Venice

The enchanting jewel of Italy.

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Average Rating:   4.9
out of 5 stars
   Based on 91 Ratings.

On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:
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Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:
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Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:
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Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Our family of 6 spent the day visiting Tuscany with Stefan. We had a glorious day. Stefan was knowledgeable and fun...we learned so much. I highly recommend this tour! Couldn't have been better!

On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:
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BEST way to see Rome

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!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:
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Tour of a lifetime

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!

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On the northeastern cost of Italy is a cluster of 117 little isles on the Venetian Lagoon connected via around 400 bridges and interlaced with canals. Collectively this is known as Venice (or Venezia in Italian).

Mid-way through the 2nd millennium BC, this area was said to have been populated by the Veneti people. During Roman times, a series of invasions in the nearby settlements sent refugees fleeing to Venice, increasing the population significantly.

Several attacks on the city ensued throughout the next 500 years or so, leaving their own marks on the city. Still, being a somewhat geographically isolated port city saw Venice acquire increasing independence, and wealth.

Venice went on to become a great centre of trade and commerce.

By the mid-500s, Venice had a number of ports and even its own system of government. From the late 600s, the Republic of Venice was established, rendering the city greatly powerful right throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

To celebrate success in a battle in 1162, the Venice locals held great celebrations. These were then repeated on the anniversary of this important date, going on to become known as Carnivale - the Carnival of Venice. The use of costumes and masks became a way of celebrating but also, during harder times, allowing the locals to forget their woes for a period.

Venice also went on to became known as an important musical city, particularly for operas and symphonies.

Breathtaking stunning, it is no surprise that Venice has inspired a great number of artists and architects, rendering Venice an artistic and architectural hub.

Today, around 270,000 people live in Venice. The majority are on the mainland (176,000), whilst around 60,000 are in the historical city centre and approximately 30,000 on the surrounding islands. The city and its lagoon are both listed as World Heritage Sites.

It is commonly known as "La Serenissima" and the "City of Bridges", as well as for being one of the most romantic cities in the world.

On a decent visit to Venice, you'll need around three days. One day just to become marvellously lost, one day to visit the glass-making island of Murano, another to see the sites and possibly go for a gondola ride.

€ 42.00

Doge's Palace Visit

Prepare to let your imagination take flight as you follow our experts behind the scenes to explore the Doge’s Palace. See the architectural pomp and pageantry conceived by these Renaissance business tycoons on this small-group Venetian excursion.
€ 54.00

The Great Grand Canal Expedition

Discover the Grand Canal in fitting style with a luxury boat ride in the company of one of our experts and an extra small group of likeminded travellers. From sumptuous palaces to heart-stopping views and famous film locations, you’ll float through the sites of intrigue, scandal, fame and fashion.
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€ 69.00

A Gondola Adventure

Step into another world and explore the quintessential essence of ‘The Floating City’ via its favourite mode of transportation: the Gondola. Traverse the charming canals and weave through the intriguing waterways to enjoy a glimpse of the glory days from long ago.
€ 69.00

The Original Gondola Tour

For the discerning explorer we have put together a gondola experience that will introduce the city to you in a romantic and exclusive style.
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€ 15.00

Venice Airport to Piazzale Roma or Your Cruise Ship Dock

Private transfer from the Venice "Marco Polo" Airport to Piazzale Roma in the heart of Venice or to your cruise ship dock.
€ 85.00

From Venice City Centre to Florence

Private transfer from Piazzale Roma in Venice to your hotel in the Florence city centre.
Meet your driver in Piazzale Roma, near the Santa Lucia train station, to be accompanied to Florence. 
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€ 85.00

From Florence City Centre to Venice

The luxury of a driver collecting you from your accommodation in central Florence for a private transfer to Venice.
€ 26.00

The Original Venice Walk

Join our guides for an introduction to the iconic piazza and basilica of St Mark’s. Timed to give you access to the church during quiet periods, you’ll get a perspective on the city’s history that will enhance your stay.
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€ 49.00

Exclusive Highlights of Venice

Visit St Mark’s Square and the magnificent Doge’s Palace during this 2-hour adventure with your own personal guide. Get a taste of Venetian life, history and culture across the centuries during this in-depth exploration of its most wondrous sights.
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€ 62.00

A Venetian Wine Tour

Under the expert guidance of our professional Sommelier, enjoy sampling some of finest food and wine in one of the local ‘Bacari’ establishments.   
 
 
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€ 39.00

The Magnificent 'City of Masks': 2 Hours

Under the expert tutelage of our knowledgeable guides, learn to truly appreciate and understand Venice the way it deserves. Visit some of the lesser known historic sites and enjoy an in-depth look at the magnificent art and architecture that can be found around every corner. 
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€ 97.50

An Enchanting Evening: Gondola Ride and Serenade

Glide along the charming canals and waterways in style during this private gondola ride complete with serenading musical accompaniment. As the sun sets across the lagoon, you’ll relish the stunning views and enjoy the gentle breeze as it ushers in a romantic evening for two.
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€ 149.00

Glorious Venice in a Day (or Two or Three)

Take advantage of our expert personal guides for the ultimate exploration of the ‘City of Canals’. Be entertained by the stories and the history behind this magnificent world as told by your own walking-talking fountain of knowledge!
€ 118.75

Private transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice

Let yourself truly relax by reserving a private driver to collect you in Milan's Malpensa airport and accompany you to Venice.
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€ 70.00

Learn To Be a Gondolier

Learn to navigate the city’s gorgeous canals and stunning lagoon at your own speed with one of our unique rowing classes. Our great English-speaking instructor will guide you through all the techniques and skills needed to become an expert Gondolier in no time!
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€ 59.38

The Treasures of the 'Floating City': 4 hours

Immerse yourself in this in-depth exploration of Venice’s greatest pieces of art and architecture. Surround yourself in the city’s beauty and history to fully appreciate its cultural and artistic contributions to the world at large. 
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€ 20.00

The Mysteries of Magnates & Mistresses - 2 Hours

Delve into the city’s history of affluence and glamour during its glory days as Italy’s most important import and export epicentre. With great wealth, originating from the trade of exotic spices and silk, came immense power, used for both good and evil.
 
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€ 70.91

The Ultimate Venetian Experience

Explore one of the most charming and unique cities in the world while gliding around on a traditional gondola. View the beauty of this metropolis both on foot, and by water, as part of this bespoke introduction to the authentic Venice. 
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€ 31.50

Water transfer from Venice's port or railway station to Venice accommodation

A private transfer to the nearest water access to your accommodation in Venice city centre.
You are free to choose from any of the following Venice terminals for your pick-up: Train Station Santa Lucia, Stazione Marittima Pier, San Basillo Pier, Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto.
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€ 26.67

The Gondola: King of the Canals

Begin your evening with a dreamy ride down Venice's beautiful canals. Once the only mode of transportation, a gondola ride is still the best way to see this floating paradise through the eyes of the Venetians from yesteryear.
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€ 36.25

Private water transfer from Venice airport to hotel in Venice

A luxury transfer service including meet & greet assistance at airport.
Our English-speaking skipper will then accompany you to the nearest water access of your accommodation in central Venice*.
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€ 150.00

Custom Vacation Planning

Utilise our expertise by having us design that special unforgettable experience of a lifetime for you. 
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.
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