Rome

Italy’s capital Roma is grand both in size and magnificence.

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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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!

On 2017/07/03
Stan Capper said:
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Great Tour

What a great tour! We were lucky to have Catherine (Cate) as our tour guide. She has such passion for the art and has such a breadth of knowledge that she expertly and clearly imparts from start to finish. I heard her and another guide remarking to each other about never having seen the museum so crowded, but she would not let the crowds keep her from putting us right in front of all the works she wanted to show us. The information she provided illuminated each piece to a stunning degree. It was perhaps the best tour of an art museum we've ever experienced. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you're lucky enough to have Catherine as your guide. I felt bad for her because the heat and crowds put us behind at the start, but she kept her poise and remained calm and got us through a remarkable tour.

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.

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The history of Rome dates back well over 2000 years. In the 1st century BC, Roman mathematician and astrologer Lucius Taruntius Firmanus put his abacus to work and established that Rome was founded in 753 BC – on the 21st April, to be precise.

Mythology has it that Romulus and Remus founded Rome, choosing the Aventine Hill on which to construct the city foundations.

Science however tells that Rome is actually even older. Its early populations, a mix of Etruscans, Sabines and Latins, blended to form the Romans. The Roman Kingdom and subsequently Roman Republic were born, before being taken over by the Roman Empire – as many of the surrounding lands far and wide also came to be.

Having conquered much of the world as the Romans knew it, their beloved city became known as “Caput Mundi” (World Capital) and “The Eternal City”.

Today, Rome is the capital city of the Lazio region as well as that of Italy itself. Well over 4 million people call Rome’s metropolitan home.

Internally within Rome is Vatican City, a country within a city (within a country). After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Pope had much control of Rome, establishing the city as the Papal States capital.

It was only the unification of Italy that saw this come to an end. Rome went on to become the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1871 and subsequently the Italian Republic.

Rome is home to many iconic symbols of Italy, none greater than the Coliseum. Other iconic must-see Roman sites include the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Roman Forum, the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, and a host of other breathtaking piazzas, buildings, monuments and more.

€ 75.00

Masterpieces of the Vatican & St. Peter's

Our Vatican tours get you streamlined access to the museum and its world-famous collection of masterpieces. Book your place in one of our small groups led by some of the most knowledgeable and passionate local guides.
 
€ 60.00

Emperors & Gladiators - The Roman Forum & Colosseum

Get a unique perspective on the founding of not just a city but an empire when you join us to walk in the footsteps of legendary gladiators and emperors.
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€ 111.43

Transfer from central Rome to Florence city centre

Your very own driver and private vehicle for a transfer from the Rome city centre to Florence city centre.
Avoid the hassle of driving in Italy. Save on car rental, road tolls, fuel (and possible fines!) when travelling to Florence from Rome.
€ 54.00

The Original Rome Walk

There’s no better way to experience the layers of the city’s rich history than on a 3-hour guided excursion including visits to major sights like the Roman Forum and Pantheon.
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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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€ 67.00

Highlights of the Eternal City: A Six-Hour Adventure

Watch as the capital’s most important sites come to life! Explore this bustling metropolis with a captivating guide who will lead you on a romp through the history of the city’s illustrious architecture, politics and culture.
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€ 36.25

Rome by Night

Walk the ruins and monuments of the ancient capital as the stars come out and the night lights come on. What better way to begin your evening than with a full evening’s exploration of the most famous sights and scenes after dark?
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€ 90.00

Catacombs and the Appian Way Adventure

Delve into the famous Catacombs and explore the world under, and beyond, the ancient walls. Also, enjoy and introduction to the Appian Way, which was the most famous road to the capitol. The structure and design of the Appian Way is still regarded as an amazing feat of engineering. It has influenced urban planners all over the world for centuries.
€ 85.00

Roman Passions - Food & Wine

Taste your way around Italy’s capital on a gastronomical expedition encompassing some of the most traditional and delectable cuisine and wine on offer in the Eternal City.
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€ 46.00

The Historic Capitoline Museum

The Capitoline Museum boasts an impressive collection of ancient sculptures, plus various 16th and 17th century paintings by the most famous artists of the era. Discover the great treasures within this historic museum that dates back to 1471.
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€ 98.57

Ancient Roman Life & the Ostia Antica Experience

Enjoy a personalised exploration of Ostia. During its glory days, the seaside town of Ostia was the capital’s primary naval base and a major commercial port. However, abandoned for centuries, it wasn’t until 19th-century excavations uncovered some of the best preserved ruins of the ancient world, which we can visit today in this picturesque and historic Italian town.
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€ 186.67

Rome at Night with a Private Chauffeur

Enjoy gaining a completely unique view of Rome at night from the comfort of your own privately chauffeured vehicle. See the capital come alive at night as well as some of its most famous sights by the light of the stars. 
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€ 80.00

Highlights of the Eternal City: A Private Drive

Explore the vast reaches of the capital in the most comfortable and efficient way possible: by car! Relax and enjoy the sights while your knowledgeable private chauffeur expertly navigates through the streets and roadways of this bustling metropolis and its finest landmarks.
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€ 118.33

The Hallowed Monuments of the Sacred City

The power of faith and the utter devotion of the Italian people can be found in every corner of this beautiful city. Explore a personally selected number of beautiful churches, and enjoy the unique experience of visiting the eerie catacombs where the faithful were buried.
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€ 31.25

Private transfer from Civitavecchia Port to Rome centre

Make the most of your day in Rome with this private transfer from your cruise ship in Civitavecchia to central Rome.
€ 49.00

Run & Rome - A Running Adventure

Rise and shine for a splendid morning run with a local guide who will lead you on a circuit to thrill the mind and burn those calories!
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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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€ 14.14

Transfer from Rome airport to Rome accommodation

Take the hassle out of navigating Rome with the ease of a private driver to take you from the Rome airport to your Roman accommodation.
€ 65.00

Urban Opulence: Borghese Gallery & Garden

Join one of our experts as they show you the grandiose Borghese Gallery with its unsurpassed collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes by famous artists such as Caravaggio and Bernini. Set in exquisitely landscaped gardens, this is an unmissable experience.
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