Vatican Hill, Colle Vaticano, Mons Vaticanus, Vatikanischer Hügel – all names for the same, insignificant knoll rising above the Vatican Gardens, in the extreme north west of the territory of the State of Vatican City in Rome. The hill has no alpinistic meaning; is only interesting for collectors of European highpoints, since it is the highest natural point in the Vatican – 75 m high.
The summit is being reached only by few over time, as it is hidden behind trees and bushes and normally not accessible due to the strict regulation providing that nobody is permitted to enter the Gardens except when member of a guided tour. Guided tours normally don't care to approach the summit, and the guides are difficult to convince to make a little detour.
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Apply for entry into the Gardens at the entrance to the Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, at the north west side of the Vatican Wall. Get an appointment. Join a group that is being assembled at given times, depending on demand. Watch out for the highest point while you walk through the Gardens – you will find it to the right hand side of the trail when walking uphill.
Sneaking away from the group, towards the summit, will be regarded as unruly behaviour and may result in you being expelled from the Gardens.
Entrance to the Vatican Gardens only with a ticket.
Formally not permitted to climb, unless with a special permission and under control of a guide.
In front of Vatican Wall there are small parking lots where you may sleep in your car and use the restrooms in the lobby to the Vatican Museums.