Reviews for ArtViva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Kane was an excellent guide with a good sense of humor. He is very competent, enthusiastic, and a great story teller. I learnt a great deal from him about the city of Florence. He really made my short stay in Florence that much more enjoyable. Thank you Kane!review inserted on 2014-07-28 by Boyan
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Kane was a fabulous guide! He had an extensive knowledge of relevant historical fact and made the history of Florence come alive. It really helped having a native English speaking guide as we found other guides who had English as their second language were often difficult to understand. Thank you Kane!review inserted on 2014-07-20 by Sara
EXCELLENT VENICE TOURS
The 4 Venice tours, Venice in one Glorious Day, are outstanding. We did 2 on Mon 5/12 and 2 on Wed 5/14. Jen was our fantastic guide for 2 of them. I don't remember the names of the other 2 Italian ladies, but they were also excellent & easy to understand.review inserted on 2014-05-26 by Kaaren
Venice in one glorious day!!!! Having heard from a friend that a visit to Venice could be a challenge as far as visiting the highlights is concerned, we decided to scour the internet for a suitable guided tour. Skipping the line was imperitive for us. Two ladies with 3 adolescent sons,a challenge in itself. We chose to "do" Venice in one day so that we could be free to return to places of interest with enough knowledge to recognise and be sure of not missing the most important sights. Skipping the line to enter the San Marco Basilica was absolutely a highlight. Thousands of visitors stood in the pouring rain in order to get a glimpse of this magnificent masterpiece. Our guide Christina was absolutely professional and was able to keep our teenage sons more than interested. It was also very much appreciated by us that Art Viva gave us a call the day previous to our tour that bad weather was expected and offered us to postpone the gondola trip.review inserted on 2014-05-10 by schoon
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I'd like to thank Angelos for giving us a fantastic evening tour 16th April. His local knowledge brought Florence alive and made our stay much more enjoyable. Thanks for the tips about places to go - we loved the Opera!review inserted on 2014-04-22 by Helen Stevens
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!review inserted on 2014-04-15 by Susan S
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!!review inserted on 2013-12-15 by Ryan Antista
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.review inserted on 2013-11-04 by Anthony
Uffizi Tour 26.9.13
An excellent tour. Floriana our guide: friendly; informative and impressively knowledgeable. A dream fulfilled. Thank you.review inserted on 2013-10-22 by Jane Wood
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!review inserted on 2013-09-08 by Howard
enjoyed tour,very informative and pleasant pace would reccomendreview inserted on 2013-08-27 by peter taylor
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.review inserted on 2013-06-29 by Studebaker Family
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!review inserted on 2013-06-25 by Jennifer
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 guidereview inserted on 2013-06-10 by vanessa
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.review inserted on 2013-06-10 by David
Two tours with Klaus - David and the walking tour of Florence, one with Helen - Uffizi, and a day in Tuscany with Stephan were all absolutely superb. They were totally knowledgeable, attentive, and timely. We had heard of your company from a colleague. Her recommendation of excellence was totally accurate, and we will be more than happy to pass your name to others whenever possible.review inserted on 2013-06-01 by Fred & Cinda Armstrong
My boyfriend and I took the original Florence walking tour, and I have to say it was the best tour of our week stay in Italy. This tour was fantastic because we had Brenda as our tour guide. When someone loves their job so much it really shines through their work and made us enjoy so much more than what there was to see and know about Florence. Brenda was very knowledgeable, funny and well spoken. We also enjoyed her running commentaries on the various happenings around the streets such as watching a woman parking her Vespa on the street or a van moving in a tight space. Very enjoyable and thank you Brenda for a great time!review inserted on 2013-05-19 by Tanya Harrison
I took the Florence tour of Florence Artisans. It was amazing. It was the best tour !!!! Our Guide, Helen was fantastic. She took us to places we'd NEVER have been able to find on our own. She was friendly and very informative. In fact, local people were greeting us with such a warm reception which I can only attribute to the fact that she is a well known and liked friend to the city.review inserted on 2013-03-23 by Elaine Lam
I took two tours with Art Viva, and multiple tours with Aventurra Bellisima. Art Viva outperforms hands down. Their tour guides (Elizabeta and Klaus) were fantastic-- knowledgable, engaging, entertaining, and particularly Klaus on art-- he is a superstar art and history teacher. Also, the tour sizes were small <8. (Regrettably only one of Aventurra guides spoke English with sufficient facility to make the tour comprehensible and tour sizes were large 10-20). If I could do it again, I would have chosen Art Viva for all the tours.review inserted on 2013-03-22 by JT
We recently did 3 tours in Florence with Artviva and these were the most informative tours I have been on. In addition to the excellent information, you could tell that the guides LOVED their job. It was a pleasure to be on tours that were so interesting and with such enthusiastic and pleasant guides. I recommend this to anyone wanting to really learn about Florence , its art and its history and meaning.review inserted on 2013-03-21 by Robert Waters
