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.
I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.
During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!
We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.
We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.
Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.
We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.
My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!
My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!
Step back in time through more than 2,000 years of tantalising and tumultuous history to find out how this glorious city became one of the most important art centres of all time. See fabulous masterpieces and hear about the astounding events that happened here which shocked the Florentines...
'Cerca Trova' – seek and ye shall find. On this excursion, see the sites that inspired the author Dan Brown to write Inferno, and have a glimpse through the eyes of the protagonist, the fictional sleuth Robert Langdon.
If you’re short on time, we have the ideal excursion for you. Our good-humoured guide will accompany you on a 2.5 hour walk around the city to take in its sites and stories, as well as giving you pre-reserved access to the Accademia.
A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming local establishment. Experience the dark, medieval past as it is brought to life during this unique exploration of the little-known but notable quarter.
Let us organise a captivating evening for you in Florence with our wine tasting and speaker event. Join distinguished patron presenters such as Prince Duccio Corsini, Count Niccolò Capponi and Count Sebastiano Capponi for inspirational entertainment.
Delve into Italy's passionate love affair with food and the intimate role it plays in the country’s culture. Spend a morning with a local foodie sampling Italian delicacies and the fresh local ingredients. Learn the secrets behind creating traditional and delicious Tuscan feasts.
Step out of the classroom and onto the city streets on this unique and interactive Italian lesson. Great for all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced Italian language enthusiasts, this is a relaxed but informative language class that teaches you the essential phrases for everyday living in Italy.
This informal yet informative lesson will lead you through the basic techniques of one of the most pleasant professions in the world – that of Sommelier! Our friendly expert will invite you to taste three traditional Italian wines, imparting their valuable wisdom as they go.
Our unparalleled guides will unveil the secrets of one of the oldest monuments in the city, the Baptistery, plus the newly-renovated Opera del Duomo Museum. Don’t miss the chance to access the crypt of the cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome and climb Giotto's Bell Tower at your own leisure.
Let our great guides help your children explore and learn about this magical destination. You and the kids will be taken on adventures designed to engage even the youngest of travellers! We are experts at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.
Enjoy a fabulous half day bike ride through the Chianti countryside. Traverse the rolling hills and sumptuous valleys that can only be found in the classic Chianti countryside. Work up a hearty appetite in preparation for a gourmet lunch, with the added treat of sampling local delicacies and olive oil. Our excellent bi-lingual excursion leader will take you on a visit to a traditional villa and will incorporate a stop at one of the most beautiful churches found in the area.
Get an exclusive look into the sumptuous and decadent world of the Medici Chapels with the aid of a personal guide. Set within the glorious San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are magnificent installations paying homage to the talent and ingenuity of the architecture and sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries.
A lesson in how to turn the simplest of ingredients into delectable Italian dishes. Discover how to make three kinds of fantastic homemade pasta plus perfectly paired sauces, as well as a delicious Italian dessert!
Enjoy an introduction to one of the greatest Baroque artists and pioneers of her time. Artemisia Gentileschi broke many boundaries during the Renaissance: foremost among these was her admission to the Accademia di Arte del Disegno – a first for a woman!
Set off on a discovery of the evolution of style and sashay through the colourful past of Italian fashion. Explore the lives and styles of two of the most creative minds the fashion world has ever seen: Ferragamo and Gucci.
Explore the splendid palace built by the wealthy Pitti family – Medici rivals – in the 15th century. Today this historic palazzo is the biggest museum campus in the city, housing 5 museums with an eclectic array of art and artefacts. Romp through collections ranging from opulent private living quarters, to 16th and 17th century paintings (in the Palatine Gallery) and a Costume Gallery.
See local artisans producing some of the city’s most famous traditional handicrafts. This exclusive Artisan's Workshop tour takes you into a world that cannot be found anywhere else but in the ancient streets of this glorious destination.
This is the only bicycle expedition to include a swim and the time to laze away the afternoon! Enjoy a leisurely ride from Florence Tuscan countryside, before stopping at a historic estate for a cellar visit, wine tasting, traditional lunch and access to the estate pool.
Indulge in a great shopping trip that simply overflows with style (and shopping bags!) in the company of a local fashionista. Discover tips for the best locations, the best prices and find the most unique items with our fashion-savvy shopping guru.
Search for the lost Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece, "La Battaglia di Anghiari", lost for over 5 centuries. You’ll experience the thrill of being at the heart of an exciting investigation into the whereabouts of one of the greatest masterpieces ever created!
Join the world’s leading 'art sleuth' on a visit through a world-heritage listed landmark while you learn about his work to solve the last truly great art mystery: the search for Leonardo Da Vinci's greatest missing masterpiece.
Housing one of the world's most famous statues - Michelangelo's David - the Accademia museum is a must-see for any visit to Florence.
Whilst you don't want to skip seeing this masterpiece, you may want to skip the longest lines to enter. Book ahead for the fastest entry possible.
Explore the quiet and calm of the city during the most tranquil moment of the day on our unique jogging expedition. See the façades of some of the most breathtaking buildings illuminated by the first rays of Tuscan sunshine and glimpse the most famous piazzas bathed in early-morning light. An opportunity not to be missed.
You don't have to be a science buff to appreciate this wondrous and well-organised little gem of a museum. The Museo Galileo is home to the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself. Step back in time as you explore the wonders of the Galileo Museum with your own expert guide.
Enjoy a slice of the good life on this ultimate local experience. Be treated to a wine tasting of a traditional estate’s award-winning wines, as well as a cellar visit and gourmet lunch, before having time to laze beside a private pool with stunning views of hilly countryside.
Immerse yourself in the classic Tuscan countryside for a few hours. Relax poolside at an exclusive private estate with stunning views of the landscape. What’s more, you can also enjoy a traditional lunch with superb local wine!
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.
Enjoy a private, interactive performance in historically-correct, high-quality costume in a famous Florentine Museum. You and your group will also have access to secret corridors and be able to speak with a ‘Renaissance figure’ about life in times past.
Design your own unique scent with one of the last great artisanal perfumers of Europe. This Italian nobleman-philosopher turned world-renowned master parfumier will explore your memories, wishes and hopes to create your all-natural haute couture perfume, in the atelier of a Renaissance palazzo with stunning views of Florence.
Looking to turn the dream of your Italian experience into a reality? Our insider contacts will make sure that you enjoy exclusive access to private palaces all over Italy. Meet the aristocratic and ancient families who occupy these historic residences. It’s your tour, your way: the possibilities are endless!
Embark on an exclusive guide around one of the oldest monuments in the city. The Baptistery, the cathedral and crypt, plus the newly-renovated Opera del Duomo Museum are all waiting to be discovered with the aid of one of our knowledgeable guides. This visit also offers access to Brunelleschi's Dome and the chance to climb Giotto's Bell Tower at your leisure – enjoy the view!