Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums

Sit back, relax, and take an audio guided drive through one of the richest gardens in the world!

€ 45,66

Overview

Discover the oasis of nature and art that lies within the confines of the Vatican! The Vatican Museums are pleased to introduce this new type of audio guided tour to the Vatican Gardens, which joins the traditional walking tours and makes it possible to enjoy the architectural and artistic heritage of the Vatican gardens from the comfort of a small open bus. The ticket includes admission (non guided) to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel at the end of the tour of the Gardens.

  • Available from Monday to Saturday, from 8:15am to 12:45pm.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Audio guide languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and German
  • Maximum group size: 28 people.
  • The ticket includes admission (non guided) to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel at the end of the tour of the Gardens. The admission ticket to the Vatican Museums is valid for visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel only on the date indicated on the voucher.
  • The visit is currently not equipped for wheelchair users.
  • Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes without high heels.

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The Vatican Museums include the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.

 

IMPORTANT VATICAN REGULATIONS - PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Vatican requires the name and birth date of all participants of the group, please enter their names in specific field in the order form, once you have added the reservation to your shopping cart.
  • Vatican confirms the visit around two months before the date, so reservation guarantees the insertion into the waiting list.
  • Credit card charge is made the business day after the reservation request.
  • The reservation allows you to enter on confirmed date, only at time confirmed on the voucher.
  • Late arrivals will not be admitted. It is advised to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the time indicated on the confirmation voucher.
  • After the payment is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail with the confirmation of the booking, the voucher containing the reservation code and tour information. You are asked to print off the voucher so as to present it on the day of the tour. The reservation will be checked by means of the bar code present on the voucher. You will have to show the voucher you received by email together with a valid identification document.
  • In case of loss of the voucher please consult the Customer Care Staff.
  • Reservations can be made until 4 days before the visit.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; attraction automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out. Tickets will be confirmed upon availability of attraction. Please note time confirmed can be ANY TIME during opening hours.

 

Also available:

Guided tour of the Vatican Gardens, which includes access (without guide) to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

or

Audio Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica

For all the guided tours you may stay inside the museums at the end of the guided visit, until closing time.

 

Visitor Regulations:

  • Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
  • It is allowed to take pictures without flash
  • Pets not permitted
  • It is not permitted to consume food during the visit
  • It is forbidden to collect flowers, plants, and herbs
  • Smoking is not allowed inside the bus.
  • Access is restricted to individuals with proper attire (sleeveless shirts, shorts and mini-skirts will not be accepted)
  • The use of telescopic selfie sticks is not permitted.
  • Passengers are not allowed to leave the bus during the visit.
  • It is mandatory to wear the seat belt.
  • Photographs are allowed for private use only.
  • The guided tour remains confirmed in the case of adverse weather conditions
  • The itinerary is subject to change for unforeseen activities of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City

 

CANCELLATION POLICY: tickets CANNOT be canceled and are NOT refundable.

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PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]

 

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Saturday; the Ticket Office is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The Museums close at 6:00pm.

Entrance times will be indicated at the time of the reservation.

 

The Vatican Museums are closed on the following days:

Sundays (except for the last Sunday of each month, excluding Easter, June 29 and December 25 and 26)

January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)

February 11 (Lateran Pacts Anniversary)

March 19 (St. Joseph), 23 and 24 (Easter, Easter Monday)

May 1 (Ascension Thursday) and May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)

August 14 (Assumption Vigil) and 15 (Assumption Day)

November 1 (All Saint's Day)

December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day) and 26 (St. Stephen's Day)

Practical Information - Before You Book

PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive two emails. The first email contains your order summary (this one you receive immediately after placing your order), the second email confirms your successful payment (one business day after placing the order). In order to receive these two emails, please make sure that you enter your email address correctly and check that antispam or antivirus filters do not block emails from our [email protected] address. Users of AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net need to pay special attention to this, please. Vouchers will also be available, one business day after the request, at your dashboard. IMPORTANT NOTE: The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

Includes

Ticket with "Skip-the-Line" reservation

Restrictions and rules of conduct

The visit is not currently accessible to people in wheelchairs. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes without heels. Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on this tour. No exceptions can be made to this rule. It is not permitted to consume food during the visit It is forbidden to collect flowers, plants, and herbs Smoking is not allowed inside the bus. Access is restricted to individuals with proper attire (sleeveless shirts, shorts and miniskirts will not be accepted) The use of telescopic selfie sticks is not permitted. Passengers are not allowed to leave the bus during the visit. It is mandatory to wear the seat belt. Photographs are allowed for private use only. The guided tour remains confirmed in the case of adverse weather conditions The itinerary is subject to change for unforeseen activities of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City

Vatican Gardens Tour by Bus

Discover the oasis of nature and art that lies within the confines of the Vatican! 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.

Within the new walls, which he had built to protect his residence, he planted an orchard, a lawn, and a garden. The event is recorded on a stone plaque which can be viewed in the Sala dei Capitani at the Palazzo dei Conservatori on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

The Vatican Museums are pleased to introduce this new type of audio guided tour to the Vatican Gardens, which joins the traditional walking tours and makes it possible to enjoy the architectural and artistic heritage of the Vatican gardens from the comfort of a small open bus.

 

After your tour of the Vatican Gardens, you can access the Vatican Museums and enjoy them until closing time (self-guided visit):

The Vatican Museums are the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times, and many of the Renaissance's finest artists were in the employ of the Pope.

The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself.

The Vatican Museums are the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.

Justly known as one of the most famous places in the world, the Sistine Chapel is the site where the conclave for the election of the popes and other solemn pontifical ceremonies are held. The ceiling as well as the wall above the altar bear the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo. Pope Julius II commissioned the Florentine master sculptor and painter to decorate the ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Much later, from 1537 to 1541, Michelangelo was again called to create The Last Judgement on the wall above the altar, a fresco which would change the course of Western art.

Built according to the architectural design of Baccio Pontelli by Giovannino de Dolci between 1475 and 1481, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned it. A large rectangular room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is divided into two unequal parts by a marble screen. The screen and the transenna were built by Mino da Fiesole and other artists.

Cancellation Policy

Once the visit is confirmed, you can not cancel or modify.

Prices Detail

Full: 45.66, Fare applied whenever no reduction may be applied

Reduced: 31.66, Reduced fare applied when...

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