The tours I did were really great, funny, scintillating, upbeat. Thanks Artviva!review inserted on 2013-02-24 by Ingrid Rebelson
Nice size for a tour group – not too big. Excellent coverage of the main issues in Renaissance history. Wonderful details – really enjoyed it. Thanks so much.review inserted on 2013-01-22 by Helen Campbell
The tour was most inspiring and bought Florence to life. Wonderful experience!review inserted on 2013-01-22 by Ann Gregory
I just wanted to write and thank you and your staff for our wonderful and informative walking tour of Florence. The tour helped us fall even more in love with your wonderful city. Thanks again and we hope to return in the near future for some more tours. Paulreview inserted on 2013-01-22 by Paul Edward Cook
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Helen, The Florence Walking Tour & David
Great Tour! Had Helen as our guide for the tour. Lots of great spots shown throughout florence, things/places only a insider would know. Family loved the info & perspective she gave; as well considerate of breaks, walking speed, time, etc. Would recommend Helen and the tour for any first timers. - the ha familyreview inserted on 2012-12-30 by Joyce Won Ha
Elisabetta, Uffizi Private Tour
Elisabetta was great! She is so knowledgeable, honest and quite hilarious. She tailored the tour to exactly the amount we needed as any gallery can get overwhelming. We walked with a better understanding of art/influences. In addition, we had some spare time, so she showed a few spots nearby, recommendations on places to eat, etc. Would definitely consider Art Viva and Elisabetta again. - the ha familyreview inserted on 2012-12-30 by Joyce Won Ha
Original Florence Walk & Uffizi Tour
Joined the Original Florence Walk (29 Sept 2012) and the Uffizi Tour (30 Sept 2012) after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor. Didn't disappoint. Learnt so much from enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides (sorry, can't remember names but english lady and american guy). Worth every penny. Thank you guys.review inserted on 2012-10-03 by Michelle Purchase
Florence and The David
We took two tours with Brenda and she was terrific! We would definitely use Artviva again. Brenda was personable, very knowledgeable, and made the tours as fun as they were informative.Jackie and Bob in Glastonbury, Connecticutreview inserted on 2012-10-01 by Jackie Callahan Parente
Yesterday we joined a 3 hours tour in Firenze with a guide named Klaas (I am sorry if I misspelled his name). He was fantastic, we really enjoyed and learned a lot new facts. Great, great, great! I highly recommend to everybody!Thank you : )Sergio and Pavlareview inserted on 2012-07-23 by Pavla Jurikova
Great bicycle tour of Tuscany
We took a bike tour with Jessica as our guide. She did a great job. We rode around Florence first, seeing the sights. Jessica explained many of them when we took brief breaks. Then we rode to the hills of Tuscany. She kept us moving, but made sure everyone stayed together, not pushing anyone too hard. Again, we took breaks and she described the buildings histories. Then some wine-tasting and olive oil tasting at a private winery overlooking the valley. We rode to see Galileo's house, then to an overlook that gave us a chance for more photos, and then back to Florence. Jessica did a wonderful job, and we highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Florence!review inserted on 2012-07-09 by Dave Hempstead
Thank you for a very informative, knowledgable series of tours which certainly enhanced our visit to Florence. The tours were conducted by passionate guides. We had an inspiring day. Many thanks Shari and Barry/Melbourne Australiaareview inserted on 2012-06-28 by Shari Armstrong
Florence Walking Tour
First of all, the transfer booked thur Artviva, arrived at our cruise ship was right on time and took us straight to the Florence Artviva office. Our walking guide, Sylvia, is an art history graduate and was great. She was on time, took us where we wanted, knew everything and told great stories. We were enthralled and had a great time. thanks again.review inserted on 2012-06-03 by Jeffrey Kaufman
review inserted on 2012-06-02 by Kathy Way Arning
I took the Cooking Class and Market tour (in San Lorenzo Market). It was awesome! The market had the most incredible fresh ingredients, and the most amazing seafood selection I have ever seen. The cooking class was extremely professional, and the lunch afterwards was great! I recommend this class for anyone.Markreview inserted on 2011-12-09 by John Brade
A truly life changing experience
Absolutely amazing.Words can hardly express how much we enjoyed our experience with ArtViva! From the minute we stepped in their lovely office, we felt attended, looked after and taken care of. The friendly staff advised us in detail of what would suit our tastes and knowledge best, and as they have so many beautiful tours to choose from, that help was very appreciated. Florence's cultural richness can be overwhelming, but relying on ArtViva made everything easy and utterly enjoyable for us.The small group walking tour of Florence exceeded all expectations. Our guide Paul was tremedous: a true Florence insider, with amazing knowledge of arts and culture, engaging story telling and great local tips you won't find in a guide book. The memories of the tour will stay with me and my sister for many many years. Booking with ArtViva is the best single thing you could do to have the ultimate Florence experience.Thank you, ArtViva.review inserted on 2011-12-07 by Aurelija Dugnaite
I did the uffizi tour and the guide was perfect in a way of comminicating with us and interestingly presenting the paintings....review inserted on 2011-11-29 by Sepideh Emami
Friendly and Knowledgable.
