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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 #23 of 282 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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Bloomington, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My husband and I love to travel and to visit museums when we do. We were very excited to see the Uffizi gallery. I must be honest and tell you that our guide was very knowledgeable about art. However, we were interested in the stories behind the art, not the way the brush moved on canvas. We would enter a... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The reviews are all right! Artviva is a first-class company with outstanding tours for people of all ages! This was our first trip to Florence and we had our two teenage daughters with us (17 and 13). I was nervous they would be bored or not engaged in the tour. Brenda our tour-guide was incredible. She is so passionate about... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very glad we did these tours (Florence in one day). Kane was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide and went out of his way to tell full stories in an entertaining and contextual way. The story of the Pazzi conspiracy was a definite highlight. Cutting the lines also would have saved us a lot of time. Cheers Kane!

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Milford, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We took the Tuscany day trip of 9 hours to 3 different towns and a lunch at a working farm/vineyards, the experiences were great and our guide very charming. We were to meet at 8 am in Florence on the third floor of a building in the art viva office. After climbing 3 long flights and in preparation of our... More

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Artviva, Manager at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy, responded to this review

We are sorry to see so much focus on the use of a bathroom after you having spent a wonderful day out in the splendid Tuscan countryside. It is good to hear however that you found the rest of the day to be so charming so thank you for your kind words about the tour experience with us. Most tour... More

Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We did the One Glorious Day in Flourence. Which is actually three tours booked at one time. The three tours are: The Original Florence Walk Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour The Original David Tour - Accademia Museum Visit Our tourguide for the first tour was Kane and for the 2nd two were Brenda. Both of them were fantastic. They... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I did three tours in one day as my stay in Florence was short yet still wanted to get everything in. All three were through artviva and all the tour guides were very nice, knowledgable and a pleasure to be around. The only thing I was very disappointed with was on the walking tour we were supposed to go in... More

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Artviva, Manager at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy, responded to this review

We very much appreciate you having taken the time to write about your experience with us and are pleased you so enjoyed our guides. It is unfortunate you were expecting to enter the Duomo as we clearly explain on our site and in our brochure that we cannot enter during Sunday mass. You chose to join us on a Sunday... More

Denver, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Like most travelers, we took some day tours while in Italy. By far our favorite was the walking tour of Florence, around the ancient city center. Our tour guide was Brenda, who was definitely the best guide we had in our many tours. Her knowledge of the city and her love of this region of Italy really made it come... More

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was the perfect way to see Florence! Our visit to see 'David' with Kane was fantastic and his knowledge really allowed us to have a greater appreciation of this amazing sculpture! On our visit to the Ufizzi with Cate we also got a special experience and her style was warm and welcoming. Without Cate we wouldn't have appreciated the... More

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Sunriver, Oregon, United States
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My wife and I went on, the Walking Tour of Florence, the Masterpieces (Uffizi with the Vasari Walk) and the Academia (David) tours. All three were wonderful. Our guides, Kate for Walking and Academia and Elizabetha for Uffizi/Vasari, were extremely knowledgeable without be boring. They had both serious and fun information in all areas. They both also seemed to know... More

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband and I took our 4 kids (18, 16, 13, 9) to Florence for 3 days to kick off an Italy/Greece vacation. Never having been to Florence, we wanted a tour that gave us a good overview of the city and its history. We did the Florence in 1 Glorious Day (or 2) Artviva tour. It was split into... More

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Artviva, Manager at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy, responded to this review

It is always wonderful to hear that our guides keep even younger group members so entertained! Our guides actually came back from the tours you were on with great compliments about how interested and interesting your children had been throughout the tours. So thank you very much not only for having joined us, but for also this great write-up about... More

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