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Gardens of Vatican City

Gardens of Vatican City: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

1. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museum's seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135 AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

3. Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a guided tour of Vatican City’s main tourist attractions with early access tickets to the Vatican Museums. Explore sights like the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds arrive for the day.  Meet your guide and save time with skip-the-line access into the Vatican Museums. See the Cabinet of Masks and the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Museums.  Continue to the Raphael Rooms which are world-renowned for the frescoes painted by Raphael. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the ceiling created by Michelangelo.  View the famous “The Creation of Adam” fresco in the chapel. Once finished in the Sistine Chapel, visit the Renaissance-style St.Peter's Basilica with your special access, skip-the-line ticket.

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

4. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

5. Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Receive your invitation for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

6. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the wonders of the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide and skip-the-line entry tickets. Walk through the galleries and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Start your visit by meeting your guide and enjoying a streamlined entry inside the museums. Listen to the explanations of your art historian guide as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Round off the tour with the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo. Inside, you’ll get to see Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

7. Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

Experience both the Gardens of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums on this combo trip with included entry tickets. Learn about the gardens on a minibus tour with an audio guide in all languages, then visit the museums to explore on your own. Start your day with a tour of the Vatican Gardens aboard a minibus. Plug in your audio guide to learn more about the area while you sit back and enjoy the amazing views. Drive through the Italian-, English-, and French-style gardens to admire each of their distinctive features. Marvel at the Italian-style garden's formal, geometric, and Renaissance features. As you move on to the French garden, see its great expression of classical Baroque art, enriched by statues and water features. Continue to the English garden with more memorable geometric features as well as natural and artificial elements such as caves, streams, trees, shrubs, pagodas, pergolas, temples, and ruins. After the visit to the gardens, you'll get access to the Vatican Museums. End your day by exploring one of the most visited museums in the world.

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

8. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Rome to discover the history and the secrets of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Basilica in the world. Admire the stunning architecture, famous artworks, and visit the Papal Grottoes. After meeting your guide, explore the wonders that fill the Basilica. Follow your guide as you discover the past of St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at its grand interior, covered in gold and breathtaking colors. See the artworks that were created by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Bramante, a focal point for religion and a representative of the beauty of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. After visiting the Basilica, head to the Papal Grottoes, where the previous pontiffs were buried. Get indications to visit the St. Peter’s Dome on request at the end of the tour. Before entering the Basilica there is a mandatory security check, therefore this might cause the creation of a queue that cannot be skipped.

Rome: Vatican Gardens & Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica

9. Rome: Vatican Gardens & Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica

Start your visit with an audio-guided tour of the Vatican Gardens with insightful commentary on an open bus. See the highlights including the Vatican Radio, the Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Residence, and the Vatican Government Palace. Experience the floral glamor of the Gardens while admiring the fountains and sculptures of the Baroque and Renaissance eras. After the Vatican Gardens, discover the iconic St. Peter Basilica with our local guide. Admire the masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà, the statue of St Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II and stare in wonder at Bernini’s Baldacchino, the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St Peter’s tomb.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

10. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. After receiving the blessings from the Pope, the activity coordinator will lead you to the bar where you will enjoy a typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino (or americano) and cornetto (croissant). You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

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What people are saying about Gardens of Vatican City

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So fascinating especially the models of the castel over the years. Loved the large sculpture of Michael the Archangel and the twelve angel statues along the bridge leading to the fortress. There was a seagull that had his photograph taken numerous times by tourists as he posed with the arched bridges over the Tiber and Roma in the background. He was an asset to Castel San Angelo!

Excellent choice!!!We got inside without waiting at all.The guide was very informative.We saw a lot of great things without being crowded.There were a few groups and we had time and space for enjoying the tour.

Well organized tour.Very informative guide.It was interesting and we saw a lot of things.The only disadvantage was that we had to wait in the long line of visitors for getting inside.

Very interesting and very close to the Vatican. Nice café with wonderful views which continue when you go up to the top level where you can see across the city.

This tour was great! We learned so much and the Sistine Chapel was breathtaking!