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!
We cannot imagine any other way to visit the Uffizi than with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Angelo was both -- funny and smart. He told stories: about the art and the artists and the Medicis and we came away understanding key concepts. We learned a lot and smiled the entire way. Thank you for a wonderful tour.
Our June9,2016- Original Florence Walking Tour with guide Barbara,was wonderful. Barbara was very informative about sights and history of Florence.We really enjoyed her and the beautiful sights. We would recommend your tours to anyone visiting Florence area.Thanks again,The Caiarelli's
I am forever grateful to the staff at Art Viva! My whole life, I had always wanted to see the Statue of David, and I made my request, and it was granted! I wanted to be there at a time that was not crowded so that I could take unobstructed photographs and drink in the Statue as long as I could. Elisabeta was amazing and incredibly informed about the Statue and Florence. She shared with me wonderful places in Florence that I never would have considered. I had my time with the Statue, and I will be forever grateful to her and to Celeste who manages Art Viva.
I was so impressed with having my own tour guide that I booked a small group tour for the following day through Art Viva and went to the Uffizi. Lovely as well.
I will recommend this company over and over again.
I owe a debt of gratitude. I felt so well taken care of and had my dream come true. I was so moved at being able to see the Statue of David completely unobstructed that I cried for hours afterward.
Thank you and cheers!
What a wonderful way to experience the best of Florence. Ismael and Elisabetta were charming, funny, and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with Florence, it's truly a gem.
We had an amazing time touring Florence and understood so much more due to the great guide we had with Artviva (Brenda). Being a local, she was passionate and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Florence. Definitely a 5/5!
Our tour guide was excellent. He provided a great many historical details about the monuments and building and the way of life in past centuries. He made the city past come alive in a very meaningful way. We could imagine Galileo or Michelangelo walking the same streets. Our 3 hours were over too soon. The guide was from Augtralia, but truly could relate Florence history in a fun way.
My family's ArtViva tours on Dec. 22, 2015 were everything we paid for. Brenda walked us around the city center pointing out the architecture, symbols, statues and great places to eat/hang out. Her in depth description of Michelangelo's David was so interesting, even my teens/young adults listened and remembered. Fantastic!
In the afternoon, Hilde was our guide through the Uffizie Galleries. She gave an art history lesson that was forever memorable. Again, the teen/20's kids were listening. We got so much out these private tours. Well worth it!
The tour was excellent. Our guide, Adrianne, was very knowledgeable and able to answer our many questions. She also went above and beyond her duty by helping keep our three-year-old entertained during the lunch so that we could enjoy ourselves without worry.
Step into another world and explore quintessential Venice at its most sumptuous best as we reveal the fascinating ancient world of the Gondola.
An exclusive trajectory through Venice’s most charming canals and intriguing waterways that weave through Venice's charming centre.
The safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to transfer you from Pisa airport to Florence (or vice-versa).
Avoid the hassle of using public transport and the stress of driving in Italy. Book a private driver to take you from the Pisa airport to the Florence city centre.
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.
'Cerca Trova' - seek and ye shall find. Follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon, discover Dante and see the Florence sites of Dan Brown's 'Inferno'.
This is the first tour to reveal Florence as you've never seen - through the eyes of Robert Langdon of Dan Brown's 'Inferno'.
Now an hour longer - 4 hours of Rome sightseeing with your expert guide!
More than just a tour, this is a passport to Rome as it was 2,000 years ago, a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Romans and the forces that shaped them.
Explore one of Tuscany’s most charming hilltop towns, with an expert tour guide.
On this 3-hour walking tour you will hear murder stories, see relics of famous saints, learn about the famous annual ‘Palio' horse race and much more!
See the most beautiful views from land and sea on this wonderfully-designed day tour to the Cinque Terre from Florence.
In a small group, enjoy a combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and a short boat trip between the atmospheric Cinque Terre villages, plus savour a typical Ligurian lunch.
The ease of a private vehicle and driver.
Book a private transfer service to drive you from Florence to Pisa or to collect you from the Pisa airport as soon as you arrive for a private transfer to Florence.
Once a prosperous Roman city, just south of the city of Naples, Pompeii became the stuff of legends. On 24th August 24, 79 AD the city of Pompeii and its inhabitants were buried alive under a violent eruption of volcano, Vesuvius. Almost perfectly preserved under a layer of volcanic rock, Pompeii's ruins, relics and ash body casts now present a hauntingly clear image of life in the 1st century.
