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Rome: Vatican Gardens & Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica

3.5 / 5

32 reviews

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

Rome: Vatican Gardens & Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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From US$ 66.30 per person

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Discover the Vatican State: Vatican Gardens tour by minibus. Admire St. Peter's Basilica and the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo with a local guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, Italian, German
Audio guide included
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian


  • Gaze upon Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Marvel at the lavishly decorated interior of the Basilica
  • Hear stories about baroque sculptor and architect Bernini
  • Discover the most important Basilica with the exclusive visit
  • Admire the wonderful Vatican Gardens onboard an open bus
Full description

Start your visit with an audio-guided tour of the Vatican Gardens with insightful commentary on an open bus. See the highlights including the Vatican Radio, the Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Residence, and the Vatican Government Palace.

Experience the floral glamor of the Gardens while admiring the fountains and sculptures of the Baroque and Renaissance eras. After the Vatican Gardens, discover the iconic St. Peter Basilica with our local guide.

Admire the masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà, the statue of St Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II and stare in wonder at Bernini’s Baldacchino, the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St Peter’s tomb.

  • Vatican Gardens tour by minibus
  • Multilingual audio guides (mini bus tour)
  • St. Peter's Basilica tour
  • Live guide (St. Peter's Basilica tour)
  • Reserved Entrance Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to St. Peter's Dome
  • Life guide at the Vatican Gardens
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Touristation Office just outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The time chosen must be respected. Latecomers will not be accommodated.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour involves long periods of standing with a lot of walking and is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour is not allowed for children under 6 years old. For safety reasons, it is not possible to get on the minibus for the Vatican Gardens
  • For operational reasons, there may be a break between the Vatican Gardens minibus tour and the guided tour at the St. Peter's Basilica
  • The duration of the open bus tour is about 45 minutes
  • The visit takes place in two different locations, plan your time accordingly
  • The time chosen must be respected, and latecomers will not be accommodated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 32 reviews

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Unfortunately, it was not clear from the advertisement that you would have to wait between the garden tour and St. Peter's Basilica, or that you could book the Vatican Museums as well. So we ran out of time because St. Peter's was much later. The Vatican Gardens were just a tape and if you're on the wrong side of the bus it's difficult to photograph. The tour of St. Peter's Basilica was fun and informative. That's exactly how we imagined it. So next time without the gardens.

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August 8, 2022

Unless you have plenty of time, a bus tour to see the Vatican Gardens is definitely the way to go. Much more relaxing and all the important sights are highlighted. As for the Basilica, the tour guide was very knowledgable and did a great job of highlighting the important aspects inside, with plenty of interesting stories and details around them. I would say this was definitely value for money.

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May 23, 2022

At the tourist station they were very friendly, but wanted to give us the Vatican Gardens and a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica on 2 different days, which is not in the description. After driving through the Vatican Gardens, one could have walked through the garden independently. We couldn't do that due to time constraints, which is a pity. The time window until the tour in St. Peter's Basilica to the Vatican Gardens was extremely tight. We had to rush quite a bit and luckily the line to the checkpoint wasn't so long that we just made it. 1 hour between the gardens and the guided tour through St. Peter's Basilica is far too short and was only manageable with great luck/rushing. It should be written in the offer that for scheduling it is better to schedule both in two days or in the morning and later in the afternoon. You have to walk everywhere alone and don't have a guide to show you the way. In addition, there is no preferential entry, you have to wait in

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April 14, 2022

Product ID: 410214