I recently visited both Venice and Florence and since I was going by myself, decided to book a couple of tours to get better acquainted with the cities. I wasn't able to make the bookings until just before my trip but this was no problem for ArtViva. Their website was easy to use and the staff was extremely responsive to my questions even going so far as to call my hotel to make sure I had received all the information.
In addition to having a fabulous administrative staff, ArtViva's guides are everything you could want in a guide: knowledgeable, funny and great storytellers-you can actually imagine what life in either of these two incredible cities might have been like.
While in Venice I took the Original Venice and Doge's Palace tours with Barbara. She was fantastic and very easy going. It was a small group which was good since it gave us more time for questions and pictures. She took time to answer all and included all the interesting tidbits about the St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace.
For Florence, I arrived in the afternoon and immediately went for the tour of the Accademia museum where Michelangelo's David is housed. Charles, our guide was super informative and insightful on both the life of Michelangelo and the politics and influences of the time. I really appreciated how he walked us around each side of David to take in the full magnificence of Michelangelo's creation. I also did the Uffizi Gallery tour with Klaas and the Original Florence walk while there. These tours were equally outstanding, packed with interesting information about the city and the important role art has played over its history.
All tours that Artviva have to offer are worth every penny. Would highly recommend!
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