A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming location.
Florence's dark, medieval past is brought to life on an exploration of this little-known historic quarter.
Nothing compares with seeing the splendid façade of St Mark's Basilica bathed in a golden afternoon light.
Embrace a millennium of glorious history as the sun glints off its domed sentinels and gleaming mosaics on this introduction to St Mark's Square and its splendid Basilica.
A marvellous introduction to St Mark's plus the Doge's Palace, with your own private Venice tour guide.
Discover the crossroads to the medieval world's most glorious homage to human ingenuity on a private tour spanning the centuries, from the Venice of Marco Polo to contemporary Venetian life.
See the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa with your own private tour guide.
No visit to Italy is complete without making the pilgrimage to see the Leaning Tower, a sublime accident, an icon of cityscape beauty and an astonishing monument to human will.
Choose your very own Tuscan wine adventure!
Visit vineyards and wineries in the stunningly beautiful and world-famous Tuscan wine production zones with an expert in Italian wines as your private tour guide.
Step out of the classroom and onto the city streets on this unique and interactive Italian lesson tour. 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 wine 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.
Delve into Italy's food culture on this sumptuous private tour of food in Florence!
Spend a morning with a local foodie expert who is passionate about Italian cuisine, an authority in fresh local ingredients and highly skilled at creating typical and delicious Tuscan recipes.
An absolute first in Florence.
From the outrageous lifestyles of the well-known and well-to-do to the sordid skeletons in Florence's closet, discover the outragous occurances that rocked the Renaissance on Florence's most unique private tour.
Enjoy a wine tasting in Venice with a Sommelier in some of Venice’s most charming, typical ‘Bacari’ food and wine bars.
Taste typical Venetian ‘cicchetti’, plus visit the world-famous Rialto Bridge and marke on this great private tour in Venice!
A unique way to learn how to appreciate and enjoy wine!
This is an event like no other in Florence - a fun, lively explanation led by our spectacular and distinguished patron presenters including Prince Duccio Corsini, Count Niccolò Capponi and Count Sebastiano Capponi.
Experience your very own exclusive after-hours access to the Vatican.
Nothing compares to exclusive access to the world’s most famous museum. Your expert historian tour guide will bring the masterpieces of the Vatican to life on this exclusive and unique thing to do during your visit in Rome.
Delve into Italy's great culinary history on this great one-day cookery course in Tuscany. In the kitchen of a historic 13th century Tuscan Villa estate, learn the culinary secrets behind the world-famous Tuscan cuisine as you prepare an unforgettable traditional 5-course meal.
Learn to prepare a delicious 4-course meal comprised of traditional Tuscan recipes, in the kitchen of a historic 13th century Tuscan villa estate. Discover the secrets behind making a delectable traditional meal in a cookery experience suitable for all skill levels.
This exclusive Florence tour is a great way to explore the city with a private tour guide.
See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery and enjoy a brief introduction to Florence's historical city centre.
Be collected from Florence City Centre for a private transfer to Livorno Harbour Cruise Pier.
Our private driver can meet you at your Florence accommodation, the local railway station or other location of choice.
Glide along the Venetian canals in a private gondola, with musicians to serenade you.
What could be more splendid than this exclusive Venice experience enjoyed as the sun sets and the city winds down for the evening?
Have your children explore and learn more about Florence with our great guides on our tours designed to engage even the youngest of travellers.
Our guides are wonderful at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.
Enjoy a fabulous half day bike tour through the Chianti countryside.
Stunning views of classic Chianti countryside, gourmet lunch, wine and olive oil tasting, Tuscan villa cellar visit, the most beautiful church in Tuscany and a great bi-lingual guide.
A lesson in how to turn the most simplest ingredients into delectable Italian dishes.
Discover how to make three kinds of fantastic home-made pasta plus perfectly paired sauces, as well as a delicious Italian dessert!
Set off on a discovery of the evolution of style, sashaying 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.
The great Baroque artist who truly upset the establishment.
Artemisia Gentileschi broke many boundaries during the Renaissance, not least for being a female artist accepted into the Accademia di Arte del Disegno.
