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Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

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Address: Via Sassetti 1 | Second Floor, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 2645033
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Description: Acclaimed since 1996 for our great guides and tours, we offer the...
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.
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A wonderful way to experience Florence's art and architecture.

We booked an introductory walking tour of Florence on our first day and it was a real treat! Kate, our guide, gave us an in-depth insight into the historical background to this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Florence Pass|Discounts on tours, airport transport and meals at select Florence restaurants
Accademia Gallery
Accademia Gallery
Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo
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Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We booked an introductory walking tour of Florence on our first day and it was a real treat! Kate, our guide, gave us an in-depth insight into the historical background to this beautiful city as well as sharing some wonderful stories about the smaller details which can easily be overlooked to the untrained eye. On Kate's tour of the city,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent female guide. I wish I could remember her name. We learned so much in 3 hours. She was interesting, funny, full of information and passionate about her city. No hesitation at all recommending this tour to anyone. We feel like we received a tremendous value for our money.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Even if you know art or even Florence, this is the best choice you can make. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3 tours we did and we learnt so much that we could never have learnt from guide books. We did the walking tour, the Uffizzi and the David museum and I can honestly that as a complete philistine about art... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I wish I could remember the name of the man who was our tour guide (our tour was the afternoon of April 8th). He was excellent! He brought us through the Uffizi and was so knowledgeable about the important pieces of art. He engaged the group by asking us questions throughout the tour. He was interested in our perspective on... More 

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Manalapan, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Our family took Original Florence Tour with Artviva on our spring break vacation to Italy. Our guide was excellent , knowledgeable, perfect English, funny, absolutely not boring. We all liked our tour very much, even it is pretty difficult to impress teenagers ( our 2 daughters - 16 and 13). Specially I liked that our guide told us a lot... More 

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

Our guides certainly are expert at keeping even our younger guests entertained. That's not such an easy task for a 3-hour tour covering some 2000 years of history! Thank you for your recommendation. More 

Davis, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took the Original Florence Walking tour with Kane. We've been on many other walking tours, in several countries, but this is the best. Kane has an in depth knowledge of the history of Florence & communicates this history in an engaging way by telling stories. The history of this fascinating city comes alive through him. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I did the three-hour walking tour of Florence and it was a perfect introduction to the city on our first day there. The time flew by and we learnt a great deal about Florence's history, art and politics from our very knowledgable tour guide. Having done a few group walking tours of different cities now, there were... More 

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

All of us here love our city and do try to be considerate so as to maintain the very aspects that make it such a marvellous city. It's nice of you to have noticed this, along with how engaging our guide was. We appreciate that greatly. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Based on a friend's recommendation and good reviews in the Rick Steve's book, we booked two tours through Artviva. Our first tour was the walking tour of Florence and we had Brenda as our guide. We thoroughly enjoyed her knowledge of Florence (past and present) and bubbly personality. Brenda spoke perfect English (not all guides do) and thus was easy... More 

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

You make a very good point that not all guides in Italy speak great English, which is why we pride ourselves on only having excellent - if not native - English speakers for all our tours. It's great that you have left Florence with a new appreciation after having done tours with us! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Florence wouldn't have been the same without this tour! We had such a wonderful experience. We were guided by Klaus who was an absolute pleasure! He is so knowledgable and had such informative and interesting comments to add to the amazing artwork! We loved this tour! This is a must!!

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Portland, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My adult children and I took a walking tour of Florence and also visited the Academia with Artviva. I'm happy we did so, yet I also thought each tour could have been better. The city tour guide provided a lot of information about individual buildings and sculptures, but there was no overview, no "story" about Florentine history. The Academia tour... More 

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

We are pleased you are happy to have done tours with us. If we recall correctly, after having done the Florence Walk in the morning, your family then came back in the afternoon to reserve the Accademia Tour so we are particularly surprised about your comments. The Florence Walk begins with an overview of Florence’s history before then expounding on... More 

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