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Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)

Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)

Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

The frescoes adorning Raphael’s Rooms were originally commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 1500s; Pope Leo X continued the commission after Julius' death in 1513 and, when Raphael died just seven years later, artists from his studio completed the frescoes.

The Vatican Museums, home to the Raphael Rooms, are the most visited attraction in Rome, so booking a guided tour with skip-the-line access in advance is a must. Tickets to the Vatican Museums include entry to Raphael’s Rooms. A small-group tour offering early-morning access before the museums are open to the general public is an excellent way to enjoy Raphael's works in relative peace. Many Vatican tours include Raphael's Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and other highlights of the Vatican Museums—along with St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.

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Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
star-4.5
$80.16 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome experience
I booked a trip to Rome from Florence to visit the Vatican Museums, and my luck we book with an awesome tour guide - City Lights Tours. Sean was very helpful and informative, and our actual tour guide Diana was amazing. Diana was super informed on the art of the Vatican, she truly knows her history and is a great story teller. The price for this tour is a bit higher but well worth it.
Derek_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Excellent Guide on Vatican Tour
Darrin_W, Dec 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Guide was excellent. He took us through the tour with great insight into the history of the buildings and the art. Highly recommended.
star-5
Arrive early to the tour
Fares_M, Dec 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Make sure you show up half an hour before the tour starts because they take off BEFORE 2.30 (my scheduled time). The office with 2-3 workers handles plenty of tours and they seemed overwhelmed even though they were able to connect me with my tour eventually. My English guide Antonio was phenomenal. The tour seemed to cover the important pieces of art at the Vatican museums and the chapel.
star-5
Used our heads
Bill_L, Dec 2021
Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms Guided Tour
She explained interesting little known facts. Showed us things to look for. And made us think at the same time
star-5
Excellent Tour Guide
Michael_R, Dec 2021
Semi Private tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative of the topics related to the tour of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basileca.
star-4
Descent
elena_g, Dec 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
It was nice to skip the line and have a guided tour. I would suggest a bit deeper history and art overview rather than an anecdotal information.
star-4
Good tour through massive site
Mark_A, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Was a good tour. Our guide was very informative and made some nice jokes. The tour was a bit quicker than we would of liked at times it felt a bit rushed, probably because there is so much to see in the Vatican.
star-5
Incredible!
Leonard_L, Dec 2019
Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Our guide was Marco. Marco was very knowledgeable and friendly. He took the time to answer all of our questions and was very patient guiding us through the tour. My girlfriend and I booked a few tours while visiting Rome and this was my favorite one. Thanks again Marco!
star-5
Vatican tour
andy_m, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
It was a very good tour with a very knowledgeable and passionate guide. The guide knew a lot of the history and was always willing to answer questions.
star-4
Be prepared to walk! A lot!
Karen L, Nov 2019
Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
We forget how huge the Vatican complex is..,.and this tour covers a lot of it....so make sure to wear good shoes. Leader was very knowledgeable but moves fast.
star-4
Sistine chapel. Our guide...
Luis_A, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Sistine chapel. Our guide Claudia knew a lot about the trip, and sometimes she datailed a little bit more than expected
star-5
Such a beautiful way to experience the vatican
Abbey_D, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
This was such a special trip! There was so much to cover on our own, so the tour was extremely helpful. Our guide was incredible, Irene, and she was so funny! 10/10 review.
star-5
Great company. Amazing tour.
Ali_E, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Great company. Very organized. Your guide was amazing. I would splurge on the VIP pre-opening to avoid the crowds.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Vatican Museums have notoriously long lines; it is imperative that you book tickets in advance. Tickets to the Vatican Museums include entry to Raphael’s Rooms.

  • Attire covering shoulders and knees are required to enter certain areas of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

  • There is a security check to enter the museums, and pocket knives, corkscrews, and umbrellas are banned.

  • You can check large backpacks, umbrellas, and luggage in the free cloakroom.

  • The Vatican Museums and Raphael’s Rooms are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums complex is in Vatican City. The nearest metro station is Ottaviano along line A, about a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

The Vatican is busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are recommended. Though the museums are less crowded during winter, they can still fill up around midday, so join a private tour in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. The museum’s opening hours apply to Raphael’s Rooms.

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Raphael’s Rooms by Name

The Room of the Segnatura (Stanza della Segnatura) was the first to be decorated and contains Raphael's most famous painting, The School of Athens. The other rooms, also decorated with scenes inspired by both religious and political history, are known as The Room of Constantine (Stanza di Costantino), Heliodorus (Stanza di Eliodoro), and Fire in the Borgo (Stanza dell'Incendio del Borgo).

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