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Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) Tours and Activities

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Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) are four interconnected halls inside the Vatican Museums, each decorated with sumptuous frescoes by painter Raphael (1483–1520). These High Renaissance masterpieces are second in fame and beauty only to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the whole of the enormous Vatican collection.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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). 
Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, Lazio 00120, Italy
Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
Admission: Requires ticket to the Vatican Museums
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Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

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Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights. Your final stop is at the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica.
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GOOD MORNING VATICAN- Early Entry of the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters

GOOD MORNING VATICAN- Early Entry of the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters

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Bypass the usual crowds during this special, early-morning tour of the Vatican Museums, and enter the world-renowned galleries one hour before the general public. Skip-the-line guided tours include breakfast and access to St. Peter's Basilica. Group sizes are capped at only 12 participants, guaranteeing you intimate access to the Vatican's most iconic masterworks, including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes, with a fraction of the crowds.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

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Visit the Vatican without the crowds on a private early-bird tour and enter the Vatican Museums before the complex opens to the general public. Enjoy an exclusive exploration of world-renowned art by Renaissance masters, visit the Sistine Chapel, and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the museums, without waiting in the main line. Upgrade for a prime version with even earlier priority access, including the Raphael Rooms.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

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See the highlights of Vatican City ON this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Admire the Raphael Rooms and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, a work of art in itself.
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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel

Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel

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See the Sistine Chapel without the crowds on this small-group tour of the Vatican Museum’s highlights and St. Peter’s Basilica (except Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed due to papal audiences.) Tour the Sistine Chapel, get skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica, and learn about the Vatican’s fascinating art, history, and architecture, with a personal headset so you can hear every word of the guide's stories.
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Vatican Highlights Tour - Skip the Line Entry - Small Group of 12

Vatican Highlights Tour - Skip the Line Entry - Small Group of 12

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Save time in the smallest country in the world with priority access tickets to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This hassle-free tour take you to some of the Vatican's must-see sights. Rather than get lost in the enormous churches and museums, your guide picks the best sights for you to see.
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Private Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & Museums Fast Access plus Hotel Pickup

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Avoid the queues with our private 3-hour Vatican tour, accompanied by a local guide.  You will visit the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and other noteworthy venues.  Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. Your guide will tell you  something of the history of these fascinating places as you meander through these wonderful buildings, drinking in the atmosphere.
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Semi private Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s & Papal Tombs with Raphael rooms Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a semi-private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Papal Tombs in a small group tour. Skip the line to spend more time admiring the artistic masterpieces of the papal collection and explore one of the world’s most iconic churches. Learn from your guide about the rich significance of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Admire the iconic art of Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and other legendary artists • Discover the beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica and the fascinating tombs beneath • Enrich your knowledge with a semi-private guide in the language of your choice • Beat the queues with skip-the-line access to all the key sites
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Complete Early Morning Vatican Tour: Small Group with Breakfast in our Office

Complete Early Morning Vatican Tour: Small Group with Breakfast in our Office

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The Vatican Museums attract millions of visitors every year and have the crowds and lines to match. On this tour, avoid the crowds by visiting the Sistine Chapel before they arrive, and take a carefully-crafted tour of the rest of the museums. Since you get an early start, breakfast at the tour operator’s office is included.
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Rome in a Day Semi-Private Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and Virtual Reality

Rome in a Day Semi-Private Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and Virtual Reality

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See the highlights of the Vatican and Ancient Rome in one history- and art-filled day during this small-group walking tour that includes priority entry to some of the city’s most visited sites. With skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, you’ll jump the queue at this ancient amphitheater, and then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Pass by the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, and end your tour in Vatican City for skip-the-line admission to the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel and other Renaissance masterpieces. Numbers are limited to just six people.
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Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

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If you’re in Rome between May and October, don’t miss this Vatican night tour, which takes place only on Fridays. With a knowledgeable guide, skip the long access lines at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night, purchase your ticket, and head inside to admire the revered collection of art without the larger daytime crowds. Visit the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms, and see the Michelangelo masterpieces that cover the Sistine Chapel’s famous frescoed ceiling.
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Exclusive Private Vatican Sistine Chapel Tour St. Peter Basilica w Hotel Pick Up

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Experience the best that the Vatican City has to offer on this wonderful three hour tour, accompanied by an expert guide. Pre-booked tickets included with this tour ensure no time will be wasted in long entrance queues before you begin to explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and more! Throughout the tour, you’ll hear about the history of these renowned religious sites from your guide, as well as learn more about some of the masterpieces which can be found inside.
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Private Vatican Tour: VIP Experience

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Discover the figures, the technique and the meaning of the frescoes created in 4 years of Michelangelo's timeless passion on our Sistine Chapel tour. Find out more about Julius II, the pope who commissioned his works. Wander through Raphael's rooms as you let our expert guide reveal the mysteries and insights of the depicted characters. Discover how the church's admiration for art has led to such a vast collection of treasures in the Vatican Museums recovered from underground after years of neglect. Skip the queues and find yourself inside St Peter's Basilica where you will be able to contemplate the long history of Christian faith and be moved by Michelangelo's world famous sculpture, Pietà.
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Vatican By Night with access to the Cabinet of the Masks Small Group Tour

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Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with special evening admission. The Vatican’s summer crowds can be overwhelming, but with this tour you’ll have the unique opportunity of touring the museum after hours and without the daytime crowds. You’ll you see all the main highlights plus you’ll learn about the history and significance of the Vatican collections from your guide.
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Early Tour: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica

Early Tour: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica

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Be mesmerized by the artistic treasures of the Vatican in silence and peace before the throngs of daytime visitors arrive. After starting the day with a traditional Italian breakfast (if option selected), enter the Vatican Museums 1 hour before they open to the public. Admire world-famous attractions including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel while your guide shares the stories behind the art. You’ll also skip the long line to step inside the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Tour size is limited for a more personalized experience.
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Rome in 2 Days Tour with Forum Colosseum Trevi Fountain Vatican & Sistine Chapel

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Join on this 2 day tour with your own private guide.  Day one you walk around Rome and see some of the city’s highlights; the Coliseum (including the inside) the Roman Forum, Il Vottoriano, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.  Day two you visit Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square (all entrance fees included).
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Before Opening Vatican Experience: VIP Access for a True Small-group Tour

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The Vatican Museums is one of the most visited attractions in the world, and the daytime crowds can be daunting. With this exclusive early-access tour, savor the collections with a small group before the galleries open to the general public to avoid the throngs. Skip past the line at the entrance with fast-track tickets and admire works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and others with a guide for insights into their history and significance.
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Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms

Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms

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Experience some of Rome’s most important artistic and spiritual attractions with a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with priority access and see highlights of the Vatican Museum’s immense collection while your guide shares the legends behind the masterpieces. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and skip the long lines to enter the heart of the papacy at St Peter’s Basilica.
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