Raffaele Lauro was born in Sorrento, from Luigi and Angela Aiello, after the elder brothers Luigi and Aniello and before the younger one Giuseppe. In his youth, to provide studies, he worked as a receptionist in hotels in the Sorrento Peninsula.
He attended high school in Sorrento, at the Sant'Anna Institute, graduating with honors and reporting of the Commission.
After high school, he continued his studies at the University of Naples "Federico II". At the University of Naples he got three degrees: in Political Science, cum laude, with a thesis on the history of Afro-Asian countries': "Political and economic reflections of the Vietnam War"; in Law, cum laude, with a thesis in International Law, "International Law and German post-Kantian philosophy"and later in Economics, cum laude, with a degree in Theory and Techniques of Trading Market "The mutual funds: Perspectives on the Italian market."
In 1968 he won a scholarship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and during the next four years, he first attended courses at the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then he studied foreign policy, in Paris, at the Documentation Française.