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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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    What to Expect
    After meeting your knowledgeable guide in Vatican City, enter the Vatican Gardens for a walking tour of this serene green space, which popes have used as a peaceful spot for prayer since the Middle Ages.

    Stroll around some of its 57 acres (23 hectares) of paths, fountains, grottoes and flowers while you learn about the history of the gardens, which started as a fruit orchard in the 13th century and evolved into the lavish respite it is today by subsequent popes. During your walk, you’ll stop to check out features like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, a favorite prayer spot of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

    Then head over to the Vatican Museums for a tour of its world-renowned art collection. See the spiral Bramante Staircase, which has adorned many a Vatican photograph, and visit rooms such as the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, where you can admire a fresco of 16th-century Italy. Learn about famed Renaissance artists like Raphael and Michelangelo, whose iconic ceiling frescoes The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment you’ll see in the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private worship space.

    Finally, visit St Peter’s Basilica, whose Michelangelo-designed dome towers over the city. Take a look at the artist’s La Pietà sculpture and visit a memorial to Pope John Paul before your tour ends in St Peter’s Square.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    8:15 AM
    Return Details
    Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM
    • Professional guide
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 11 August 2019

    The gardens were beautiful. The 5 hour tour in total was a tad boring. The guide was very strict & a bit snippy when asked questions. She was definitely passionate & loyal to the Vatican & even showed a bit of humor every once in...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank YvetteFuentes1
    Mario T, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line - I Love Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2019

    Dear Yvette, sorry to read your review but thanks for expressing your opinion, it's important to us. We take feedback about our staff seriously and we will certainly investigate further in order to avoid such inconvenience in the future. Of course we know that the...More

    Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

    On our first visit to the Vatican in 1996 we had gazed down on the serene gardens from the museum and wondered what it would be like to actually tour the gardens. Twenty three years later we actually did it. It’s billed as a “skip...More

    Thank beneluigi
    Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

    We read the great reviews expecting a long and thorough tour as outlined by the TripAdvisor web site. It took us 15 to 20 minutes to check in. We expected just 16 people because that's what the website said as the maximum but the group...More

    3  Thank Visitor1284
    Reviewed 6 November 2018

    Fabiola our guide was stupendous. She was a delight and extremely educated in what she was showing us. The gardens were probably outstanding in the spring, but still worth the trip.

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank algird
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