Learn to row gondola-style in an exclusive activity with a great English-speaking guide in this easy and entertaining gondola class.
Glide through Venice's prettiest canals and out into the Venetian lagoon as you learn how to be a Gondolier on this private lesson!
Adopt a Vine with Prince Duccio Corsini
Enjoy a unique insider's view by becoming a personal “stakeholder” in the vintage of a prestigious wine, gaining your own piece of Tuscany to treasure as you tour the most magnificent wine estate in Tuscany.
In the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the greatest art hubs of all time, be welcomed into the private studio of a local artist for a lesson on oil painting or sculpting in clay.
Individual instruction ensures this workshop suitable for all ages and skill levels - from complete novices to more experienced artists wanting to gain insight into Florence’s art scene and to meet local artists.
Spend a morning or afternoon brainstorming with an Italian Vogue fashion editor on the latest trends and future of fashion.
This short workshop is a unique opportunity to spend a few exhilirating hours head-to-head with a leading player in the fashion world.
Restyle yourself with the help of one fashion's greatest insiders.
There's nothing more fabulous than giving yourself a new look with the best of the best in Milan with the help of one of the industry's experts.
An enchanting private walking tour exploring an authentic Sicilian town with a fascinating history that dates back to 734 BC.
Be accompanied by an expert guide on an exploration of this charming Sicilian village.
Tour the splendid palace built by the wealthy Pitti family - Medici rivals - in the 15th century.
Today, the Pitti Palace is the biggest museum complex in Florence, housing 5 museums with a diverse collection of art and artefacts ranging from the opulent private living quarters to 16th and 17th century paintings (in the Palatine Gallery) and even a Costume Gallery.
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.
The Capitoline Museum boasts an impressive collection of ancient sculpture plus various 16th and 17th century paintings by the most famous artists of the era.
Discover the great treasures within this historical museum in Rome that dates back to 1471.
Visit the Borghese Galleries, housed 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 in their original settings.
In the Middle Ages, business in Venice was booming and the merchant class was rich and powerful.
This private tour focuses on a time when Venice was one of Italy's most important ports, the Western gateway to the silk route, trading exotic spices from the East.
Partake in the search for a lost Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece, "La battaglia di Anghiari".
Experience the thrill of being on the spot of an exciting investigation into the whereabouts of the greatest masterpiece ever done, lost for over five centuries in a stunning medieval palace in Florence.
A private tour of Ostia. After a grand past as ancient Rome's naval base and major commercial port, this seaside town fell into obscurity.
After centuries of abandon, 19th-century excavations uncovered some of the best preserved ruins of the ancient world to explore on this private Rome.
A private transfer to the nearest water access to your accommodation in Venice city centre.
You are free to choose from any of the following Venice terminals for your pick-up: Train Station Santa Lucia, Stazione Marittima Pier, San Basillo Pier, Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto.
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.
Gain a whole new perspective on the Eternal City with an evening tour with private transport.
See all of the most important sights when the stars are out and the city lights are turned on for the evening.
Rome is a big city, what better way to see all of the places you want to visit than with a driving tour!
Touring Rome by car is a great way to visit all of the important sights in Rome with a limited amount of time.
Visit a world-heritage listed landmark with the world’s leading Art Sleuth.
Be part of attempts to solve the last truly great art mystery, searching for what is probably the greatest missing masterpiece ever by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Spend time with one of the foremost art experts explaining to you personally what to look for when purchasing a masterpiece.
For credentials your expert can offer the world’s largest private data base on masterpieces and thirty years of experience examining masterpieces
Set the perfect backdrop for a romantic proposal in Tuscany! A discreet chauffer-guide will transport you to the perfect romantic location where you enjoy a gourmet picnic with sparkling wine under the shade of olive trees over looking stunning views.
Step into some of Italy's most beautiful scenery on a private tour of Capri and the Blue Grotto.
Meeting in Naples, be taken by private transfer to the nearby Port, from where you will cross the stunning stretch of sea to the picturesque island of Capri.
A 4-hour return transfer with your own personal driver in a private vehicle from Florence's city centre to Pisa.
Savour your time in Pisa by visiting the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower at your leisure.
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.
Be involved in finding a lost Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece and enjoy our internationally renowned Uffizi Gallery tour.
