Gardens of Vatican City

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5 things to see and do at the Vatican Gardens

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!

  • Sphere Within Sphere

    1. Sphere Within Sphere

    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!

  • 2. Eagle Fountain

    Outside the Mater Ecclesiae nun monastery lies this spectacular fountain, designed by Giovanni Vasanzio to look like a heavenly lagoon.

  • Courtyard of the Pinecone

    3. Courtyard of the Pinecone

    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.

  • Radio Vaticana

    4. Radio Vaticana

    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.

  • House of Pius IV

    5. House of Pius IV

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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.

  • How to get there?

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday-Tuesday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    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 there
    Take the Metro to the Ottaviano-San Pietro station.
  • Additional information
    *The walking tour of the gardens takes about two hours. | Open bus tours also available, check online for more details. *

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What people are saying about Gardens of Vatican City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 608 reviews

Best Time to go is right now. The crowds and wait times aren't nearly as bad as they usually are and the guides are spending more time go in depth since they have a little more time to spend. Make sure you find a place to do your return covid test. Check with your hotel. Farmacias (Pharmacies) can be hit and miss. We went to like 4 on a row that don't do the tests. Naples was especially hard. Once you find one that will do the rapid test, they usually take literally 5 minutes and cost around 20-25 euros. In Milan it's Like 50 euros for some weird reason.

Another fantastic tour! Our guide Joanna (big momma J) was wonderful! An amazing experience recommended for anyone. There is a lot of walking but it’s worth it. Breakfast was brilliant, the Sistine chapel for me was a bit meh, with the map room far more impressive. You will be tired at the end but you will never forget it.

The guide was perfect and essential if you want to understand what you are looking at. However, the tour does not include access to the Basilica due to covid restrictions which is not clear in the main description.

It's easy to navigate with Google maps to get to the meeting point, and a beautiful museum. Loved our visit ❤️

Velmi milá průvodkyně, zajistila vstupenky, vše zajistila, doprovodila nás až k turniketům.