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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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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Spectacular visit of the Uffizi, plus Vasari Corridor

After moving to Tuscany, we had the chance to visit most of its astonishing sites and enjoy the marvellous views here and there, but there was a place that somehow had always... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After moving to Tuscany, we had the chance to visit most of its astonishing sites and enjoy the marvellous views here and there, but there was a place that somehow had always eluded us: the Vasari Corridor, connecting the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace going over Ponte Vecchio on its way, mostly because of the many troubles it has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Uffizi is wonderful - an amazing collection and not over crowded once you are inside - much better than the Louvre or Hermitage in this respect. Kane gave us a very clear exposition of the development of the renaissance and explained the context of the paintings highlighted very well. I would strongly recommend this tour - we enjoyed the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Angelo, our guide, took us on an inspiring and beautiful tour of the center of Florence. With his wit and knowledge he opened our eyes to the city's history and beauty. Enjoy! Thanks Angelo!

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our tour guide, Klass, was wonderful! He was enthusiastic, entertaining and most importantly, eager to help us understand the hidden meanings in the great works of art we saw in the Uffitizi.

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Brenda gave us a wonderful walking tour of Florence! We are a couple in our 50s and neither one of us is a big "history buff" yet Brenda interspersed history with very interesting stories and facts to make the city come alive. We so enjoyed the tour and learned so much. Grazie molto!!!!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked the Original Florence Walk and we very much enjoyed this tour with our guide Brenda. She is extremely knowledgeable, energetic and personable, sharing her wealth of historical knowledge with our small group. The fact that we were provided with headsets was very helpful so that we could hear the guide's commentary even if we fell behind. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Brenda, our tour guide, was incredible! She made me understand and appreciate art for the first time in my life. When we planned our trip, I was least excited for this day. When I look back, it was the best day I had. The works of art and history we were able to experience left me with an entirely new... More 

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Thank you for your review! It's so satisfying for us to hear that we've managed to change your outlook completely into such a positive one - we're glad we were part of the best day you've had on your trip to Italy! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a 74-year-old woman who went with two (!) others on a walking tour of Florence with ArtViva's guide Tatjana. I don't know which I found more wonderful, the sights we saw or our guide, who was so knowledgeable and informative about all that we were seeing. The Accademia , the Duomo, various piazzas---so much incredible art, architecture and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an excellent experience with this tour company. We had wonderful guides which is what made the experience 5 stars - Giueseppe and Klaus (I think? tall Dutch fellow - my memory fails me!). Siena was the highlight of the best of tuscany tour - we found San Gimignano and Monteriggioni to be a too touristy for our tastes -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took the Sex, Drugs and the Renaissance Artviva walking tour in September. The group was small 7 people and our guide was Corina (I apologize if I've gotten the name wrong). the tour is a marvelous way to get a feel for the city, learn about the "untold" history of the renaissance, and see the neglected... More 

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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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