The Vatican Gardens are part of the Vatican City and extend from south to north-west of the small state. The Vatican Museums separate them from the northern area, where the banks, the newspaper and the Apostolic Palaces where the Pope lives reside.
The gardens have been the place of rest and meditation of the Roman Pontiff since 1279, when Pope Nicholas III (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1277-1280) built a solemn building on the Vatican hill, that is, near St. Peter’s Basilica, where he later moved permanently the residence of the pontiff.
Within the new walls, which he had erected to defend his residence, the Pope had an orchard (pomerium), a lawn (agriculture) (pratellum) and a real garden (viridarium) planted; this first nucleus was built near the hill of Sant’Egidio, where today the Belvedere Palace and the courtyards of the Vatican Museums are located.
How to visit the Vatican Gardens?
The Vatican Gardens can be visited from Monday to Saturday (excluding Wednesdays) from 9 am to 6 pm (the last admission is at 4 pm).
How much does it cost to visit the Vatican Gardens?
The full ticket costs 30 € which also includes Group Tour – Headphones and Guide. The reduced ticket has a cost of € 21 which also includes, in this case, Group Tour – Headphones and Guide. For booking go to this link.
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