When In Rome… Here's How To Have Dinner In The Pope’s Secret Garden

Dine under the stars — in the Vatican's backyard.

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Looking to take your next trip to Italy up a notch? Nab one of the most exclusive reservations in town: dinner in the Pope's secret garden.

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Fortunately, you don't need to pull strings with his Holiness to make it happen. A new offering through the travel company opens up the private, walled Cordile del Giardino Quadrato for an al fresco farm-to-table experience.

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The evening starts with an after-hours guided tour of the Vatican's , where guests will have the opportunity to linger in the museum without the pressure of crowds and lines.

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From there, the group continues out to the Cordile del Giardino Quadrato. The serene walled garden is normally inaccessible to the public, and few people outside of the papal community have the opportunity to experience it.

Diners will spend the evening indulging in delicious Italian cuisine, all prepared with organic farm-to-table ingredients sourced from the Pope's farm in Castel Gandolfo, in Italy's Lazio region.

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In 2016, , but there are no plans currently for the Giardino Quadrato to follow suit. In other words, carpe diem — it doesn't seem like the the Pope's secret garden will be opened to the public any time soon.

This trip is currently available through four of Trafalgar's tours: Contrasts of Italy, Grand European, Best of Italy & Sicily and Rome Explorer. Tours start at $2,195.

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