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Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

Via Sassetti 1 | Second Floor, 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 2645033
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Ranked #20 of 279 activities in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Acclaimed since 1996 for our great guides and tours, we offer the original, small-group Best of Tuscany tour, as well as wonderful guided tours of... more » Owner description: Acclaimed since 1996 for our great guides and tours, we offer the original, small-group Best of Tuscany tour, as well as wonderful guided tours of Florence, Venice, Rome and the Cinque Terre. Our tours are high-quality, entertaining, informative and fun! We love sharing Italy on a more personal level and with our small group sizes, we refuse to make you feel like a tourist. Our highly-qualified guides are passionate, have a sense of humour and enjoy bringing history to life. They include historians, aristocrats, wine makers, art sleuths, well-known journalists, guide writers, as well as talented artists and authors. What’s more, we are an ASTA approved, fully-licensed tour operator. We promise we are anything but ordinary, and we guarantee we are the Original & Best. « less
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healinginfluence
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I signed up and paid for four tours before leaving home. One tour was cancelled at the last minute with very little communication. The company knew earlier the trip was unlikely to go but was reluctant to cancel in case additional people signed up. The company thought of themselves first rather than the needs of the customer. When they finally... More

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I was in Florence last year and went on 3 tours. This year I am back again with my 13 year old granddaughter. I contacted Celeste and asked her to organise some tours for us. She was fantastic. She kindly sent me the outlines for some tours that she felt were just right for us. Having now done the tours... More

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montreal
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

An absolute must!!! You get to cover all the major points of interest and with Kane you get some humour added in!!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of spending a day in Florence with Artviva's excellent and knowledgeable guides! It was my daughter's first time in Florence and the amount of history and local information we both absorbed were just enough not to be overwhelmed. Kudos to the professional tour guides as well as to Jade, who literally ran... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife and I recently had the privilege of spending time with Angelo through Artviva Tours in Florence. Angelo is an archaeologist by trade but clearly extremely well studied in a number of disciplines. The few hours we spent with him were the highlight of my trip to Italy. His mastery of the history, art, and influences of Florence were... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We booked a Best of Tuscany Tour with Artviva to celebrate the birthday of our friend who was visiting Italy with us. It was absolutely exhilarating! The staff at Artviva Offices, Celeste, were very accommodating and helpful. Our tour guide Adrienne and our driver Carlo were both very nice people too. Adrienne was very knowledgeable about the places we visited... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I arrived in Florence on my own with no plan and 6 days to spend there. I looked at a number of brochures and nothing appealed. Then I checked out the Artviva brochure and it just sounded right. I ended up doing the Walking Tour (Kane), The Uffizi gallery with the Vasari Corridor (a highlight) (Elizabette), the Acadamia with Liz... More

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Burlingame, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Jo hit the perfect balance between historical facts, art history wisdom, and interesting tidbits about the artists and their patrons. She toured us through the Uffizzi efficiently, and we were able to see all of the artwork clearly and closeup despite the crowds. She was respectful, however, of others in the museum. She was engaging and personable, I would highly... More

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our guide was Hilde, a wonderful, knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humor. I have found that a good tour adds enormous value to a vacation, and this was a great tour. Not your typical touristy tours where everything is "wonderful" and "unique", like bad pastry with too much sugar and a conveyor belt taste.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

All three of my tours, including the Walking Tour, were terrific. The guides are knowledgeable, articulate, engaging, and enthusiastic. The tours are well thought-out. I loved this walking tour. My only "disappointment" was that, although we did tour Il Duomo, we had to climb the dome separate from the tour, but this was not any real problem.

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