My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!
My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!
We cannot imagine any other way to visit the Uffizi than with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Angelo was both -- funny and smart. He told stories: about the art and the artists and the Medicis and we came away understanding key concepts. We learned a lot and smiled the entire way. Thank you for a wonderful tour.
Our June9,2016- Original Florence Walking Tour with guide Barbara,was wonderful. Barbara was very informative about sights and history of Florence.We really enjoyed her and the beautiful sights. We would recommend your tours to anyone visiting Florence area.Thanks again,The Caiarelli's
I am forever grateful to the staff at Art Viva! My whole life, I had always wanted to see the Statue of David, and I made my request, and it was granted! I wanted to be there at a time that was not crowded so that I could take unobstructed photographs and drink in the Statue as long as I could. Elisabeta was amazing and incredibly informed about the Statue and Florence. She shared with me wonderful places in Florence that I never would have considered. I had my time with the Statue, and I will be forever grateful to her and to Celeste who manages Art Viva.
I was so impressed with having my own tour guide that I booked a small group tour for the following day through Art Viva and went to the Uffizi. Lovely as well.
I will recommend this company over and over again.
I owe a debt of gratitude. I felt so well taken care of and had my dream come true. I was so moved at being able to see the Statue of David completely unobstructed that I cried for hours afterward.
Thank you and cheers!
What a wonderful way to experience the best of Florence. Ismael and Elisabetta were charming, funny, and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with Florence, it's truly a gem.
We had an amazing time touring Florence and understood so much more due to the great guide we had with Artviva (Brenda). Being a local, she was passionate and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Florence. Definitely a 5/5!
Our tour guide was excellent. He provided a great many historical details about the monuments and building and the way of life in past centuries. He made the city past come alive in a very meaningful way. We could imagine Galileo or Michelangelo walking the same streets. Our 3 hours were over too soon. The guide was from Augtralia, but truly could relate Florence history in a fun way.
My family's ArtViva tours on Dec. 22, 2015 were everything we paid for. Brenda walked us around the city center pointing out the architecture, symbols, statues and great places to eat/hang out. Her in depth description of Michelangelo's David was so interesting, even my teens/young adults listened and remembered. Fantastic!
In the afternoon, Hilde was our guide through the Uffizie Galleries. She gave an art history lesson that was forever memorable. Again, the teen/20's kids were listening. We got so much out these private tours. Well worth it!
The tour was excellent. Our guide, Adrianne, was very knowledgeable and able to answer our many questions. She also went above and beyond her duty by helping keep our three-year-old entertained during the lunch so that we could enjoy ourselves without worry.
Make the most of our guides’ expert knowledge with three of our most popular excursions in one excellent package! Get a feel for the real Florence in intimate groups as you explore the city’s world-famous art and architecture.
Enjoy the very best urban and rural landscapes and save with this discount package. A knowledgeable guide will lead you on four excellent excursions, including the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum, as well as a full-day exploring three Tuscan hilltop towns.
Savour the sights, smells and tastes of the region on this visit to three captivating hilltop towns. Our small-group expeditions, led by fabulous local guides, also offer a delicious lunch and wine tasting at a traditional estate.
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Riding out from Florence, experience a fun and fabulous half-day ride through the splendid countryside. With a traditional lunch at a famous restaurant and a cellar visit and wine tasting at a stunning Renaissance villa, this excursion will exercise your legs and your tastebuds!
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Explore one of Tuscany’s most charming hilltop towns, with an expert tour guide.
On this 3-hour walking tour you will hear murder stories, see relics of famous saints, learn about the famous annual ‘Palio' horse race and much more!
A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming local establishment. Experience the dark, medieval past as it is brought to life during this unique exploration of the little-known but notable quarter.
See the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa with your own private tour guide.
No visit to Italy is complete without making the pilgrimage to see the Leaning Tower, a sublime accident, an icon of cityscape beauty and an astonishing monument to human will.
Choose your very own Tuscan wine adventure!
Visit vineyards and wineries in the stunningly beautiful and world-famous Tuscan wine production zones with an expert in Italian wines as your private tour guide.
Delve into Italy's great culinary history on this great one-day cookery course in Tuscany. In the kitchen of a historic 13th century Tuscan Villa estate, learn the culinary secrets behind the world-famous Tuscan cuisine as you prepare an unforgettable traditional 5-course meal.
Learn to prepare a delicious 4-course meal comprised of traditional Tuscan recipes, in the kitchen of a historic 13th century Tuscan villa estate. Discover the secrets behind making a delectable traditional meal in a cookery experience suitable for all skill levels.
Enjoy a fabulous half day bike tour through the Chianti countryside.
Stunning views of classic Chianti countryside, gourmet lunch, wine and olive oil tasting, Tuscan villa cellar visit, the most beautiful church in Tuscany and a great bi-lingual guide.
This unique insider's tour led by an Italian prince will have you becoming a personal “stakeholder” in the vintage of a prestigious wine: your own piece of Tuscany to treasure as you tour the most magnificent wine estate in Tuscany.
Tour the splendid palace built by the wealthy Pitti family - Medici rivals - in the 15th century.
Today, the Pitti Palace is the biggest museum complex in Florence, housing 5 museums with a diverse collection of art and artefacts ranging from the opulent private living quarters to 16th and 17th century paintings (in the Palatine Gallery) and even a Costume Gallery.
This is the only bicycle expedition to include a swim and the time to laze away the afternoon! Enjoy a leisurely ride from Florence Tuscan countryside, before stopping at a historic estate for a cellar visit, wine tasting, traditional lunch and access to the estate pool.
Partake in the search for a lost Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece, "La battaglia di Anghiari".
Experience the thrill of being on the spot of an exciting investigation into the whereabouts of the greatest masterpiece ever done, lost for over five centuries in a stunning medieval palace in Florence.
Be involved in finding a lost Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece and enjoy our internationally renowned Uffizi Gallery tour.
All major international news agencies are poised to catch the latest findings and National Geographic has purchased film rights to cover the search.
Enjoy a slice of the good life on this ultimate local experience. Be treated to a wine tasting of a traditional estate’s award-winning wines, as well as a cellar visit and gourmet lunch, before having time to laze beside a private pool with stunning views of hilly countryside.
Immerse yourself in the classic Tuscan countryside for a few hours. Relax poolside at an exclusive private estate with stunning views of the landscape. What’s more, you can also enjoy a traditional lunch with superb local wine!
Visit two exclusive private Renaissance Villa estates in the heart of Chianti for wine tastings and an extra olive oil tasting.
Truly enjoy some of the best sights and traditional tastes of Tuscany's famous wine country whilst being guided through the stunning historic wine and olive oil cellars.
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Whether you wish to bike ride through the Tuscan hills, treat your family to the art cities, experience Italy's rich gourmet and wine heritage, explore your artistic side, or have a romantic honeymoon vacation, we can arrange it all.
Your guide on this exclusive experience will be an internationally-renowned wine expert specialised on Tuscan wines.
Tuscany’s top wine producers will open their Tuscan wine estate doors to you, as you meet Italy’s most famous wine-producing families and taste their surperb wines on this exclusive Tuscan wine tasting class.
Visit the enchanting city of Lucca.
This is one of only a very few cities left in all of Italy to still be surrounded by ancient Renaissance walls, allowing it to retain much of its original distinctive character.