All major international news agencies are poised to catch the latest findings and National Geographic has purchased film rights to cover the search.
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 Galileo himself. Step back in time as you explore the wonders of the Galileo Museum with your own private tour 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!
More than a city, Venice is a living museum.
Our walking tour spans the centuries beginning with the Venice of Marco Polo and ending with contemporary Venetian life and the race against time to save the city from sinking into the canals on which it was built.
See the ancient craft of glass making protected for centuries in one of Venice's most illustrious glass artisan work shops.
With a private skipper and guide accompanying you, glide through picturesque canals, out to Venice lagoon and to the island of glass on a luxury motorboat.
Begin your evening in Venice with a dreamy gondola ride down Venice's beautiful canals.
Once the only mode of transportation in Venice, a gondola ride is still the best way to see the city as the Venetians did hundreds of years ago.
Visit three of Venice's islands in your own private motor boat! Take a break from the crowds with this very special tour of three of the lesser known islands, each with a unique history and beauty all its own.
Visit two exclusive private Renaissance Villa estates in the heart of Chianti for wine tastings and an extra olive oil tasting.
Truly enjoy some of the best sights and traditional tastes of Tuscany's famous wine country whilst being guided through the stunning historic wine and olive oil cellars.
Visit the centuries old country residences of Roman Emperors and Nobility! Once the playground of the most powerful and influential of the Roman citizenry, Tivoli is an idyllic little town just 30 minutes drive from Rome and home to some of the most important villas ever constructed.
The famous "Five Lands" on the stunning Ligurian coast on a one-day private tour from Florence along the Italian Riviera.Tour the Cinque Terre, a world-renowned coastal area comprised of some of the Mediterranean's most picturesque seaside villages.
Tour one of the oldest monuments in Florence, the Baptistery, the cathedral and crypt, plus the newly-renovated Opera del Duomo Museum, with the best guides of Florence!
Also offers you access to Brunelleschi's Dome and to climb Giotto's Bell Tower at your own leisure.
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.
Utilising our exclusive contacts, enjoy exclusive access to private palaces all over Italy.
You'll also meet the aristocratic and ancient families that have cared for their historic residences for hundreds of years.
Your guide on this exclusive experience will be an internationally-renowned wine expert specialised on Tuscan wines.
Tuscany’s top wine producers will open their Tuscan wine estate doors to you, as you meet Italy’s most famous wine-producing families and taste their surperb wines on this exclusive Tuscan wine tasting class.
A private, interactive performance in historically-correct, high-quality costume in a famous Florentine Museum.
You and your group will also have exclusive access to secret corridors and be able to speak with a ‘Renaissance figure’ about life in times past.
An exclusive and unique experience.
One of the last great artisanal perfumers of Europe - an Italian nobleman-philosopher turned world-renowned master parfumier - takes you on a journey into your senses, memories, wishes and hopes to create an all natural haute couture perfume just for you, in the atelier of a Renaissance palazzo with stunning views over the Florentine rooftops.
Visit the enchanting city of Lucca.
This is one of only a very few cities left in all of Italy to still be surrounded by ancient Renaissance walls, allowing it to retain much of its original distinctive character.
This tour is the ideal choice if you want to spend your day exclusively on the Amalfi Coast. It is truly one of the most charming excursions in the world and is the best tour if you want to discover the coastline of the Amalfi Coast.
Visit a glass factory on the island of Murano to explore the creation of glass masterworks.
Enjoy the luxury of being collected from your hotel* on Venice island, and being taken to visit Murano's greatest artisans at work on this motorboat transfer - free with our Venice in One Glorious Day Package.
Visit Assisi and Perugia, the most famous of Umbria's hilltop towns, on a private Umbria tour from Florence.
Umbria is one of the country's most beautiful and unspoiled regions, a pastoral expanse of rolling green hills dotted with small farms and stunning hilltop villages dating to the Middle Ages.
Tour one of Rome’s most important and grand museums, the Borghese Gallery, plus its surrounding stunning gardens!
Housing an immense collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes by famous artists such as Caravaggio and Bernini, the Borghese Gallery is a definite must-see in Rome.
The splendours of Sicily's capital of contrasts, whose complex and colourful history dates back some 2,700 years.
Discover the fascinating city of Palermo through an exploration of the must-see sights.