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!
Maximise your time in Florence with a private transfer from the cruise ship port of Livorno to Florence.
Our transfers offer you the safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to pick you up as you disembark and whisk you off to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence for the ultimate shore excursion.
Step into another world and explore the quintessential essence of ‘The Floating City’ via its favourite mode of transportation: the Gondola. Traverse the charming canals and weave through the intriguing waterways to enjoy a glimpse of the glory days from long ago.
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.
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.
Enjoy 4 hours of sightseeing with own your expert guide! This experience is your passport to Rome as it was 2,000 years ago, with a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Romans and the forces that shaped them.
See the most beautiful views from land and sea on this wonderfully-designed day excursion. In a small group, enjoy a combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and a short boat trip between the atmospheric villages, plus feast on a typical Ligurian lunch.
Explore one of Italy’s most charming hilltop towns, with a true local authority on the area. This 3-hour walking adventure will introduce you to the history of the famous annual ‘Palio’ horse race as well as the mystery and intrigue of the town’s tales of murder and scandal. Also enjoy the opportunity to see Siena’s stunning collection of beautiful religious relics, artefacts and architecture.
'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.
Enjoy a private visit with one of our expert guides to this once prosperous Roman city, which is now the stuff of legends. On 24th August, 79 AD the city of Pompeii and its inhabitants were buried alive under the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Almost perfectly preserved under a layer of volcanic rock, the remaining ruins, relics and bodies now cast 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 local establishment. Experience the dark, medieval past as it is brought to life during this unique exploration of the little-known but notable quarter.
Join our guides for an introduction to the iconic piazza and basilica of St Mark’s. Timed to give you access to the church during quiet periods, you’ll get a perspective on the city’s history that will enhance your stay.
Take in this majestic and scientific peculiarity synonymous with one of Italy’s most iconic structures. Learn about this intriguing landmark, its history as well as its reputation as a testament to the power of human will.
Visit St Mark’s Square and the magnificent Doge’s Palace during this 2-hour adventure with your own personal guide. Get a taste of Venetian life, history and culture across the centuries during this in-depth exploration of its most wondrous sights.
Choose your very own Tuscan wine adventure! Visit vineyards and wineries in this stunningly beautiful and world-famous wine producing region. Enjoy an exciting day of sampling the finest local wines under the expert tutelage of our professional guide.
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.
Watch as the capital’s most important sites come to life! Explore this bustling metropolis with a captivating guide who will lead you on a romp through the history of the city’s illustrious architecture, politics and culture.
Delve into Italy's great culinary history on this one-day cookery course in Tuscany. In the kitchen of a historic 13th-century villa estate, learn the secrets behind the world-famous regional cuisine as you prepare an unforgettable traditional 5-course meal.
Learn to prepare a delicious 4-course meal comprised of traditional recipes, in the kitchen of a historic 13th-century villa estate. Discover the secrets behind making a delectable traditional meal on a cookery experience suitable for all skill levels.
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.
Explore the less celebrated, but all the more tantalising, history of scandal and drama during this unique tour of the city. Fame and fortune during the Renaissance inevitably generated numerous scandals, notorious reputations and epic rumours. From the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous to their crimes of passion, hear all the juicy and sordid details behind the dramas that rocked the world of this high society.
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.
See the riot of colors and personalities that define Naples on a visit handcrafted exclusively for you. With your own guide, you’ll explore one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
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.
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.
Under the expert tutelage of our knowledgeable guides, learn to truly appreciate and understand Venice the way it deserves. Visit some of the lesser known historic sites and enjoy an in-depth look at the magnificent art and architecture that can be found around every corner.
Glide along the charming canals and waterways in style during this private gondola ride complete with serenading musical accompaniment. As the sun sets across the lagoon, you’ll relish the stunning views and enjoy the gentle breeze as it ushers in a romantic evening for two.
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.
Take advantage of our expert personal guides for the ultimate exploration of the ‘City of Canals’. Be entertained by the stories and the history behind this magnificent world as told by your own walking-talking fountain of knowledge!
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!
Experience the magnificent Grand Canal in this truly unique way complete with luxurious water transportation that will whisk you off to the most breath-taking views, famous film locations, and grand palaces. Hear all about the mystery, intrigue and scandals that have been born from this sumptuous landscape, and enjoy a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
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.
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.
Walk the ruins and monuments of the ancient capital as the stars come out and the night lights come on. What better way to begin your evening than with a full evening’s exploration of the most famous sights and scenes after dark?
Delve into the famous Catacombs and explore the world under, and beyond, the ancient walls. Also, enjoy and introduction to the Appian Way, which was the most famous road to the capitol. The structure and design of the Appian Way is still regarded as an amazing feat of engineering. It has influenced urban planners all over the world for centuries.
Experience the simple pleasures that make this area one of Italy’s most famous, and loved regions. The magnificent countryside plays host to a half-day full of hiking, followed by a feast of the freshest local delicacies, accompanied (as always!) by the best regional wines.
Become a personal “stakeholder” in the vintage of a prestigious wine when you book this unique insider’s tour led by an Italian prince. Acquire your own piece of Tuscany to treasure as you tour the most magnificent vineyards in the region.
From Florence City Center to Fiesole (or vise versa)
The convenience of a driver to meet you at Florence's Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station, or any central Florence city location/hotel, to accompany you to your accommodation in Fiesole (or vise versa).
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!
Learn to navigate the city’s gorgeous canals and stunning lagoon at your own speed with one of our unique rowing classes. Our great English-speaking instructor will guide you through all the techniques and skills needed to become an expert Gondolier in no time!
