worrying, although there was little else on the roads. There was no guidance on what to do once the tour had finished, you just go inside the museum and make your own way round, but no one mentioned that, so people were unsure of what to do. An enjoyable way to see something more than the museum's exhibits which are stunning and overwhelmingly numerous.
star-5
The Vatican Gardens all to ourselves away from the crowd
Robert_W, May 2022
Vatican Gardens Private Tour- Pick up included
We were picked up in a private car at our hotel and brought directly to the Vatican. That tour lasted about 30 mins. Then after a fair walk to the Vatican Museum, then into the gardens. Wow! No words. If you have ever wanted to see these gardens in a private setting, this the way. My wife and I were guided by a member of the research staff of the Vatican archives, and she was beyond compare. It was as if the Pope would be walking around the corner at any moment. Forget the price, just do it!!!
star-5
Vatican Museums
JoseM_Z, Jun 2021
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour
Cristina De Santis was the best guide, we loved the Vatican museums, she made our tour much better than we expected!!!
star-4
Not a well organized schedule but Agnus was great
kristi_s, Mar 2022
All Vatican: St. Peter's incl. scavi, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & Gardens
Agnus, our guide, was very well educated and provided a wonderful tour during her part. She I can recommend highly. The tour(s) as far as description, coordination, and schedule I wouldn’t recommend. We had a quick meeting with one person, were led to a very large group and handed off to another person (unexpected) for the garden tour, then just shown a map to find the second large group on our own, not affiliated with first group (even though we booked all tours as one group), and so on. It felt like we just were added on to other tours and blended in. It also was a large group, (which we didn’t want) since we picked this reservation since it seemed it would be smaller due to price and description. I’d save my money and booked the tours individually - you will save money. We paid 55 euros each more on top of a $300 US price online. If I had booked them each independently, Picking large groups, i would have saved money AND known and expected I’d be on my own to find everything for each tour. I felt it was misleading. It was listed as, “All Vatican: St. Peter's incl. scavi, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & Gardens” but we had to scramble from group to group and place to place on our own. We missed one tour as a result. Agnus met us to show us some what we missed which was very appreciated but we could not see St Peter’s scavi- what we wanted to see most since we missed finding that group. For the price, I expected to be provided better guidance and direction. Tour organization- score of 2 stars. I didn’t want to put that for Agnus’ sake because she did her best to remedy it. Agnus-5 stars.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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