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Get to know Italy the way we do on our tours in Rome, Florence-Tuscany, Cinqueterre, Venice & beyond.
The 1st in Italy to offer such services, we're expert at making history come alive on entertaining Italy tours! 

Why Artviva? Because it's the original and best company offering high standard tours that makes the difference! Our international english speaking staff will look after you when in Italy

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Private and Personalised Tours. Reserve a tour with our professional Guides expert in making history come alive and able to do high quality entertaining and informative guided tours around Italy. We’ve captured the essence of glorious Tuscany for you to savour in a privately booked day out you will never forget. Get the inside secrets on where to taste the best cheese, visit a vineyard, stroll through olive groves & see magnificent Renaissance frescoes in quintessential Tuscany hilltop towns. Choose from our great range of exclusive things to including Florence tours, Tuscany tours, Cinque Terre tours, Venice tours, Rome and Vatican tours and Tours in Pompeii. Private tours can be conducted in German, French, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Hungarian, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Italian.

Unique Tailored Events. Let us take care of the finest details that go into making your special occasion all that more memorable!
No-one knows Italy like we do. We utilise this expertise to offer made-to-measure experiences from romantic weddings, fun parties and unforgettable celebrations, to special work functions and corporate events. Our know-how ensures your occasion is truly unique! From regal Tuscan Villas to Roman Castles and Venetian Palaces, or simply a fabulous bar or restaurant, our locations are exquisite. No matter how small, large or unusual your event is, we take care of every little detail for you to ensure the best.

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With Artviva The Original and Best Walking Tours you can book your own Italy tours and transfers in Italy on this site.

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Artviva The Original and Best Walking Tours proposes various types of tours in Italy:

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It is possible to do a day tour Italy, for example a city walk in Rome between the Colosseum and the Forum or a few hours of shopping on Via Condotti. We can organize a boat tour in Venice, or a visit to the islands of the lagoon, or maybe a private tour in Italy like a bicycle (bike) ride outside of Florence to discover Chianti and the flavours of the best wines and tastes of Tuscany.

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The small-group guided Italy tours are available in the most popular Italian cities and regions including:

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About our tour guides: All of our tour guides in Italy are highly-qualified, enthusiastic experts. Our tour guides are passionate about Italy, have a sense of humour and can speak excellent English, ensuring a wonderful tour for you. 

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Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5 stars
   Based on 51 Ratings.
Last 10 reviews:

On 2014/04/15
Susan S said:

Simply Wonderful!

Touring the Uffizi Gallery with Klaus was the highlight of our trip to Florence; his passion and knowledge provided for an unforgettable afternoon. Booking a tour with ArtViva is highly recommended!


On 2013/12/15
Ryan Antista said:

Awesome and highly recommended!

I used the Art Viva services while in Florence for two tours, The Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Because I went in a low season I was the only client and the company still went through with the service, thank you! I had the best tour guild that I could ever hope for! Her name was Elizabeth. She was knowledgeable, fun to be with, very well informed and broke down the pieces and art history in a way that was artful in and of itself. I give the tour service and specifically Elizabeth a 100% A+ and recommend this group all the way. I had a great experience, thank you so much!!


On 2013/11/04
Anthony said:

Great tour, Stefan was the best

If you are going to Florence this tour is a must, Volterra is amazing "town in the clouds", and without all the tourists. Stefan made the tour absolutely fantastic and it was the highlight of our holidays.


On 2013/10/22
Jane Wood said:

Uffizi Tour 26.9.13

An excellent tour. Floriana our guide: friendly; informative and impressively knowledgeable. A dream fulfilled. Thank you.


On 2013/09/08
Howard said:

Inspiring and Fun!

We did the Florence in One Glorious Day. Worth every moment. Klaus entertained, inspired and excited us with his knowledge, delivery and communication. He gave us 'big picture' history and 'little picture' stories, putting humanity into the architecture. Just excellent. Liz helped us enjoy the Uffizi and Accademia with her art knowledge and insight. Both great tour guides. Next time, we'll be back!


On 2013/08/27
peter taylor said:


enjoyed tour,very informative and pleasant pace would reccomend


On 2013/06/29
Studebaker Family said:

Perfect Morning in Tuscany was Truly Perfect

On our last day in Florence we wanted to go off the beaten path. This tour was perfect - hiking, history and beautiful scenery. We can't say enough about our tour guide Stefano - he was exceptionally knowledgeable, accommodating and very personable. By the end of the tour, we felt like we'd spent the morning with a friend. The tour included a delicious lunch at a villa with gorgeous views and great company. We highly recommend requesting Stefano for your tour and lunch.


On 2013/06/25
Jennifer said:

The Orginal Best of Tuscany

Went to Italy for first time for my 40th Birthday... We did the Best of Tuscany tour on our last day.Everything about the trip was amazing! When we first arrived, the ladies in the office were very friendly and helpful! We all met, on time with the minibus waiting for us.Our tour guide, Stephon, was great, knowledgeable and entertaining. The location stops were breathtaking and the tour/lunch of the winery exceeded my expectations. I would recommend tours from ArtViva to anyone!


On 2013/06/10
vanessa said:

had a fabulous morning with Stephan leading us across the hill tops behind Florence. A great walk in some beautiful county which ended at a great villa. Definitely recommend it and Stephan is a great guide


On 2013/06/10
David said:

Excellent, highly knowledgeable and professional

I am currently in Italy and last week was in Florence where I used their services for four tours: First Original Florence Walk, then Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery, Original David Academia Tour and last Best of Tuscany with Volterra. I cannot say enough good things about them. The guides were native English speakers, they were highly knowledgeable and experienced about their subject, and all were very pleasant and helpful. None of the groups I was in last week were very big the largest about 13 or 14. When there was a larger group they split it in half and brought in another guide. They used a radio type communication device in all but one of these groups which worked extremely well for me, since I have a hearing problem and wear hearing aides. The "Best of Tuscanny with Volterra" tour had only three participants even though the minimum states at leasts four. It was the best tour of their offerings and all were great. This is the best company I have used in all my traveling.

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