The gardens are the backstory of Vatican City. You have to book a tour online in advance. You get a view behind the main tourist areas that is interesting. Downside is that this area is where all the support services operate their deliveries, drop offs, etc. You dodge a lot of traffic while trying to imagine the Pope wandering around to reflect in a quiet moment. I suspect that is impossible. Our tour guide had a thick accent, wild gestures and tall tales to go with it all. She alone made the tour for us.
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