Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5034VATGARDENS
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 sightseeing experiences! This half-day Vatican tour includes 1.5 hours inside the elegant gardens, seeing highlights like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto. After admiring the grounds, head inside the Vatican Museums and prepare to be wowed by the likes of the Gallery of Maps and Sistine Chapel – home to Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ fresco.

Numbers are limited to 16 people on this unique Vatican tour, to ensure better personal service and the opportunity to see the very best of the Vatican.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Skip the line
  • Small group ensures personal service
Meet your guide in Vatican City, and head inside the Vatican Gardens for your walking tour. A tranquil haven for the Vatican popes since the Middle Ages, the Vatican Gardens cover an impressive 57 acres (23 hectares) with meandering pathways, grottoes and fountains as well as a gorgeous Italian garden, bedecked with colorful flowers.

Stroll around with your guide, admiring highlights like the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto – a favorite prayer spot of Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI – while learning about the gardens’ history. Dating back to the 13th century, the site started as a simple fruit orchard but was extended to a more lavish standard by subsequent papal generations.

After spending roughly 1.5 hours inside the gardens, head inside the Vatican Museums. Marvel at the Bramante Staircase – a sloping spiral structure carved from stone by Renaissance architect Donato Bramante – and then wander around rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries.

Hear tales of Renaissance artists favored by the Vatican like Raphael, and admire incredible Flemish tapestries that were designed by his pupils. Step inside the Gallery of Maps, and gaze in wonder at detailed fresco maps of 16th-century Italy.

Continue to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship, to see some of the most influential works of art in the Western world. Panel paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Perugino are incredible but pale in comparison to Michelangelo’s attention-grabbing twosome: the Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Finish your tour with a walk around St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican’s magnificent domed church. After marveling at Michelangelo’s La Pietà and a memorial to Pope John Paul, bid your guide goodbye and exit into St Peter’s Square.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Vatican City, near the Vatican Museums
Departure Time:
8:15am
Return Details:
Concludes in St Peter's Square at approximately 1:30pm

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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

Vatican Gardens

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Walking tour
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Pre-booking this tour enables you to skip the long lines, which can take up to two hours, to enter the Vatican Museums. All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • It is forbidden to pick the flowers or plants inside the gardens
  • In case of unexpected closing of the gardens by Vatican security, the tour will just visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mary W, July 2014

The tour was a wonderful tour. The gardens are beautiful and also offer a great view of St. Peter's Basilica dome. I did anticipate more color from blooming flowers but the sculptured shrubs and other greenery along with sculptures, fountains, etc. were lovely. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour a wonderful experience.

Reviewed by: lauradeestrada1, July 2014

Excelent tour guide, amazing gardens and museum. Going into Basilica San Pedro was the highlight og the day. We had a little trouble early in the morning trying to find our tour guide, they were suposed to be wearing an orange jacker but she wasn't so there were many people (like us) really stressed

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