The Vatican Gardens

An aerial view of the Vatican Gardens, an area spanning  57 acres behind St. Peter’s Basilica.

An inside view of the Vatican Gardens

According to tradition, the gardens were created with soil from Mount Calvary brought back by St. Helena.

A Delle Sirene fountain in the Vatican Gardens

During the 13th century the Vatican Gardens were expanded by order of Pope Nicholas III, who moved the papal residence from the Lateran Palace to the Vatican.

The Courtyard of the Pinecone

The only part of Bramante's Renaissance Belvedere Courtyard open to the public, this area is named for the large bronze pinecone discovered in Roman ruins.

View from a hillside

The Vatican Gardens offer stunning views of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.