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The Vatican Gardens have been a place of quiet and meditation for the Popes ever since 1279 when Nicholas III (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1277-1280) moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace.
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Within the new walls, which he had built to protect his residence, he planted an orchard (pomerium), a lawn (pratellum) and a garden (viridarium).
The event is recorded among other places on a stone plaque which can be viewed in the “Sala dei Capitani” of the “Palazzo dei Conservatori” on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.
Created around the hill of Saint Egidio where today can be found the “Palazzetto del Belvedere” building and the courtyards of the Vatican Museums, this was to be the first Garden in the Vatican.
The tour of the Gardens allows the visitor to be part of a group tour conducted by an official Vatican Guide. The tour is unique, as it takes the visitor through 2000 years of history. Besides the natural beauty of the gardens, the Vatican City is rich in monument and precious works of art.
Viale Vaticano, Rome
Duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours, every day 9 AM to 6 PM except Wednesday, Sunday and Holidays. The gardens can be visited only with guided tours to be booked at least one week in advance both for individual visitors and groups. The ticket enables the visitor to continue, on their own, a tour of the Vatican Museums. Upon request, during the opening hours the following visits may be organized.
Concessions: 24 euro. The Vatican Gardens can be visited with a guided tour only. The ticket includes admission to the Museums (without guided tour), guided tour of the Gardens and rental of audio guides. Unfortunately, persons using wheelchairs are not authorized to tour the Vatican Gardens due to difficulties for their safe movement caused be the nature of the pathways. For individual visitors or a small group (max 15 persons) the cost of the guided tour is € 250,00 in addition to the full entry price ticket of € 18,00 per person or € 12,00 for the reduced ticket per person. Upon request, it is possible to organize a visit of the Museums after closing hours (e-mail: [email protected]).
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