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Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

Florence, Italy
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About Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
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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Florentine Steak Experience

Eat the best steak in Florence! What's more, you'll join our Expert Chef in the kitchen and cook it yourself in this unique cooking class!

Learn about Italian Tuscan cuisine and how to prepare the best 'Bistecca Fiorentina' Steak to enjoy with a 3 course meal and Chianti wine. Have fun with our Italian chefs in a traditional trattoria and their professional kitchen.

We only use the highest quality ingredients and certified Chianina beef steak so you know you're getting authentic Italian food.

You'll discover the secret to true Italian cooking, local ingredients and what makes this steak so special.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $107.00

2-Hour Uffizi Gallery Tour

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the world’s top art museums, famous for its Renaissance masterworks, such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus. The ornate building, originally designed as offices, receives up to 10,000 visitors, on average, each day, resulting in packed entrance lines. On this exclusive, skip-the-line tour, you’ll breeze past the crowds and enter the museum directly for an in-depth guided visit.
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135 to 150 minutes
from $81.53

Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in Florence

Meet the artisans who are keeping Florence’s ancient craft traditions alive on a small-group shopping tour. Visit artisan workshops to see how traditional Italian and Florentine products like leather goods, marbled paper, and mosaics are made using methods passed down through the centuries. Browse quality handmade goods and pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take-home. 
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3 hours
from $99.08

Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour

With its many pedestrian-only streets and limited parking, Florence is best seen on a guided walking tour. With a guide on this tour, you’ll visit a mixture of landmarks (Brunelleschi’s Dome or Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower) and hidden gems, and discover secrets and scandals you'd likely miss if exploring independently. Plus, you’ll receive recommendations for the best places to eat, drink, and shop during your time in the city.
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3 hours
from $144.27

Michelangelo's David Tour

Discover the legends and legacy one of the world’s most famous works of art on a 1-hour tour devoted entirely to Michelangelo’s magnificent ‘David’ sculpture. On a visit to Florence’s Accademia Gallery, learn about the man behind the masterpiece, as well as the sculpture’s inspiration and commission during the peak of the Renaissance. Save time and beat the crowds with reserved entry into one of the city’s most popular museums.
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1 hour
from $56.45
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Sarah W wrote a review Sep 2020
Stuttgart, Germany119 contributions72 helpful votes
We found this tour on Artviva's website under "Grape Stomping Tour". the description for both tours are essentially the same. We had amazing time here! To see an up close video, check out my youtube channel, "Not Your Average Abroad" and look out for my video, Epic Trip Through Tuscany. Hope you enjoy your visit!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jaime B wrote a review Jun 2020
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Online Experience: Pizza Making Masterclass: I took this class and also my mother took it from her home. We enjoyed the nice Tuscan countryside setting and the rustic oven. The teacher and the presenter were friendly and the lesson clear and interesting. Booking and joining was very easy. We made the pizzas and they came out delightful. I have already recommended this masterclass to my daughters living in USA and Canada.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from ArtvivaManagement, Owner at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
Responded Jun 17, 2020
Thanks so much for your kind support. We hope to see you soon in Italy!
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WandanaM wrote a review Jun 2020
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions59 helpful votes
This Zoom "Tour" of Michelangelo's development into one of the renaissance geniuses was a true gem. The Sistine Chapel is, of course a high priority attraction for most tourists in Rome and the insights given by Dr Alan Pascuzzi are truly amazing. His depth of knowledge of fresco as an art form and of the most intricate details of Michelangelo's work are staggering. This was a truly memorable event. Many thanks to Rosa and the staff at Artviva and to Dr Pascuzzi.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from ArtvivaManagement, Owner at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
Responded Jun 17, 2020
Thanks so much. That's very kind of you. We hope you can make it to Italy soon.
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Leah V wrote a review Jun 2020
Ayr, Canada2 contributions
What a fantastic and fun international dance party!!! Pilot David tours us with wit and wise cracks across the world. Best travel option anywhere right now and maybe for some time. Thanks for the love you obviously invested in Dancing Around the World. This would make a great stay at home birthday gift experience. Great job Artviva!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from ArtvivaManagement, Owner at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
Responded Jun 17, 2020
Thanks so much. We always have fun with our wonderfully talented David doing our Dancing Around the World events. Hope to see you soon in Italy.
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Explore664651 wrote a review Jun 2020
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We have taken several tours with Artviva on previous trips to Italy and have been so impressed with their thoroughness, their organization and especially their tour guides, all of whom have been experts in their fields as well as sociable and engaging. We had hoped to take several more tours with Artviva this year, but our trip to Italy was understandably, but sadly, sidelined by the pandemic. So, instead, we took an Artviva online Zoom tour last week of the Vatican. It was different than being there, of course, but it was certainly as close as we will come this year—and every bit as informative and gratifying. As usual, our “tour guide” was exceptional (Dr. Chris Longhurst)—honestly, I am blown away by his knowledge of what seems like every corner of the Vatican museum and every inch of the artwork we saw. He has vast experience as a both a tour guide in the Vatican and about each of the art pieces through his studies and readily and generously shared this experience and knowledge. We learned about the history of the art pieces, what was happening in adjoining spaces at the time, as well as glimpses into the personalities of era (and the artist—with a focus on Raphael). Several people from Artviva joined the tour (at what was midnight, their time!) including Rose who kept us moving forward and asked the questions we might have asked in person. It was a wonderful afternoon (here in California) visit to the Vatican—time and money very well spent, and we are certainly going to take more online zoom tours with Artviva. We have enthusiastically recommended Artviva to friends who were supposed to travel to Italy—and we will continue to recommend them to others, now including the online zoom experiences.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from Artviva S, Owner at Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
Responded Jun 15, 2020
Thanks so much. It's been really difficult running a tour business here in Italy with Covid 19. We greatly appreciate your help, support and kind words. Hope to see you again soon!
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