How do you get to the Vatican Gardens?

Venture to the exclusive gardens of Vatican for a gorgeous, sophisticated, and tranquil adventure. Bursting with greenery, art, and culture, the Vatican Gardens are a delightful break from the hustle and bustle of Rome.

History of the Gardens

The birth of the gardens began in 1279 when Pope Nicholas III planted an orchard, a lawn and a garden. The grounds grew substantially, now spanning 57 acres across the city. As these areas have changed and grown significantly over the past centuries, the Gardens now envelope over 57 acres. There have been many names for the gardens, originally known as the ‘The Gardens of Vatican City,’ as well as both ‘Giardini Vaticani’ and ‘The Pope’s Playground.’ Home to a range of medieval fortifications, buildings and monuments dating from the 9th century to modern day.

How you can get there

The gardens entry is limited, with only a small amount of reservations each day. As well, it isn’t open to the public on all days of the week. Due to this restriction, there are three ways you can enter the gardens. First, you can join a group tour with an Official Vatican Tour Guide. They list the schedule and availability on their official website. Otherwise, you can do a private tour of the gardens a Private Tour Guide. This is best for travellers who want a more one on one guided walk, with only you and your group strolling the grounds. Otherwise, you can join on an open bus tour, which might take you to not just the gardens, but other great spots within the city.

What you can do there

The gardens have three separate landscaping styles; English, French and Italian. Strolling through each section to see the different flora and fauna, with decorated with idyllic buildings, fountains, and sculptures inspired by each country’s greatest artists. Noteworthy pieces include the Fountain of the Eagle, which it symbolises the return of water to the Vatican from the Acqua Paola. As well as the artificial cave named the Lourdes Grotto, which was modelled after the French Grotto of Massabielle. Great buildings include the medieval Saint John’s Tower which gives a breathtaking view overlooking the Gardens. Visit the Vatican heliport, train station, and the radio station that are scattered within the grounds as you wander the paths.

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