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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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.
Experience the pomp and grandeur of the Holy City during this private visit to the Vatican. Pre-reserved entry comes with a personal expert guide who will lead you through the stunning corridors and halls of the Vatican for a truly memorable experience.
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 Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
Enjoy 4 hours of sightseeing with own your expert guide! This experience is your passport to Rome as it was 2,000 years ago, with a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Romans and the forces that shaped them.
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.
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?
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.
The early bird gets the worm with this tour of the must-see Vatican sights. Get in before the crowds and experience the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel up close and personal, then skip the line at St. Peter’s Basilica to complete the small group, guided experience.
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.
Visit the Borghese Galleries, found in the villa that once belonged to Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th century. As a passionate patron of the arts, he amassed a marvellous collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities now on display for your pleasure in their original settings.
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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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.
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.
You only have one day to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, so make it count! Make the most of your short time in this beautiful and fascinating part of the country with our guided Pompeii tour from Rome. You’ll embark on an in-depth exploration of the ruins at Pompeii and a relaxing drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with time to let your hair down and explore the jewelbox seaside town of Positano.