Enjoy priority access to St. Peter’s Dome. You’ll skip the lines for the Dome as well as the Basilica. Admire spectacular views of Rome from the…
Discover one of the world’s finest art collections on a 3-hour semi-private tour of the Vatican City in Rome. Skip the long lines to the Vatican…
Avoid the long lines in Vatican City and enjoy priority access to St. Peter’s Basilica and its Dome. Use the elevator to reach the Dome without the…
Take this opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the Vatican Gardens from the seat of an ecological open bus. Be transported through the…
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.…
Skip the lines to the Vatican and enjoy a 4.5-hour tour of the Gardens, Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The access-all-areas tour…
Roughly half of the Vatican is covered by flawlessly cultivated parks and gardens. You'll need to book a tour at least a week in advance if you want to see them, but here are a few of the treasures that'll be revealed if you do!
Arnaldo Pomodoro's Sphere Within Sphere was the first modern art piece to be exhibited at the Vatican Museums. It looks static, but push it firmly and it'll begin to rotate!
Outside the Mater Ecclesiae nun monastery lies this spectacular fountain, designed by Giovanni Vasanzio to look like a heavenly lagoon.
The highest terrace in the famed Belvedere Courtyard takes its name from the 1st-century bronze sculpture of a pinecone that once crowned a Roman fountain.
Founded in 1931, the station played a vital role in the broadcast of anti-fascist information. Unfortunately, the first report on Nazi treatment of Poles and Jews fell on deaf ears.
Built in 1563, the beautiful "Casina di Pio IV" is the oldest building in the Vatican Gardens. It's now an integral part of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences.
Opening hours are subject to reservation. The Vatican Gardens aren't open to the general public, but you can still visit as part of a guided tour. Numbers are incredibly limited, however, so you'll need to book at least a week in advance.
The closest Metro stop is Ottaviano-San Pietro. If you take a taxi though, ask about flat-rates (between major landmarks) or else make sure the meter's running. Some cab drivers try to get away with charging a special "Vatican fee" for tourists.
- When to visitOpen hours are subject to to reservation.
- What is the price?Adult tickets, which include admission to the Museums, are €32.00 per person.
- Will I need a guide?The garden tour can only be taken with a guide.
- How to get thereTake the Metro to the Ottaviano-San Pietro station.
- Additional tips*The walking tour of the gardens takes about two hours. | Open bus tours also available, check online for more details. *
What People Are Saying About Vatican Gardens
This was a great visit. Found guide easily as per instructions. Taken quickly threw security and past waiting crowds to audio desk. No real issues here but you do need to leave a driving license or credit card as deposit for audio guide- wouldn't allow passports. Bit of a climb (349 steps) but well worth it. Views were amazing and commentary helpful. Walking on the roof (complete with cafe and shop!) was brilliant too. All felt very safe. Would highly recommend.
Great views of Rome and the Vatican. Line moved fast compared to other Vatican tours. However it was a bit chaotic at the top but it was a beautiful day for photographs.
We were really pleased that we did this tour. Valeria was our guide and she was lovely. It was, as the title suggests, a very quick guided tour of the Basilica but as we'd visited it previously, the dome was the focus for us. The lift to the roof of the Basilica was nice (!) and we were able to walk round the balcony inside and get a completely different perspective on the interior then we climbed the 326 steps (I think) to the top of the dome. Valeria was excellent, pointing out places of interest within the Vatican and across the City. We watched a spectacular thunderstorm from the top of the dome - the rain waited until we reached ground floor. Would recommend this tour of the dome.
It has been a real pleasure to do this tour through the Vatican gardens, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. The tour guide was highly qualified and we enjoyed listening to her and her sons' stories. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that likes to have a half-day tour through the Vatican.
Our guide was extremely nice and gave us a wonderful tour of the Vatican museum, St Peters and Sistine Chapel. A must have tour to truly understand what is all means!