Florence

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:
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We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:
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Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

On 2017/07/08
Jennifer said:
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Made Florence and Venice come alive!

My Zicasso travel agent booked tours through ArtViva for myself and my husband. We were so pleased she did! In Venice Leticia took us on the water by gondola and speed boat; this is the way to see Venice! Then Tatiana took us through St. Mark's and Doge's Palace, helping us understand the symbolism, art, and history of these places. In Florence, Rodrigo led us to better understand the David and spent time going into our questions with thoughtfulness. A 3 hour walking tour with Kate opened our eyes to what was in plain sight! We would not have understood Florence without her! Finally, the piece de resistance was Klaas and the tour of the Ufizzi Gallery. His storytelling and excitement was effervescent! We adding his tour because of the pleasure we had on the other booked tours, and I'm so glad that Klaas was our last ArtViva tour - what a beautiful ending to being in Florence! Thank you, ArtViva, for making these two cities come alive. I was so pleased with your guides, professional office staff, and joy!

On 2017/07/03
Stan Capper said:
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Great Tour

What a great tour! We were lucky to have Catherine (Cate) as our tour guide. She has such passion for the art and has such a breadth of knowledge that she expertly and clearly imparts from start to finish. I heard her and another guide remarking to each other about never having seen the museum so crowded, but she would not let the crowds keep her from putting us right in front of all the works she wanted to show us. The information she provided illuminated each piece to a stunning degree. It was perhaps the best tour of an art museum we've ever experienced. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you're lucky enough to have Catherine as your guide. I felt bad for her because the heat and crowds put us behind at the start, but she kept her poise and remained calm and got us through a remarkable tour.

On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

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.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:
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Artviva guides set a high standard

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.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:
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Florence walking tour

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!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:
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Just A Fantastic Tour

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.

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Florence Tours in One Glorious Day (or two)

Make the most of our guides’ expert knowledge with three of our most popular excursions in one excellent package! Get a feel for the real Florence in intimate groups as you explore the city’s world-famous art and architecture.

Package includes:

  • The Original Florence Walk
  • Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery
  • The Original David and Accademia Museum Visit
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Tuscany Hike & Bike: A Special Offer on Two Active Tours

Take advantage of our special offer on ArtViva's active Tuscany tours, Perfect Morning: Hiking in Tuscany and The Original Tuscany Bike Tour!

Package includes:

  • Perfect Morning: Hiking in Tuscany
  • The Original Tuscany Bike Tour
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The Best of Florence and Tuscany Package

Make the most of our guides’ expert knowledge with three of our most popular excursions in one excellent package! Get a feel for the real Florence in intimate groups as you explore the city’s world-famous art and architecture.

Package includes:

  • The Original Florence Walk
  • The Best of Tuscany Tour
  • Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery
  • The Original David and Accademia Museum Visit
€ 29.00

The Original Florence Walk

Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past. 
€ 49.00

Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery

Ours is the only guided visit that covers both levels of the iconic Uffizi Gallery, giving you the best view of art’s greatest masterpieces. As featured in a BBC World documentary with Michael Palin, it offers easy access to the world-famous art museum.
€ 36.00

The Original David and Accademia Museum Visit

Visit the Accademia and watch art and history be brought to life by our guides. Ours is the only tour that focuses solely on Michelangelo and his statue of David, allowing you to marvel at the masterpiece and discover its story in a small group.
 
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€ 100.00

My Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!)

Experience the beauty and romance of Florence with your own personal guide when you book a place on this discounted package that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.
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€ 49.00

Original Florence Walk & David Tour

See Florence’s urban history come to life on this exclusive guided visit of the historic centre that also includes a viewing of Michelangelo's original David at the Accademia. Focusing on the historically-rich areas north of the river and to the west of Santa Croce, you’ll be flipping through the proverbial pages of over 2,000 years of tantalizing history.
€ 39.00

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: Adults Only

From the shocking lifestyles of the rich and famous to the seedy underbelly of the city’s past, this absolute first for Florence tours invites you to hear about the scandals that rocked the Renaissance.
 
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€ 166.50

Tuscan Truffle Hunt

Venture into the Tuscan countryside led by an expert truffle hunter to discover the mysterious world of this elusive and astonishingly expensive tuber, beloved by top chefs and gastronomes the world over for their unique, earthy, intense flavors and dubbed ‘the diamond of the kitchen’ by French epicure Brillat-Savarin.
€ 99.00

Perfect Morning: Hiking in Tuscany

Discover quintessential Tuscany in the company of an intimate group, led by one of our experts. Hiking on winding country paths, unsurpassed stunning rural vistas, a famous hilltop town, an exclusive Renaissance villa, and a delicious regional restaurant lunch with wine all await you.
€ 79.00

The Original Tuscany Bike Tour

Riding out from Florence, experience a fun and fabulous half-day ride through the splendid countryside. With a traditional lunch at a famous restaurant and a cellar visit and wine tasting at a stunning Renaissance villa, this excursion will exercise your legs and your tastebuds!
€ 36.00

An Evening Walk - Murders, Mystery & Wine!

