The Vatican Gardens have been a place of quiet and meditation for the popes since 1279 when Nicholas III 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 (pomerium), a lawn (pratellum) and a garden (viridarium).

Created around the hill of Saint Egidio (where the Palazzetto del Belvedere is located today) and the courtyards of the Vatican Museums, this was to be the first garden in the Vatican. However, should you visit the Vatican Gardens today you would begin by viewing a totally different area from that first orchard, one located in a more recent addition to what is now Vatican City State. It is there that larger and more recent gardens have been planted, covering together with the original garden about half of the 44 hectares of Vatican City.

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    Липченко Александра (2 years ago)
    Of course we couldn't visit gardens, just see it from tower (this is private Vatican area), but it looks amazing, we love it
    Lorraine glover (3 years ago)
    Gardens are stunning. It was such a beautiful day as well one I will treasure. And after that I done the Vatican. Rome is full of history I loved it and will go back and visit
    Miroslav Botev (3 years ago)
    Beautiful place! Loved the summer residence they showed us in the end. Worth it for the exclusivity factor. However, not as good as the Vatican museums if you want to weigh them against each other.
    Tanislava Gorska (3 years ago)
    Beautiful gardens with nice views to St.Peter basilica. Peaceful place. The downside is you don't have much chance to relax and enjoy on a bench, you basically spend 2 hours on foot.
    François Marquis (3 years ago)
    Pretty much just look at the place as there's so much to see inside. Perfect little gardens with lush green everywhere...
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