When we are talking about Vatican gardens, we should point out that they belong to some of the most beautiful and most luxurious gardens not only in Rome but also in the world. There are some things that each visitor should know before visiting them. First of all, it should be noted that there are not crowded with people and that if you plan to go there, you should know that not a lot of reservations are accepted at the same time.
What is included in the visit?
During the visit to the Vatican garden, there are also some other things that are included in the offer, and those are fountains and some sacred sites as well as astonishing views. For example, there are astonishing mini-gardens such as the garden made exclusively of cactuses. We can also add numerous sculptures all over those gardens and the astonishing view onto the dome of St. Peter Basilica. Grotta di Lourdes replica is also located here.
There are also numerous museums included in the visit, and you can also enter into the Sistine Chapel. It should be noted that you cannot use the ticket you have to go to museums on Friday nights. If you also decide on a museum tour, you would need an audio guide, book guide, or a book that would accompany your company. If you got through the gardens, you need to go straight to the museums, and there is no coming back after lunch or similar. You should also know that you can visit these either during the morning or sometime around 12/1p.m.
Saint Peter’s Basilica
You can wait for this holy place right from the Sistine Chapel without any queues. The entry is not paid, and the entry is from the right. In this way, you would not wait at all.
When we are talking about the Vatican gardens, we should mention that those are two gardens in essence. The most popular ones are the ones that are located behind St. Peter’s Basilica. You can also visit some gardens that are located in the Papal summer residence, which is 30min away from Rome, and there are Barberini gardens, which became open to the public in 2014. All this is located at Castel Gandolfo.
How long does it take?
If you decide to visit the gardens on foot, you would need from 90 to 120min. The same ticket is very useful since you can also visit Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica through the Sistine Chapel. The entire visit of all this may take approximately 5 hours.
You can also opt for the bus tour, and it is a shorter one that takes only 45min. You cannot stop wherever you want and.
There is also the possibility of having the all-day tour that would not only include the visit to the gardens in the Vatican, but it would also include the visit to Castel Gandolfo.
It should be noted that the gardens are open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. They do not work on any Sunday or any Catholic holiday. They are also closed whenever there are any masses conducted by the Pope at St. Peter’s Basilica. Some of these non-working days are 8th, 25th and 26th December, 1st and 6th January, East Sunday, etc. you can check their online calendar and see when the non-working days are. It is a practice that the hours of the visit to both the gardens and museums are in the morning. If you decide to go on Wednesday, you cannot take a walking tour but only a bus tour due to the Papal audience. Walking tours usually begin either at 9:30 a.m or at 11 a.m.
Ti is also allowed and enabled for people who are in wheelchairs to visit the gardens but without any special tours. You may need to ask for a guide or a slot in some other group.
It should be added that there are also bathrooms, but they are not easily visible, and you may need to ask a guide where they are. It should also be noted that they are not equipped for the handicapped people.