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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

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!

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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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?
    Open hours are subject to to reservation.
  • 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. *

What people are saying about Vatican Gardens

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 330 reviews

Great, awesome company with great service and tours.

The Roman Guy tour service was great and even called us when I was late due to a mistake that I made and waited a few minutes so we could make it to the tour of a life time at the Roman Coliseum. Thank you for a perfect day.

Vatican City: Behind the Scenes Highlights Tour Reviewed by

A great interesting, fun, and comprehensive tour!

Getting to see the gardens on foot was the highlight of the tour. I can't imagine going and having to stay on a bus or not seeing them at all! The information we got during this part really helped to contextualize the rest of the museum and the tour. The tour guide was helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking of visiting the Vatican and it was a steal for the price. It was just the right amount of information and guidance, and the tour guide gave information on what else we might want to do after the tour (like going up into the dome or down into the crypt, both of which were excellent suggestions.) It would have been impossible to enjoy the Vatican if we didn't skip the lines by doing a tour, the lines to get into the Vatican, the museum, and the individual exhibits would have been a nightmare especially on a hot day. Only complaint is that finding the guide initially was difficult, they should have a sign or flag identify them

Luigi was full of knowledge a very enjoyable experience and had massi

Very enjoyable experience. Luigi was full of information and had time for any questions. Mass in St Peters was lovely too. Pat and Nora

Vatican, St. Peter's and Sistine Chapel Tour Reviewed by

Definitely the best way to visit the Vatican

This tour was fantastic from the beginning to the end! I was so lucky to be in a group of only me and another couple. First we had an excellent breakfast in the courtyard: the guide, Valeria, was patient while answering to all the questions (her knowledge of the Vatican is incredible). There are so many things in there that you need a guide to truly appreciate them. I was speechless when I entered in the Sistine Chapel! The St Peter Basilica was not included in the visit but Valeria was so kind to guide us there too. Great and professional service!

So nice and inspiring! The guide was very kind and we'll prepared.

I managed to see some things in Vatican that I have not seen during my previous visits. Thank you!

Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour Reviewed by

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