Vatican Gardens: Tour Fees & Hours

No doubt about the fact that among the incredible wonders within the Vatican Museums the Vatican Gardens stand out. Located inside the walls of the Vatican City, the Vatican Gardens are incredibly vast, expanding for over 25 hectares, covering approximately half of the Pope’s State. On this page you will find useful information to plan your visit of the Vatican Gardens, included tickets, kinds of tours available and opening hours. For facts and history of the Vatican Gardens, keep reading!

How to Visit the Vatican Gardens

The gardens are accessible only through the Vatican Museum and can be visited in three ways:

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Group Tour with an Official Vatican Tour Guide

You can choose to join a group walking tour. This option will allow you to walk through the gardens with other people. You will be accompanied by an official tour guide of the Vatican Museums.
– The visit lasts 2 hours.
– Full price ticket is 32€, while Reduced Ticket is 24€. The tickets can be purchased directly online from the Official Website of the Vatican Museums.
– At the end of the guided tour of the Vatican Gardens, you have the chance to explore with no additional fees the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on your own. Click here to Buy Group Tour of the Vatican Gardens.

Vatican Gardens Tour with an Exclusive Tour Guide

You can visit the Vatican Gardens with an exclusive guide of the Vatican Museums. In this case the guide will be at your disposal. This option is available from 1 up to 15 people and it’s also a walking tour.
– Duration of the tour is of 2 hours.
– Full price ticket is 20€, while reduced ticket is 12€.
– Price for the exclusive guide per group up to 15 people is 250€. As for the group tour above mention, you can buy the tickets directly online and continue the visit of the Vatican Museums on you own without any additional cost. Click here to Purchase an Exclusive Tour of the Vatican Gardens.

Vatican Gardens Tour By Open Bus

Alternatively, the Vatican Museums offer the Vatican Gardens By Open Bus option, that allows you to admire the gardens aboard a minibus.
– The duration of the tour is 45 minutes.
– Note that there are no stop-offs along this itinerary and that this tour is not available to people on wheelchairs or kids younger than 6.
– Explanations will be provided through a multilingual audio system (available in Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian).
– Full price ticket is € 36,00, while reduced ticket is € 23,00. Tickets will allow you to enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on your own. They can be purchased online through the official tickets office of the Vatican Museums. Click here for the Vatican Gardens By Open Bus

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Attraction Overview

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 8.30am - 11.30am
Best Time To Visit: 8.30am or 9.30pm
Tickets: Needed
Accessibility: Partially Accessible
Kid-friendly Attraction

How to Visit


– Online Booking is Mandatory for the Vatican Gardens. The tickets can be purchased from the Vatican Ticket Office


Springtime and Summertime: 8.30 am or 9.30 am;
Fall and Wintertime: from 10.30 am or 11.00 am;


Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat


Not Available on

Wednesday and Sunday

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Entrance from 8.30 am to 11.30 am


Tickets to the Vatican Gardens must be purchased online. Prices vary depending on the kind of visit you chose:

Duration 2 hours.
Full price ticket: 32€
Reduced Ticket: 24€
(with the same tickets you can visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own)

Duration 2 hours
Full price ticket: 20€
Reduced Ticket: 12€
Tour Fee: 250€
(with the same tickets you can visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own)

Duration 45 minutes
Full price ticket: 36€
Reduced Ticket: 23€
Explanations will be provided with an audio guide available in multiple languages.
(with the same tickets you can visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own)


Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
The Vatican Museums have finally made the Vatican Gardens accessible to all. For people with disabilities there’s a specific itinerary available called “Vatican Gardens without barriers”

Masterpieces can be seen by visitors (in pre-constituted groups) with motor difficulties or in wheelchairs, accompanied by their friends or relatives, and guided along a tailored artistic and botanical itinerary by an educational guide authorised by Vatican City State.

Due to the specific form of the roads and paths within the Vatican Gardens, the visitor and eventual companion are required to sign a Declaration of Exemption of Responsibility.


Guide service (compulsory): € 160.00.
Full ticket: € 20.00 per participant.
Reduced ticket: € 12.00 per participant.
Free entry: for all disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%; free entry is extended also to an eventual companion.
Headset: compulsory for groups of more than 11 visitors.
Tour days: according to availability.
Duration of tour: 2 hours.
Languages available: upon request.
Number of participants per group: maximum 15 (including companions).

How to Reach


Bus Lines (Stop “Viale Vaticano”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Bastioni di Michelangelo”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Emo”):


Bus Lines (Stop “Risorgimento”):


Metro Station:

Take the “Red Metro Line” or “A Line” and stop at “Cipro” or “Ottaviano”.

Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome, Italy
Get directions from Google Maps

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Gardens of the Vatican City Facts & History

Even though the origins of the Vatican Gardens dates back to Pope Nicholas III (1277 – 1280), the present structure of the gardens must be attributed to Pope Julius II (born as Giulio della Rovere), patron of arts, who commissioned Bramante the current design of the Gardens, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and also the famous Raphael’s Rooms in the Vatican Museums.
Further works were carried out under the Popes Clemens VII and Paul III, who designed the “secret garden” within the Vatican Gardens. Read More…

Vatican Gardens FAQ

Are you wondering something about this landmark in Rome? Go to our Q&A section and post your question. It will be answered by an official Rome tour guide!

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