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The Vatican Gardens

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Viale Vaticano
www.mv.vatican.va
By reservation and by guided tour only. Guided tours every day except Wednesday, Sunday and bank holidays. Admission fee.

The gardens are the oldest in the city and cover 22 hectares, half of the State of the Vatican City. Every pope has left his mark in these gardens, originally meant for the cultivation of medicinal plants and throughout history the backdrop to religious and spectacular events, by commissioning works from the most famous artists of his day, Bernini being one such artist. From around the world came rare and precious plants, gifts to the powerful leader of Christianity, and there were also vineyards and orchards. Even today a small vegetable garden supplies the Pontiff’s table. A walk in these gardens allows you to move from studying Baroque and Renaissance symmetries to the more liberally planted groves of conifers, accompanied by the sound of 101 bubbling fountains and, from unfamiliar view points, the majesty of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica can be admired.

The numerous species of plants in the gardens (more than 300) include the coral tree, with beautiful scarlet flowers, various sequoias, numerous dwarf palms and canary palms, cedars, pines, cypresses, beech, magnolias and majestic gum trees, and also olives, pines, limes and beech trees, different fruits, including cherries, apples and pears and beautifully cared for hedges. Numerous species of birds live here, from common passerines to exotic parakeets and other interesting species such as kestrels, barn owls, tawny owls, foxes, hedgehogs, amphibians such as tree frogs and newts and also different sorts of reptiles, such as rat snakes, grass snakes, slow-worms and Aesculapian snakes, none of them poisonous.

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Viale Vaticano, Roma, Italy

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