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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: Vatican Museum + Sistine Chapel Tour or Ticket with Raphael Rooms
Skip the Line: Vatican Museum + Sistine Chapel Tour or Ticket with Raphael Rooms
star-4.5
$37.67 per adult
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Great Experience!!!
Great experience, our Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Meeting location direction / ticket redemption was confusing but at the end it worked out. Very enjoyable experience!
Yan_Z, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
Professional and enjoyable
Megan_B, May 2022
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Was told upon arrival we needed to be at the pickup area twenty minutes prior to our scheduled tour, even though the confirmation e-mail did not include that information and we were on-site ten minutes early. As opposed to canceling our reservation, the company rescheduled our tour an hour later. They were courteous and professional despite the frustrating situation. Our guide, Rudy, was delightful and made our tour a wonderful experience. FFP2/N95/KN95 masks are required.
star-5
Wonderful!
Denine_C, May 2022
Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Wonderful tour! I highly recommend this tour! Exceeded my expectations! Your guide took the extra time to tour extra places!
star-5
Awesome
Barbara_T, May 2022
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Was a great tour! Lots of info and great tour. Antonio was awesome. Keep the tour going and showed us where to go once he sent us free on our own. Highly recommend him!
star-4
Well worth it
Robert_W, May 2022
Semi PVT tour - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel with Raphael rooms
Guisepe was a wonderful guide... knowledgeable, fun and patient. The highlight of course was the Sistine Chapel but there were a number of surprises along the way to make it a fun afternoon.
star-4
Nice tour thanks to our guide eddy
Danielle_R, May 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museum + Sistine Chapel Tour or Ticket with Raphael Rooms
Thanks to eddy we learned a lot about how it was build. Especially the information how Leonardo da vinci painted the chapel
star-5
Our guide (Lucinda??) was...
Roslyn_S, May 2022
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide (Lucinda??) was really good - told us what we needed to know re logistics/protocol & also had a great way of relaying the history aspect. Really enjoyed the 1/2 day trip & very glad we paid the money.
star-5
Great experience
Sharon_W, May 2022
Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms Guided Tour
The lady was very kind and extremely knowledgeable. She was able to answer all of our questions dealing with the art and the buildings. She also spoke English very well and was easy to understand.
star-5
Thomas was awesome!!
Todd_M, Apr 2022
Fast Access Vatican Raphael Rooms Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica guided Tour
Our tour guide Thomas was amazing. His background in archaeology brought a fascinating perspective to the tour and his friendly and humorous demeanor made the entire experience informative, comfortable, and fun. He was excellent!!
star-5
Worth the extra $
John_R, Apr 2022
Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms Guided Tour
Getting the history and Seeing the Sisteen chapel. We saw everything in a time managed way. Very helpful tour guide.
star-5
Amazing!
Daryan_S, May 2022
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Lovely guide, we saw and learned a lot! Fast moving and efficient and Ben though it was so busy! The guys at where we got the actual tickets we’re helpful and understanding when we were late!
star-5
Best tour guide
Greg_A, Apr 2022
Fast Access Vatican Raphael Rooms Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica guided Tour
Wow! My wife and I learned so much from Massimiliano. He took time to answer all our questions and went into detail on all aspects of the tour. Highly recommended
star-5
I would highly recommend
Kristin_P, May 2022
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
This was an incredibly informative tour! I had a great time learning not only the history of the Vatican, but Rome itself!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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