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no matter who you are; history buff, art-lover, family with young kids, we have a tour for you…

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What a Life Tours

Whether you have family roots here or just want to soak in the alluring mystique and history of Rome, no other Italian tour operators can make the city come alive the way we can. When you choose our tours by locals in Italy, you get the most authentic encounter possible. Take in Rome’s world-famous art, architecture, culture, and cuisine the way they were meant to be experienced with one of the leading Rome tour guide companies.

Why choose What a Life Tours?

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We are proud to be the #1 ranked Vatican Tour company on TripAdvisor. We have 4446 reviews (and counting!) and 95% of our customers awarded us the maximum 5-star rating. Our commitment to quality shows in the number of the excellent feedback we are receiving. Thank you!

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Only the Best

We go through rigorous assessments to secure Italy’s best tour guides for our customers. All our guides are mother-tongue professionals and fully licensed by the Vatican and Colosseum. We know each guide personally, and that they’ll offer you the amazing insight each tour deserves.

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Officially Small!

We are one of the best tour companies in Rome, Italy, because we offer so many different ways to see the city and surrounding locales. Travel the area in a small group or receive a personal tour. There’s something for everyone, and no matter what destination you select, you will experience it to the full.

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Real Reviews from People Like You!

What Our Customers Say…

Early Entry Tour SO worth it!

Elaine was AMAZING!!! She was very funny and great with kids as well as beyond knowledgable!!! She was able to answer every question and was super kind! We really enjoyed her prep talk about the Sistine Chapel and we knew exactly what we were looking at!!!! Highly recommend the tour!!! We had no crowds inside!!!!

- Sharon V. 27 Jun 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

Fantastic VIP Tour

We totally enjoyed our early morning tour with Elaine. From the start with complimentary coffee and pastries to the front of the line status. Elaine made the tour fact filled yet lively. We were always a step ahead of the crowds.

- Jeff A. 26 Jun 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

Top notch! Loved it!

The entire staff were amazing! Espressos made to order. We were in a small group with Giuliano - very intelligent, personable and knowledgeable. Best tour guide we’ve had! First class organization. Look no further, this is the tour company you want. Believe me, as I am selective and these guys were exceptional.

- Steven M. 22 Jun 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

Even the Pope would enjoy this tour!!

Unbelievable tour! Our guide, Giuliano, was outstanding. His knowledge and mannerisms were so impressive. Our tour lasted roughly 3 hours, during which we were completely engaged. My wife and I loved every minute of this tour.

- Connor S. 4Jul 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

What every tourist wants!

As the title suggests, this was a great tour and the awards for What a Life are well deserved. The office was welcoming even for early arrivals like us, breakfast was just right, and the staff was friendly, even before sunrise!  Being at the front of the line for entry to the museum was priceless. We did this tour at the end of a vacation that included at least 9 other tours and tour guides, and Elaine was our favorite.

- Alan D 9 Jul 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

Best tour we did in Italy

Our guide was fantastic. He was passionate about the art, knowledgeable, and funny. I have a Master’s in Art History with a concentration in Italian Renaissance and I still learned a lot!

- Angel R 28 Jul 2021 Vatican Private Tour

Roman Food Experience

Loved this small-group walking tour. Our guide was so knowledgable about the food, culture and sites that we saw along the way. Having a small group (6 in all) made it personable and gave us the opportunity to get acquainted. We would absolutely do it again and recommend to others.

- Angie S 9 Jun 2021 Rome Food Tour

Best Tour Ever!

Our guide Elaine provided us with a fantastic informative tour of the Vatican. The early access is highly recommended. You really do get in before the crowds. The breakfast was amazing and certainly kept us going through the tour. Highly recommend and will definitely return to see more of the Vatican, hopefully with Elaine as our guide as she was amazing.

- Antonia B. 1 Jul 2021 Vatican Early Access Tour

Matteo was great!

Exactly what you want for a small group tour! Great tour-mates (I think there were 8 people total). Captivating, passionate tour guide, and great access to the sites! Organized and efficient but with absolutely no rushing. Matteo is very knowledgeable and engaging; great to listen to!

- Kymberly 1 Jul 2021 Vatican Best-of-the-Best Tour

Excellent Tour!

Our guide Carlotta was excellent! Going underneath the “back stage” of the Colosseum was one of our most interesting tours! The information Carlotta gave was incredible. She really brought the Colosseum to life!

- Charlotte M 21 June 2021 Colosseum Underground Tour

Excellent Underground Colosseum Tour

We had Carlotta on our small group tour of 10. She is exceptional and so knowledgeable! She kept our group moving and made our tour a real learning experience. There were two young kids in our group and she was great with them. All in all I would definitely recommend this tour. They were good with communication, personable and fun.

- Barbara S. 23 Dec 2021 Colosseum Underground Tour