Gardens of Vatican City
Vatican City, Vatican City
Visiting the Vatican Gardens
The Vatican Gardens are some of the most beautiful, and most exclusive, gardens in Rome. To visit them, you need to plan ahead. Here’s how.
Everything You Need to Know
These gardens are so worth visiting! It’s never crowded, as they only accept a few reservations every day. And, be prepared for views of Saint Peter’s Basilica unlike any other!
On your visit to these gardens, you will see beautifully curated mini-gardens…
– fountains and sculptures
– a harmonious balance of trees, bushes, and flowers along delightful shaded walkways
– stunning views of St. Peter’s dome from almost every angle
– and important holy sites, such as the Grotta di Lourdes, a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France.
The Vatican gardens are open Monday – Saturday. They are closed Sundays and on Catholic holidays, and/or when the pope conducts mass at St. Peter’s basilica, including December 8, 25 and 26, January 1 and 6, Easter Sunday, and more. To see all closing dates for a given year, check the Vatican Museums calendar online.
Although the gardens are open the same dates as the museums, visiting hours are restricted to mid-late mornings.
Walking tours are not available on Wednesdays when there is a Papal audience. Bus tours are.
You can book a walking tour that begins at 9:30 or 11am. You can book a bus tour that begins from 8:15 am to 12:45 pm (last departure.) The all-day tour that includes a train visit to Castel Gandolfo must be booked for an early start at 8am.
You cannot visit the Vatican Gardens without booking a tour.
You can easily book a tour of the Vatican Gardens on the Vatican website.
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