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  • Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
  • Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
  • Admission: Requires ticket to the Vatican Museums

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Raphael's Rooms

Raphael's Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) are four interconnected rooms in the Vatican which have frescoes painted by the renowned Renaissance artist Raphael (1483 - 1520). These late Renaissance frescoes are the second-most famous in the Vatican's collection, only behind the fresco adorning the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

Raphael's themes for his frescoes were religion and politics; he often swapped portraits of the incumbent pope for the faces of important figures. Originally commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 1500s, the frescoes were patronized by Pope Leo X after Julius died in 1513. When Raphael also died in 1520, artists from his studio finished the paintings.

The 'Segnatura' room was the first to be decorated and contains Raphael's most famous painting, The School of Athens. The other rooms are known as 'Constantine', 'Heliodorus' and 'Fire in the Borgo'.

Practical Info

Raphael's Rooms are part of the Vatican Museums. Metro line A stops Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tramway 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or various buses. You can also walk from the centre of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and through the Piazza san Pietro for the most breathtaking approach, then head right towards Via Vaticano.

Note that, especially in summer, the entry queues to the Vatican can be very long, stretching around the block. Pre-booking a ticket (see the Tours & Tickets tab) can get around this and save you a lot of time.

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Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms, ... 
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Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 411 Reviews

See the Vatican like a VIP with a once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum’s secret rooms. The small-group tour gives ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $360.88
Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour, Rome, Viator VIP Tours
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes. ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.52
Skip the Line: Vatican Tour including the Sisitine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Cultural ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Tour including the Sisitine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

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Skip the line for a unique tour that will let you admire the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's Basilica.

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.00
Skip the Line: Vatican Tour including the Sisitine Chapel St Peter's Basilica and Pinacoteca, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Tour including the Sisitine Chapel St Peter's Basilica and Pinacoteca

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An amazing skip the line semi-private tour (max. 8 people) that adds the Pinacoteca (Vatican Art Gallery) to the classic itinerary, which includes Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.04
Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.59
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

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In this fantastic tour you will enjoy the highlights of the museum, and of course the remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety with your private Tour Guide.

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $311.67
Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Private ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - including skip-the-line ticket and entrance fee.

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.74
Early Entrance to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel including St Peter Basilica, Rome, ... 
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Early Entrance to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel including St Peter Basilica

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Enjoy an unforgettable morning with an early access 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Experience the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.21
Private Tour: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Enjoy this half-day tour of the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s largest museum complexes, with this skip-the-line 3-hour private tour. Learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.02

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