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Overview

By Roman law, no building in Rome can be higher than the top of St. Peter's Basilica dome! Join a guided tour of the incredible art and architecture in Rome and see the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent dome, stretching to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani hills. You will also see expansive views of the entire Vatican City and gardens!

Meet your expert Art Historian guide on the threshold of St. Peter's Square and make your way across marble paving to the first steps which lead up to the top of Michelangelo's dome. There are 551 steep steps in total and of course this is too much exertion for most, so we take the elevator which cuts the step count by a sizable 171, leaving 380. We take our time and enjoy plenty of staircase breaks on the way around and up to the top of the dome!

At the summit, you will experience a once-in-a-lifetime view of the historical landmarks in all directions, be they in the Vatican City or the wider city of Rome. There are a great many so be prepared for detail (and selfies!). At this point, take as many photographs as you can, you're a very long way up and it's been a colossal climb so don't hold back!

Easy does it on the way down to terra firma and then rest awhile before entering St. Peter's Basilica, an absolute triumph of art and architecture unmatched anywhere else in the world, where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above Holy Papal tombs and the perceived necropolis of St. Peter himself.

After a morning packed with walking and climbing, enjoy a bit of a break and then be sure to bring your appetite for a food tour like no other! 10 Tastings is indeed BIG. You won't find a more fun or satisfying food experience in Rome!

Our foodie guides are strictly Roman and together they have compiled their favorite snack spots in the historic center. 10 Tastings criss-crosses the River Tiber in the early evening, when views in every direction are magnificent and food stops taken are in many of the most picturesque places in Rome. You can expect to relax and eat the best food Rome has to offer on piazzas, secluded side-streets, and riverside walks.

The foods you will eat are as distinctive by region as they are plentiful, as follows: suppli, calzone and pizza, pasta to share (cacio e pepe, carbonara or amatriciana), parmigiana, arrosticini and bruschetta, filetto baccalà, salami with a small glass of wine, ciambellina al vino, tiramisù, coffee and limoncello.

Join us on this 2-part adventure while we burn a few calories and then replenish them with 10 Tastings - Big Rome Food Walk and most importantly, Eat as the Romans Do!

KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK

Expert Vatican tour guide
Dome Climb: part staircase / part elevator!
Incredible views from the top!
Papal sarcophagi tour
St. Peter's Basilica tour
Born and bred Roman guide!
10 BIG tastings!
Enjoy!
Does NOT include St. Peter's Tomb / Scavi / Necropolis - please book separately through the Vatican
Not wheelchair accessible

Important Information

Remember to use promo code ROME2019 when you book this tour to get 10% off!
On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made.