Since the new Pope Francis has been in position, the Vatican Gardens have been opened to the public. It’s a guided tour only option, and the gardens are crammed full of security but a revelation nevertheless.

We partook of this….

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A view down to the back of one of the Vatican Museum wings, from the entrance to the gardens.

 

St Peters looms in the  distance

St Peters looms in the distance

It seems that every Pope has had a fountain constructed and named after him

It seems that every Pope has had a fountain constructed and named after him

Impeccably tailored

Impeccably tailored

We passed some restorers - painstaking work.

We passed some restorers – painstaking work.

Close up as they work on one of the many 'prayer places' dotted around the gardens

Close up as they work on one of the many ‘prayer places’ dotted around the gardens

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