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Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2017/11/02
Thomas Wilson said:
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Art Viva's reputation is richly deserved. And Angelo is one of the best tour guides I've ever witnessed. Our evening walk of the Oltrarno district and The Original Florence Walk the next day were extraordinary in their depth, historical perspectives, contexts, interesting stories, and his warm delivery. He loves this city. Now we do too. Thanks Angelo. Sincerely, Thomas and Taffi Wilson

On 2017/10/20
Keith and Sue Ferguson said:
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 tours with Hilde and Tatianna.

We signed up for the day of three tours; Original Florence, Uffizi and David. It was a long day but our guides made it a special experience. We would heartily recommend the tours to others visiting Florence. Our guides knowledge, passion and stories will be remembered long after our return home.

On 2017/09/10
Kim said:
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Best Tours Ever

It was our very first trip to Italy, so my husband and I decided to book tours with ArtViva based on Rick Steves' recommendation. We took the Accademia tour with Ingrid, the Uffizi tour with Klaus, and the Original Florence tour with Tatiana. Each guide was a joy to be with. They were all both extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and were enthusiastic about presenting it. I learned so much about the amazing Florentine art and architecture. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend ArtViva's tours to everyone!

On 2017/08/31
E said:
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Fantastic walking tour with Hilde. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:
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We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:
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Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

On 2017/07/08
Jennifer said:
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Made Florence and Venice come alive!

My Zicasso travel agent booked tours through ArtViva for myself and my husband. We were so pleased she did! In Venice Leticia took us on the water by gondola and speed boat; this is the way to see Venice! Then Tatiana took us through St. Mark's and Doge's Palace, helping us understand the symbolism, art, and history of these places. In Florence, Rodrigo led us to better understand the David and spent time going into our questions with thoughtfulness. A 3 hour walking tour with Kate opened our eyes to what was in plain sight! We would not have understood Florence without her! Finally, the piece de resistance was Klaas and the tour of the Ufizzi Gallery. His storytelling and excitement was effervescent! We adding his tour because of the pleasure we had on the other booked tours, and I'm so glad that Klaas was our last ArtViva tour - what a beautiful ending to being in Florence! Thank you, ArtViva, for making these two cities come alive. I was so pleased with your guides, professional office staff, and joy!

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Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy. Approximately 380,000 people call Florence home, with more than 1.5 million living in the surrounds.

Founded in 59 BC, Florence was established by Julius Caesar’s solders who named the area “Florentia”, in honour of the Goddess Flora – the symbol of spring and fertility.

A bridge was built where now stands the current Ponte Vecchio (which translates, correctly, to “Old Bridge”), at the narrowest part of the Arno River that runs from the Apennines, through Florence and out to the Tyrrhenian Sea.  

The Roman Forum was set up where now stands the Piazza della Repubblica, whilst a theatre was built in today’s Piazza della Signora and Roman baths where now sits the Florence Cathedral, Il Duomo.

After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, a market was established selling international wares where traders would pass through, establish Florence from this time on as a European hub of finance and trade.

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, where many of the biggest characters earned their name in history. Florence was home to the important Medici family as well as writers and political, social and religious figures including Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio and Savonarola. Numerous master artists also hail from or at least lived out most of their lives in Florence (think Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Vasari, Donatello, Ghiberti, Masaccio, Rafael, da Vinci and more).

The wealth of the Renaissance also fostered the establishment of Florence as a fashion capital, giving rise to a range of artisan crafts and markets such as the fabric trade, fashion designers, cobblers, leather artisans, jewellers, milliners and the like.

Italy then went through a period of turbulence lasting for two centuries after the Renaissance, culminating with the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy, seeing the unification of the various regions to form the Italy we know today.

From 1865-1871, Florence was the capital of this Italy, during which time the city was given a little bit of a facelift, including the remodelling of the central Piazza della Repubblica.

Florence then had its own renaissance in world fashion after the end of the Second World War, giving rise to names such as Roberto Cavalli, Enrico Coveri, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci and Guccio Gucci.

Today, the city of Florence is a great mix of medieval, Renaissance and early modern architecture. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. There are also a great number of exceptional artworks, many housed in the Uffizi Gallery, plus Michelangelo’s David standing in the Academia Gallery.

The city has never lost its artistic and creative spirit, to this day attracting many art and artisan students to the various art schools and studios in Florence.

As the capital of the gastronomically-rich Tuscan region, Florence has also developed a world-class cuisine that today blends the quality foods of the well-to-do (such as Florentine Beefsteak) with the delicious slow-cooked lower class recipes such as Ribollita, Trippa (tripe), Zuppa di Cipolla (Onion Soup) and a range of delicious sweets.

Visiting Florence today thus gives visitors a chance to see some of the world’s best art by master artists, visit historic palaces and piazzas, enjoy some fabulous shopping for designer and bespoke fashion items, plus to dine on delicious traditional Florentine and Tuscan food (gratefully paired with excellent Tuscan wine).

€ 29.00

The Original Florence Walk

Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past. 
€ 36.00

The Original David and Accademia Museum Visit

Visit the Accademia and watch art and history be brought to life by our guides. Ours is the only tour that focuses solely on Michelangelo and his statue of David, allowing you to marvel at the masterpiece and discover its story in a small group.
 
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€ 109.00

My Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!)