Spend a morning or afternoon brainstorming with an Italian Vogue fashion editor on the latest as well as future trends. This short workshop is a unique opportunity to spend a few exhilarating hours head-to-head with a leading player in the fashion world.
Enjoy an enchanting private walking tour exploring an authentic Sicilian settlement with a fascinating history that dates back to 734 BC. One of our expert guides will lead you on an exploration of this charming Sicilian city.
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.
Immerse yourself in this in-depth exploration of Venice’s greatest pieces of art and architecture. Surround yourself in the city’s beauty and history to fully appreciate its cultural and artistic contributions to the world at large.
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.
The Capitoline Museum boasts an impressive collection of ancient sculptures, plus various 16th and 17th century paintings by the most famous artists of the era. Discover the great treasures within this historic museum that dates back to 1471.
Visit the Borghese Galleries, found 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 for your pleasure in their original settings.
Delve into the city’s history of affluence and glamour during its glory days as Italy’s most important import and export epicentre. With great wealth, originating from the trade of exotic spices and silk, came immense power, used for both good and evil.
Enjoy a personalised exploration of Ostia. During its glory days, the seaside town of Ostia was the capital’s primary naval base and a major commercial port. However, abandoned for centuries, it wasn’t until 19th-century excavations uncovered some of the best preserved ruins of the ancient world, which we can visit today in this picturesque and historic Italian town.
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.
Enjoy gaining a completely unique view of Rome at night from the comfort of your own privately chauffeured vehicle. See the capital come alive at night as well as some of its most famous sights by the light of the stars.
Explore the vast reaches of the capital in the most comfortable and efficient way possible: by car! Relax and enjoy the sights while your knowledgeable private chauffeur expertly navigates through the streets and roadways of this bustling metropolis and its finest landmarks.
The power of faith and the utter devotion of the Italian people can be found in every corner of this beautiful city. Explore a personally selected number of beautiful churches, and enjoy the unique experience of visiting the eerie catacombs where the faithful were buried.
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.
Get engaged in one of the world’s most amorous cities! A discreet chauffeur-guide will transport you to a romantic outdoor location, where you will enjoy a gourmet picnic with prosecco under the shade of olive trees in a grove overlooking stunning views.
Explore one of the most charming and unique cities in the world while gliding around on a traditional gondola. View the beauty of this metropolis both on foot, and by water, as part of this bespoke introduction to the authentic Venice.
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.
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.
Step into some of Italy's most beautiful scenery on a private tour of Capri and the Blue Grotto. Meeting in Naples, you’ll 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.
This private tour of Como and its splendid lake includes a visit to a luxurious villa, plus a decadent restaurant lunch with wine on one of the islands. What better way to become acquainted with this beautiful region?
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.
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!
Walk the streets that have stood the test of time and explore the tales and mysteries it now has to tell. Enjoy a 4 hour, in-depth, adventure that spans the centuries from the days of Marco Polo to the contemporary ways of Venetian life today. Observe first-hand the efforts that are being made to save this floating museum from sinking into its own canals, and appreciate the enormous significance the city has played in the past, and continues to play today.
See the ancient art of glass making in one of Venice's most illustrious artisan workshops. With a personal skipper and guide accompanying you aboard a luxury motorboat, glide through picturesque canals out to the lagoon, and then on to the island of glass.
Begin your evening with a dreamy ride down Venice's beautiful canals. Once the only mode of transportation, a gondola ride is still the best way to see this floating paradise through the eyes of the Venetians from yesteryear.
Visit three of these beautiful islands on your own chartered 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 unto its own.
Visit two private estates in the heart of Chianti for an exclusive tasting experience. Relax and enjoy some of the best, and most authentic, sights and tastes of one of Italy's most famous wine counties.
Visit this country residence of the ancient Roman elite which is just as beautiful today as it was centuries ago! Once the playground of the most powerful and influential of the Roman citizenry, Tivoli is an idyllic little town just a 30 minute drive from the capital, and is home to some of the most important villas ever constructed.
Explore the famous "Five Lands" on the stunning Ligurian coast with a one-day private excursion from Florence along the Italian Riviera. Discover the world-renowned coastal area comprised of some of the Mediterranean's most picturesque seaside villages.
The darker side of this medieval town is full of chilling tales and mysteries. Where prosperity and power abounds so do the rumours and scandals. This evening walk explores the city after dark and recounts the stories of the souls who may never leave.
This is the ideal choice if you want to spend your day exclusively on the Amalfi Coast. It is truly one of the most charming coastlines in the world and you’ll discover the best of its charms with our local guide.
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.
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!
Join our internationally-renowned expert specialising in the Tuscan region as he introduces you to top viticulturalists and their estates. You’ll meet Italy’s most famous wine-producing families and taste their superb products on this exclusive Tuscan wine tasting class.
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.
Visit the enchanting and historic city of Lucca. Follow in the footsteps of medieval society in the time of the Renaissance during this unique excursion to one of the last remaining cities still fortified by the ancient walls built centuries ago.
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!
Visit Assisi and Perugia, Umbria's most famous hilltop towns, on a private visit leaving 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 from the Middle Ages.
Enjoy being whisked away for the day to the fabulous island of Murano! There, you can witness the talent, artistry, and perhaps magic, that goes into crafting the finest quality glass masterworks. The city’s history and splendour come together magnificently during this fascinating trip.
We will introduce you to the splendors of a capital of contrasts, whose complex and colourful history dates back some 2,700 years. Discover the fascinating city through an exploration of the must-see sights.
Join one of our experts as they show you the grandiose Borghese Gallery with its unsurpassed collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes by famous artists such as Caravaggio and Bernini. Set in exquisitely landscaped gardens, this is an unmissable experience.