Our group  maximum number of people allowed changes depending on the tour. For example, the group tours in Florence and Venice have a maximum of 18 people. The group tours in Rome have a maximum of 12 people.

For tours that require a transfer such as the Best of Tuscany day-trip we prefer to have a maximum of 7 people. If a minivan is not available sometimes we might have 17 people on a minibus.

Typical store hours may be 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm. Stores in Italy typically close during the lunchtime for a few hours, however this practice is seen less and less in heavy tourist areas.

You can buy train tickets online or at train stations or small travel agencies.  At the Florence train station you can buy your tickets directly from a teller or at an automated computer.  The computers all have English options.  Remember that one city may have several different train stations. To review train times and prices visit the national train website, www.trenitalia.com. High speed trains are “Freccia” or “Italo”.


Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

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Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

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