vatican gardens

Mar 16th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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vatican gardens

Has anyone been to the vatican gardens recently? We are considering it as part of 7 days in Rome, booking through the vatican web-site, but wonder if it is interesting, especially as two of our number are teenagers!
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Mar 16th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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The Vatican Gardens tour is mildly interesting (but I'm not a gardener). You get a different view of everything including the buildings and quite a bit of Rome from above (they drove us up the highest hill and we walked down from there.)

What I found more interesting were the various small buildings and chapels in the grounds. Out guide didn't seem to know - or say - much about them.

And we found fortuitously the 4th century chapel in which Charlemagne crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor - by wresting the crown fron the hands of the Pope and putting it on his own head - thus technically not subjugating himself to the Pope's control.

We only noticed it because there was a wedding taking place there - and are as nosy as anyone else. It turned out to be a Roman Principessa being married to some minor German dukeling. The guide said personal permission of the Pope's Secretary of State is required to be able to use it.
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Mar 19th, 2006, 02:25 AM
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Thanks, nytraveller. Did you see any other gardens in Rome that were more worthwhile?
I am limited by having two teens with me for whom gardens are not the top of the agenda so I want to save my time for the best. Thinking of the villa d'este any orta botanica. Anyone know of any others?
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Mar 19th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Sorry - I'm a history person - not a garden one - going to this wasn't my idea but one of our compromises. So I haven;t seen any others in Rome. Do know it's not like London where there are gardens/parks everywhere.
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Mar 19th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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I love St Peter's and the Vatican, but I don't think teenagers would go for the Gardens that much. They'd probably rather climb the dome.
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