Vatican Gardens

Gardens in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

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Up to a third of the Vatican is covered by the perfectly manicured Vatican Gardens, which contain fortifications, grottoes, monuments, fountains, and the state's tiny heliport. Visits are by two-hour guided tour only, for which you’ll need to book at least a week in advance.

Note that after the tour you're free to visit the Vatican Museums on your own.