Vatican City Gardens


Gorgeous gardens, a botanists delight, lots of grottos, sculptures and avenues of trees from all over the world.  

 one of the larger grottos. 

one of the larger grottos. 

 Margot suggested that we take an open air bus tour of the gardens. They are quite expansive and cover a hillside. It was the best way to explore the gardens. 

Margot suggested that we take an open air bus tour of the gardens. They are quite expansive and cover a hillside. It was the best way to explore the gardens. 

 The Vatican City is its own political entity, the 'country' has many buildings including the Popes residence, embassies, local administration, finance etc. 

The Vatican City is its own political entity, the 'country' has many buildings including the Popes residence, embassies, local administration, finance etc. 

 beautiful fine mosaic detail on this building. Tortoises live in the pond. 

beautiful fine mosaic detail on this building. Tortoises live in the pond. 

 The dome of St Peters Basilica can be seen from all across the garden. 

The dome of St Peters Basilica can be seen from all across the garden. 

 Entrance to the rose garden. 

Entrance to the rose garden. 

 They employ 30 full time gardeners, and it's still not enough. 

They employ 30 full time gardeners, and it's still not enough. 

 Grotto for Mary Magdelena.  

Grotto for Mary Magdelena.  

 Parterre garden with clipped box hedges and fountains. 

Parterre garden with clipped box hedges and fountains. 

 I can't remember if this sculpture was made by Michelangelo or dedicated to him. 

I can't remember if this sculpture was made by Michelangelo or dedicated to him. 

 the Dome, again    

the Dome, again 

 

We then spent the rest of the day wandering through the many museums and art galleries, the Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica and crypt.