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Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

Address: Via Sassetti 1 | Second Floor, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 2645033
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Acclaimed since 1996 for our great guides and tours, we offer the...
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Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Having been Blessed to travel the world, this Artviva wine tour was perfectly orchestrated with fun couples, two enthusiastic (handsome!) and knowledgeable young men, and a fabulous lunch at the vineyard. Everything was exceptional!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My husband and I visited Florence at the end of January. We spent a day doing two private Artvivia tours. In the morning, we did a walking tour with Elizabetta - fabulous!! We learned so much about the history of Florence, the Medici and the Catholic church - it was absolutely fascinating. We spent hours walking around side streets learning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I hired private tour guides to show my family around Florence and Venice when we first arrived in each city. In my opinion, this was one of my best travel planning decisions of all time! Our group was comprised of my parents (in their sixties), my husband and I (in our forties) and our sons (11 & 14), so I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

On a day trip from Rome we had four hours after seeing The David and had arranged a walking tour for our family: fifteen and twelve year old boys. We had a wonderful tour and guide, attentive to flagging interests, knowledgeable without being showy, and altogether a really wonderful tour. Florence is such a nice city and contrast from Rome.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

OK, granted my standards are higher than most bc I have an MA in Med/Renn Studies from Columbia. Somewhere about an hour into the tour after a 10 minute discussion about how to barter for "real Italian leather" vs fake after a lecture on gelato with a woman who bore a remarkable resemblance to "Mama June" from "Honey Boo-Boo," I... More 

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We are surprised that a man of your intellect watches a show called “Honey Boo Boo”. Still, it’s not very nice to judge people on their appearances, nor to call people names. Brenda is one of our most highly-rated guides who receives a bevy of 5-star reviews. A quick search for Brenda and ArtViva will prove this. One of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We did the Florence Walking Tour with Klaas and it was fun and informative. Klaas is enthusiastic and knowledgeable and his energetic tour was well worth it. Even though we were staying in the heart of Florence we had little idea of how much Renaissance surrounded us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We had 2 different tour guides and both were excellent - Brenda did our walking tour of Florence - and provided the next best thing to time travel - to be able to get a sense of living in 14th/15th century Florence. She also recommended a great restaurant for dinner - il profet - that topped an excellent day. Second... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Artviva enabled my husband and I to become immersed in Florence culture for our one day visit from Rome. We absolutely loved the Walking Tour of Florence led by Brenda. She had a contagious enthusiasm for her city and was equally as knowledgeable. Our time at the Uffizi and Accademia were wonderful and although this was an extremely long day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I booked all my travel over the web. We had no issues. Since it was a low season group was just 3 people. On a company web site they stay that it needed 4 person min to run a tour that got me worried. But they assured me in e-mail that tour will go on even if it will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We arrived late and joined the tour about 30 minutes in and didn't regret waiting for the tour the next day. Though it rained for most of the tour, we didn't mind it much as we were hypnotized by the fascinating,and funny stories our guide was sharing. A huge perk to me is she was British, which goes really far... More 

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