An essential part of visiting such an historical city as Florence is a smart, knowledgeable tour guide. Artvivas guides are fun, friendly and really know their stuff. Plus they know all those great places not on most guidebooks that only a passionate local world know. Dont even contemplate a visit to the Uffizi or Michaelangelos David without one!review inserted on 2011-11-24 by Eddi Frantz
Hightlight of Italian Trip
Thanks so much for the great walking tour we did in Florence in May. It was fun, informative and we were treated like VIPS! The guide made us feel welcome and got to know exactly what we were interested in seeing to make sure all was covered. If we had tried to do everything we did on the tour on our own, we would have spent days getting hopelessly lost! I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the art, architecture, history and the culture of Florence.review inserted on 2011-11-24 by Kathleen Marriott
Feels like you have hired a first-class guide from a first-class outfit – at a fraction of the price.
If you are the type to shy away from “packaged” tours, preferring to go it alone in a brand new city, Art Viva might just be your new BFF (best friend forever) when on tour in Florence. Comfortably small groups - instead of large crowds moving en-masse. Personalized insights by well-educated guides – instead of canned presentations. ArtViva’s walking tours are the next best thing to hiring a private art historian to walk you around this fabulous city – at a fraction of the price. Their 3-hour walking introduction to Florence’s history and a follow-up tour of the Uffizi dispelled all my preconceptions that tour groups were not for me. Even if you’ve been to Florence before, start your vacation off right in 3 quick hours. It will set the stage for a perfect stay.review inserted on 2011-11-22 by Caroline Beck
My husband and I had the good fortune of taking ArtViva tours of Florence while on our honeymoon. We started with the walking tour, followed by the David tour. We were so impressed we immediately signed up for the Uffizi tour the next day. The guides we had (Sasha/Sylvia & Brenda) were all amazing; they were incredibly knowledgable, friendly and spoke perfect English. What was best was their genuine enthusiam and love of the arts and history of Florence; their excitment was contagious and inspired us to want to know and learn more! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.Brigitte Reynoldsreview inserted on 2011-11-22 by Brigitte Reynolds
a wonderful experience!
I loved my tour, and the artviva staff were so great and extremely helpful!!review inserted on 2011-11-22 by Nadia LaMantia
Best tours I have ever been on! The guide's knowledge was just incredible, and I can't wait to come back to do more tours.review inserted on 2011-11-16 by Jade Farley
Educational and entertaining!
Our tour was great - very informative, and the guide just fabulous! He not only knew so much about the history, but also had a knack for storytelling that kept us all fascinated.review inserted on 2011-11-09 by Alexandra Buscaino
The Vatican Museum tour was without a question the VERY BEST guided tour we have ever had. Our guide was brilliant. He made it so interestinreview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
Perfect, fluent, clear concise speech. Wonderful stories of historical and cultural significance.A real exciting tour. Everyone in this groureview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
A fascinating tour that really brings the historic story of Venice to life – thank you for such a brilliant experience. All the extra inforeview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
Very well arranged and informative. Guides were knowledgeable and answered questions. Would recommend.review inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
History and humour
You were awesome! Great sense of humour and just enough history to make it fascinating. This was great tour – it met my every expectationreview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
Knowledge and tastes
Fantastic. Terrific knowledge presented in an interesting way. The tastings at the end are a real bonus. Thanks.review inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
Very knowledgeable, interesting and enthuasiastic. Our guide brief history of Michelangelo’s life and the description of the unfinished screview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
Wonderful, interesting facts, loved our great guide! Perfect for overall view and understanding from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Great! Grazreview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
The wisest choice
I cannot say enough good about this tour. This was the wisest choice I could have made for my first full day in Florence. Our guide was veryreview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
I avoid "tours" like the plague, but you made this tour extraordinary. Great job of signing us in efficiency and organization at the desk. Oreview inserted on 2011-07-17 by Richard Allen
non potete non fare questo tour, davvero imperdibile.review inserted on 2011-05-13 by Pietro Giannoni
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ho impiegato molto tempo a scegliere il tour giusto ma in questo caso credo di aver trovato veramente il meglio. Lo consiglio a tutti.Pietroreview inserted on 2011-05-12 by Pietro Giannoni