Experience the beauty and romance of Florence with your own personal guide when you book a place on this discounted package that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.
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€ 55.00

Original Florence Walk & David Tour

See Florence’s urban history come to life on this exclusive guided visit of the historic centre that also includes a viewing of Michelangelo's original David at the Accademia. Focusing on the historically-rich areas north of the river and to the west of Santa Croce, you’ll be flipping through the proverbial pages of over 2,000 years of tantalizing history.
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€ 11.13

From Florence City Centre to Florence Airport

Your very own driver to collect you from your accommodation in Florence city centre for a private transfer to Florence (Peretola) Airport.
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€ 9.88

From Florence Train Station to your hotel in Florence

Private transfer from the main train station in Florence, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, to your hotel in Florence's city centre.
€ 39.00

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: Adults Only

From the shocking lifestyles of the rich and famous to the seedy underbelly of the city’s past, this absolute first for Florence tours invites you to hear about the scandals that rocked the Renaissance.
 
€ 39.00

An Evening Walk - Murders, Mystery & Wine!

The charming medieval Oltrarno quarter hides a dark and mysterious past. Let our experts lead you through its intriguing history on this unique twilight adventure, before taking the edge off with a glass of Italian wine.
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€ 80.00

From Livorno Harbour to Florence city centre

Maximise your time in Florence with a private transfer from the cruise ship port of Livorno to Florence.
Our transfers offer you the safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to pick you up as you disembark and whisk you off to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence for the ultimate shore excursion.
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€ 37.14

From Pisa International Airport to Florence city centre

The safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to transfer you from Pisa airport to Florence (or vice-versa).
Avoid the hassle of using public transport and the stress of driving in Italy. Book a private driver to take you from the Pisa airport to the Florence city centre.
€ 32.50

From Florence City centre to Pisa Airport

The ease of a private vehicle and driver.
Book a private transfer service to drive you from Florence to Pisa or to collect you from the Pisa airport as soon as you arrive for a private transfer to Florence.
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€ 11.13

From Florence Airport to your central Florence hotel

Private transfer from the Florence's Peretola Airport to your hotel in the Florence city centre.
€ 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 Rome

A convenient private transfer from Florence City Centre to the heart of Rome.
Your very own driver to take you from Florence to Rome, or vice versa.
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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.
€ 74.00

Italian Passions - Food & Wine

Shop not just like a local, but actually with a local! Delve into Italy's gastronomic culture on this fun and tasty food experience, including more tastings than any other package of its kind.
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€ 66.25

A Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour - Dante's Florence

'Cerca Trova' – seek and ye shall find. On this excursion, see the sites that inspired the author Dan Brown to write Inferno, and have a glimpse through the eyes of the protagonist, the fictional sleuth Robert Langdon.
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€ 24.00

A Guided Evening Stroll

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.
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€ 32.50

From Florence City Centre to Siena

Relax and take in the splendid Tuscany views on your way from Florence to Siena.
A private transfer from the Florence city centre to the charming Tuscan town of Siena.
€ 49.00

Streets & Speaks: A Touring Italian Lesson

Step out of the classroom and onto the city streets on this unique and interactive Italian lesson. Great for all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced Italian language enthusiasts, this is a relaxed but informative language class that teaches you the essential phrases for everyday living in Italy.
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€ 42.50

Jewish Florence

Discover the rich local Jewish history of the Renaissance on a visit to some of Florence's most impressive sites.
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€ 19.57

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: Adults Only

Explore the less celebrated, but all the more tantalising, history of scandal and drama during this unique tour of the city. Fame and fortune during the Renaissance inevitably generated numerous scandals, notorious reputations and epic rumours. From the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous to their crimes of passion, hear all the juicy and sordid details behind the dramas that rocked the world of this high society.
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€ 80.00

Highlights of Florence

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the city with your own personal guide. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center.
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€ 86.25

From Florence City Centre to Livorno Harbour

Be collected from Florence City Centre for a private transfer to Livorno Harbour Cruise Pier.
Our private driver can meet you at your Florence accommodation, the local railway station or other location of choice.
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€ 45.00

My Exclusive Florence for Kids

Let our great guides help your children explore and learn about this magical destination. You and the kids will be taken on adventures designed to engage even the youngest of travellers! We are experts at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.
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€ 78.75

A Tuscany Bike Tour

Enjoy a fabulous half day bike ride through the Chianti countryside. Traverse the rolling hills and sumptuous valleys that can only be found in the classic Chianti countryside. Work up a hearty appetite in preparation for a gourmet lunch, with the added treat of sampling local  delicacies and olive oil. Our excellent bi-lingual excursion leader will take you on a visit to a traditional villa and will incorporate a stop at one of the most beautiful churches found in the area.
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€ 95.00

Learn to Paint or Sculpt Like A Master

In the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the greatest art hubs of all time, be welcomed into the private studio of a local artist for a lesson on oil painting or sculpting in clay.
Individual instruction ensures this workshop suitable for all ages and skill levels - from complete novices to more experienced artists wanting to gain insight into Florence’s art scene and to meet local artists.
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€ 98.33

Artemisia Gentileschi: Progressive Painter Tour

Enjoy an introduction to one of the greatest Baroque artists and pioneers of her time. Artemisia Gentileschi broke many boundaries during the Renaissance: foremost among these was her admission to the Accademia di Arte del Disegno – a first for a woman!
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€ 31.67

Original Florence Walk - Winter Special

Explore the Florentine winter magic with this limited time, privately guided tour.
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€ 34.00

A Visit to Artisan Workshops

See local artisans producing some of the city’s most famous traditional handicrafts. This exclusive Artisan's Workshop tour takes you into a world that cannot be found anywhere else but in the ancient streets of this glorious destination.
€ 45.00

Private transportation to Pisa from Florence

A 4-hour return transfer with your own personal driver in a private vehicle from Florence's city centre to Pisa.
Savour your time in Pisa by visiting the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower at your leisure.
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€ 38.00

Galileo Galilei Science Museum

You don't have to be a science buff to appreciate this wondrous and well-organised little gem of a museum. The Museo Galileo is home to the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself. Step back in time as you explore the wonders of the Galileo Museum with your own expert guide.
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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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