The Papal Apartments ★★

The Vatican's Papal Apartments are amazing spaces, those of Julius II and Leo X frescoed by Raphael, and those of Alexander VI frescoed by Pinturicchio

Vatican Museums—Papal Apartments ★★
Viale Vaticano (on the north side of the Vatican City walls, between where Via Santamaura and the Via Tunisi staircase hit Viale Vaticano; about a 5–10 minute walk around the walls from St. Peter's).
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The Stanza della Segnatura in Rome's Vatican, frescoed by Raphael
The "Raphael Rooms" of the Vatican.
No, you can't visit Benedict's private quarters—but those of some past popes are open to visitors.

Even a quickie tour through the Vatican Museums will dip into several past Papal apartment suites.

Two of the papal suites really stand out (plus one private chapel once used by a pope):


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This article was written by Reid Bramblett and was last updated in May 2013. All information was accurate at the time.

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