Gladiator's Gate




Gladiator's Gate

Rome, Vatican, Colosseum & Italy Tours


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Why You'll Love What a Life Tours...

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Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor Since 2011

See why we've been the #1 ranked Vatican Tour on TripAdvisor since 2011. Our commitment to quality and personal service shows in the number of 5-stars among our thousands of reviews.

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Passionate & Accredited Guides

Our secret is in the relationships we have with the best guides in Rome and the Vatican. We know each guide personally, and that they'll offer you the amazing insight each tour deserves.

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Commitment to Small Groups

Small group size is relative, but you'll get the real thing here. Most Vatican and Colosseum tours run at 12 guests max, and some Rome tours even less. You'll never feel like a number with us.

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Real Reviews from People Like You


What Our Customers Say...


An Inspiring tour of the Vatican

Our tour guide, Mario, had encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Rome, Vatican City, and the Museums, pointing out so many details about sculptures and works of art. He was great fun and really wanted us to make the most of our visit. Mario and the team far exceeded my high expectations, I highly recommend taking this tour if you want to deeply appreciate the Vatican's many wonders.

Vatican Tour - Amazing!

Had an amazing group tour of the Vatican with Carlotta today! The information she provided was second to none, and her awesome sense of humor only added to the whole experience. We would 100% recommend any tour with What A Life without hesitation.

As an added bonus, Carlotta shared her favorite restaurant she eats at with the group, which we then visited for lunch... the food was out of this world! A big thanks to both Carlotta and What A Life Tours for the outstanding experience! 

Could not ask for a better experience!!!

We did 3 tours with What A Life Tours (Early Vatican, Underground Rome, and Underground Colosseum). All 3 of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will not find a better way to see these sights! The small groups are the best part. We kept seeing groups of 30+ people, but with What A Life, there were 12 people max. If you are wondering if you should spend the money for these tours, I would say it is worth it without hesitation. Thank you Pips and staff. You helped make our vacation in Rome unforgettable!!!


Mario toured us through the Vatican and the Colosseum and was amazing. He is highly knowledgeable and tailored his tour for his audience perfectly. He was funny and informed and knew how to time everything, highly engaging. We would recommend him for sure!

You won’t be disappointed!

Wow! A wonderful tour and Carlotta was the perfect tour guide! She was easy to understand, answered all our questions and was very personable. I will certainly recommend Carlotta and What a Life tours to anyone visiting Rome!

What an experience!

Our tour with Ana for the Vatican Early Access Tour was amazing. We were treated to the best croissant I have ever tasted. Things only got better when Ana arrived and started our tour. She was so excited you would think this was her first visit to the Vatican. She was so knowledgeable and passionate. The museums are overwhelming but Ana showed us all the highlights. I definetely recommend What a Life Tours and Ana to anyone visiting Rome.

So amazing and informative!

There is no comparison to having a knowledgeable guide showing the sites and explaining the history. We had Carlotta on our Colosseum tour, who enriched us with her knowledge and love of the city, giving details that one would never know touring alone. I am a travel agent with Dream Vacations and will definitely recommend your company to my future clients.

Colossal Colosseum Tour!

This tour was the highlight of our time in Rome! I'm definitely glad we decided to do a guided tour because we got so much more out of the experience. Mario was very knowledgeable and fun - such a thought provoking, entertaining, and memorable experience. Bravo!!


We're so happy that we opted for the early access Vatican tour. Starting the tour before the Vatican is open to the public makes all of the difference. Our tour guide Elanie was extraordinary! She is so knowledgable and made our tour exceptional. She really knows her stuff and you can tell how much she enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Vatican and its history. Book this tour you won't be disappointed!!!!

Everything was amazing!

Entering the Vatican early and having someone experienced to move you along is a must. We were transported into another world by the extremely knowledgable Giuliano. His experience made it easy for our small group to navigate to areas where we were alone, could discuss what we were seeing and take it in without getting pushed along. It was such a relaxing tour. Thank you for making our Vatican experience unforgettable.