Raphael's Rooms Tours

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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). 
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Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
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Admission: Requires ticket to the Vatican Museums
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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

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 your 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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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

Not many people can say they've spent time in the Sistine Chapel alone—until now. This first-ever experience, only available through Viator and TripAdvisor, grants you entry into the Vatican Museums with the clavigero (key keeper), a staff member with the privilege of opening the doors to the Vatican Museums and its galleries, at least an hour before standard early access tours. You and your small group get to see the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms as the lights are switched on—something never before witnessed by the public—and enjoy a rare guided visit inside the Sistine Chapel. Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard is an added bonus.
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

Unlock the mysteries of the Vatican on this popular 3-hour tour. Follow your guide on a carefully selected route through the Vatican Museum’s hundreds of sprawling rooms to see the most important pieces of this world-class art collection. Gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and then head underground to the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes and home to ancient relics. Enjoy priority access to bypass the crowds, including skip-the-line privileges to enter St Peter’s Basilica.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring 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. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

See the highlights of Vatican City with 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. Peruse the Gallery of Tapestries, admire the incredible sculptures with the Museo Pio Clementino 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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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Saver Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you’ll experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Vatican City with a guide and skip-the-line access, 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. The Entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
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First Entry Tickets to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel Tour

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary. At the end of the tour, gain direct entrance to the magnificent interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
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Private Tour: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Explore one of the world's biggest museums with a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums complex plus St Peter's Basilica. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines, and wander through the highlights of the 2,000 rooms and 9 miles (15 km) of hallways full of priceless art masterpieces.
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Semi-Private Full Day Tour with Early Entrance Vatican and Colosseum Underground

The Vatican is huge and can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. The lines at the Colosseum are long. The Forum can be a mystery. Which is why this small-group tour is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of their trip. Skip the line at the Colosseum. Visit the Sistine Chapel before the Vatican Museums open. Learn about the Roman Empire at the Forum. And visit the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, too. This is the real way to see Rome, in a group of just six.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Tour

Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided 3-hour tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide will lead you to ancient and Renaissance highlights including the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoön sculpture and, of course, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, and then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica. Group size is limited to 12 for a more intimate experience.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Spend three hours perusing some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world at the Vatican Museums on this guided tour. Skip the line to purchase your entrance tickets, and then admire artwork from Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo, among other greats. See the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel as you dive deep into the history and culture of past times.
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Skip the Line Vatican and Sistine Chapel Small-Group or Private Tour

When in Rome, don’t miss the awe-inspiring treasures of the Vatican. Head straight for the highlights of the immense Vatican Museum collection on a 3-hour tour led by an art historian guide. See masterpieces of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes inside the heart of the papacy at the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access and a small group for easier navigation.
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Full-Day, Small-Group Tour of Rome and the Vatican

Revel in the treasures of Rome and Vatican City on a full-day of exploration led by an expert guide. See remnants of ancient Rome including the legendary Colosseum, the Pantheon and the sprawling Roman Forum while hearing tales of gladiators and emperors, and admire Baroque Italian art at Piazza Navona. In the afternoon, explore holy highlights of Vatican City including the awe-inspiring Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Square. Tour size is limited for a more intimate small-group experience.
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Skip the Line Vatican Museums Walking Tour with German-Speaking Guide: Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica

This 3-hour Vatican walking tour with a German-speaking guide provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines — even the priority lines. Stroll through the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum complex, which boasts some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history. Listen to your guide’s expert commentary as you marvel at Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of the Maps and Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Upgrade to a private tour and customize the itinerary with personalized narration from your own private guide.
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Skip the Line Vatican Museums Walking Tour with French-Speaking Guide: Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica

This 3-hour Vatican walking tour with a French-speaking guide provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines — even the priority lines. Stroll through the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum complex, which boasts some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history. Listen to your guide’s expert commentary as you marvel at Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of the Maps and Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Upgrade to a private tour and customize the itinerary with personalized narration from your own private guide.
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Vatican City Walking Tour in Rome

Avoid the lines and wait times when visiting Vatican City on this guided walking tour. It includes must-see attractions like the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s work, and St. Peter's Basilica. (Please note that the Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintain a strict dress code year round.) Participants receive headphones to hear the guide clearly and enjoy fast-track entry into the sites.
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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour

Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums of Rome on a 3-hour tour with an expert guide. Venture to see one of the world's most renowned art collections and get an introduction to the Raphael Rooms, St Peter's Basilica, Gallery of Tapestries and Michelangelo’s stunning Sistine Chapel, including the Octagonal Courtyard. You’ll slip past the crowds and hear informative commentary from an art historian. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience; entrance fees not included.
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Early Entrance to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel including St Peter Basilica

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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Skip the Line: Vatican Tour including the Sisitine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Experience treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections and churches on a guided, 3-hour tour of Vatican City highlights. Avoid waiting in the long entrance queues with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, where an art historian guide will lead you directly to the sprawling galleries’ most important pieces, including Michelangelo's frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel. Admire the seat of the Holy See in St Peter’s Square, then step inside St Peter’s Basilica for an interior tour of the glittering spiritual icon.
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Best of Rome and Vatican - Skip all the Lines

Make the most of your time in Rome with this half-day, skip-the-line tour of two of the Eternal City’s most iconic attractions plus a guided visit to the Vatican. Step into a world of emperors and gladiators at the mighty Colosseum, and explore the sprawling ruins of the Roman Forum. After a break for lunch and leisure time, take a guided tour of Vatican City’s cultural treasures including St Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.
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Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

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, tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night, when you can 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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Semi-Private Full Day Tour of Colosseum and Vatican Museums with Virtual Reality

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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