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Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

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Address: Via Dei Sassetti 1 | Second Floor, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 2645033
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Acclaimed since 1996 for our great guides and tours, we offer the original,...

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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'The original Florence walk' - the BEST!!

WOW! What a knowledgable friendly tour we had in Florence today with Sylvia!! This is my 3rd time in Florence and I absolutely should have done this tour the first time! It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

WOW! What a knowledgable friendly tour we had in Florence today with Sylvia!! This is my 3rd time in Florence and I absolutely should have done this tour the first time! It opened up the quirks, curiosities and history of the city in a most interesting manner. It made me thirsty for more!! I now look at things with renewed... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I had the pleasure of taking a Florence Walking Tour with Kate, and a Cinque Terre day tour with Marissa. Both tours were very enjoyable and highly informative. We highly recommend these tours when you visit Florence.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did a package of 5 tours and our guides were AMAZING! They were fun and knowledgeable. Do yourself a favor and buy the package of tours. You will not regret it. We did 1) Florence city your 2) Ufizi gallery and 3) Michaelangelo david 4) Sienna and wine tasting 5) Tuscany bike tour. Our wonderful guides were Marissa, Kain,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The crowds in the Uffizi gallery could be intimidating but our guide led our small group effortlessly through the many rooms. We learnt about the history of Florence through the artworks. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and clearly a scholar on Italian art history. A fantastic experience and would definitely recommend.

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

It is no easy feat to be such an extremely knowledgeable scholar and have the ability to bring this history to life as our wonderful guides do! We're thrilled to read your glowing review of your time with us. Thank you! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide was Tatyana. A lovey young woman who speaks several languages. Her retelling of Italian history was lively, full of detail and great narratives. My only concern with Artviva, the company. They do not provide bathrooms or water. Further, they have an elevator to get to the offices, provided that the last person to use the elevator has remembered... More 

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

We are happy to read how much you enjoyed your time on our tour! It is thus unfortunate that despite an excellent tour review, you penalise us on our office facilities. Whilst most companies meet out on the streets (where clients would not expect them to provide restrooms but would ask to be directed to one), we greet our clients... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a great tour - on time and exactly as we had booked. A real flavour of Florence in just 3 hours or so, together with a viewing of Michaelangelo's David in the Academia - stunning. Kate our guide was very informative and entertaining, would highly recommend her and this tour, especially good at the start of a stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the bike tour around Tuscany and had a great day, our host Marissa was incredibly knowledgable and friendly and made the tour special and memorable for us. We enjoyed tasting the local wine and olive oil. We would definitely recommend taking the option of a swim at the estate (we didn't select it and regretted it, particularly due... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would thoroughly recommend this tour. Spent a wonderful 3 hours learning about the city of Florence from a great guide call Kane. It was obvious from the start that He had a great passion for the city and the way he spoke about events really brought things to life. Downside is now I want to know everything about the Medici

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That is exactly the problem when you have amazing tour guides: they can turn boring history facts into fascinating adventures you never want to stop hearing about! Your new-found love for the Medici family is not such a bad thing after all: you'll surely be able to find plenty of information about one of the most famous dynasty in history! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the Original Walking Tour of Florence through Artviva, and Cate was our tour guide. Starting at 9:30 was a great choice to avoid the heat of the day, and Cate was a great tour guide! Her art history studies shone through her commentary and we saw several cool stops that I would not have seen otherwise. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Florence for 5 days and paticipated in Artviva "Best of Tuscany Tour" with Giuseppe, "Walking tour of Florence" with Nate, and "Uffizi Tour" with Laura. All 3 tours greatly exceeded our expectations. All three guides are extremely knowledgable and great communicators. At no time did we lose interest. We highly recommend Artviva Tours, especially w/Giuseppe, Nate and... More 

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