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

Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)

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39,363 Reviews
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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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
$58.40 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Such a beautiful way to experience the vatican
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.
Abbey_D, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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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.
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Unforgettable Experience
Susan_C, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
What a wonderful tour! Frederico was so knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican and the various collections. His passion for the art and history made our experience unforgettable.
star-5
Excellent tour
William_M, Sep 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Tara (I believe it was her name) was excellent. She is extremely knowledgeable and articulates the history of the art work with passion and interest. Thank you for a memorable tour.
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Wonderful Tour
Samir, Aug 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Marcius was an incredible guide with so much passion. He gave fantastic details and made the experience truly remarkable. Highly recommend!
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Must do tour
Kostas_S, Aug 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Great tour. Very knowledgeable and interesting tour. Must go if you happen to be in Rome or in Italy
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Incredible!
cassiesboss, 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!
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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.
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Amazing
Tamer_A, Aug 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Maria the Tour guide was amazing Just pass her my greeting ( the Egyptian Pharo) Everything was organized
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Five stars!!! Highly recommended!
Mel, Aug 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Five stars!!! Highly recommended! Patricia is the best Vatican Museum tour guide!!! Thank you very much!
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Skip the Line and Laugh, too.
Hunter_and_Merranda, Jul 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide was a hoot and very knowledgeable about what we were viewing along the tour. The skip the line part was very helpful, too, otherwise we would have waited for hours to see everything.
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Vatican Museum Spanish tour
Laura_D, Jul 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our tour in Spanish was amazing! Maribel was so sweet and so knowledgeable on everything in the Vatican museum. Make sure you bring a fan and some water for the summer heat. Highly recommend!
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Vatican tour
Dmitri_K, Jul 2021
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide “the archeologist” :-) was excellent! Very knowledgeable and articulate, easy to follow and understand, perfect English. Highly recommend.

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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