The charming medieval Oltrarno quarter hides a dark and mysterious past. Let our experts lead you through its intriguing history on this unique twilight adventure, before taking the edge off with a glass of Italian wine.
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€ 49.00

Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery - A Private Tour

Our expert Uffizi Gallery guides weave stories about the artists who changed the face of art forever. Join them to discover the masterpieces of this world-famous museum.
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€ 20.00

The Original Florence Walk - A Private Tour

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...
€ 74.00

Italian Passions - Food & Wine

Shop not just like a local, but actually with a local! Delve into Italy's gastronomic culture on this fun and tasty food experience, including more tastings than any other package of its kind.
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€ 66.25

A Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour - Dante's Florence

'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.
€ 98.00

Grape Stomping in Tuscany

Step and stomp back in time on this fun adventure. As part of one of our favorite tours of Tuscany, partake in a private pressing in the old-fashioned way – with a grape stomping!
€ 64.00

Sites & Statues - Florentine Stories & Michelangelo's David

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.
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€ 52.00

Uffizi Gallery & Bargello Sculpture Museum

Enjoy the best of The Renaissance period’s masterpieces with a 2 hour guided exploration of the Uffizi Gallery, followed by a 1-hour visit to one the greatest Florentine treasures - the Bargello.
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€ 24.00

A Guided Evening Stroll

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.
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€ 99.00

Florence: Our Most Exclusive and Distinguished Tour

Book your group onto this exceptional, personal journey led by one of Europe’s most distinguished historians who brings Florence's fascinating history comes to life.
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€ 27.50

Artists, Authors and Aristocrats with ArtViva

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.
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€ 74.00

Michelangelo’s Medici Tour

Let our expert guides offer you a unique perspective on the world’s greatest artist. We unravel the complex web woven between Michelangelo and his powerful yet demanding patrons, the Medici family. 
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€ 97.50

Italian Passions - Food & Wine Tour

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.
€ 49.00

Streets & Speaks: A Touring Italian Lesson

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.
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€ 42.50

Jewish Florence

Discover the rich local Jewish history of the Renaissance on a visit to some of Florence's most impressive sites.
€ 49.00

Learn to be a Sommelier

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.  
€ 64.00

Monumental Marvels: Duomo Museum & Baptistery

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.
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€ 80.00

Highlights of Florence

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the city with your own personal guide. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center.
€ 69.00

Marvellous Cooking: Dinner Deluxe

Join a hands-on cookery session in the heart of Florence. You'll savour the fruits of your labour as you dine with your fellow students in the convivial atmosphere of like-minded gourmands. 
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€ 45.00

My Exclusive Florence for Kids

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.
€ 59.00

Easy Deluxe Cooking: Lunch

Embark on this 3-course, hands-on class in Florence followed by a delicious lunch feasting on the traditional dishes you prepared yourself!
€ 73.00

A Florentine Culinary Experience Like No Other

Visit Florence's historical central market, learn about the great seasonal produce, then head to the kitchen to cook a delicious three-course lunch!
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€ 78.75

A Tuscany Bike Tour

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.
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€ 35.00

Visit to the Medici Chapels

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.
€ 54.00

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!

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!
€ 56.00

Perfect Pizza & Gourmet Gelato

Two of Italy's most loved dishes perfectly paired in one hands-on cooking class in Florence. Learn to make two Italian delicacies: pizza as it was intended to be and homemade gelato.
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€ 98.33

Artemisia Gentileschi: Progressive Painter Tour

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!
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€ 50.00

Florence Fashion Museums

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.
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€ 45.00

My Exclusive Visit to the Pitti Palace

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.
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€ 34.00

A Visit to Artisan Workshops

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.
€ 99.00

Tuscany Bike Tour & Villa Swim

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.
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€ 40.00

The Florence In-City Shopping Tour

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.
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€ 57.00

Great Art Mysteries: Finding Da Vinci

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!
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€ 50.00

A Private Tour with the Da Vinci Code Art Sleuth

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.
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€ 178.00

For Art Connoisseurs: How to Buy a Masterpiece

Spend time with a foremost art expert with thirty years’ experience of examining masterpieces. You’ll learn what to look for when purchasing a work of art.
€ 30.00

Uffizi Gallery Museum Entry Reservations - Tickets Only

Let us take care of your Uffizi Gallery tickets and reservations so you can skip the longest entry lines.
Easy booking for this top museum in Florence.
€ 30.00

Pre-reserved Accademia Museum Entry - Tickets Only

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.
€ 26.00

Florence Running Tour

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.
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€ 2,000.00

Proposal on a Wing

Pop the question in a truly unique manner! Let us organise the delivery of your proposal in Italy on the wings of a graceful bird of prey – what better way to express your love?
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€ 67.00

Great Art Mysteries and the Uffizi Gallery Combined

Be part of history in the making and get involved with the hunt to find a lost Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece while also enjoying our internationally renowned exploration of the Uffizi Gallery.
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€ 38.00

Galileo Galilei Science Museum

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.
€ 89.00

La Bella Vita - Tuscany Wine Tour & Villa Swim

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.
€ 69.00

La Dolce Vita - Tuscany Villa Swim and Lunch

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!
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€ 110.00

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! My exclusive Lesson

Learn how to make three different kinds of fantastic homemade pasta and a dessert. Savour it all with a glass of Tuscan wine. 
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€ 150.00

Custom Vacation Planning

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.
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€ 72.00

A Private Performance in a Florentine Palace

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. 
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€ 4,500.00

Personal Perfume Design

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.
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€ 290.00

Bespoke Italy

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!
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€ 58.00

Monumental Marvels - Duomo, Baptistry and Opera del Duomo Museum

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!
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€ 110.00

My Exclusive Marvelous Cooking: Dinner Deluxe

Enjoy preparing classic Italian dishes in the heart of Florence during this easy session. Then, savour the fruits of your labour with a glass of Tuscan wine.
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€ 200.00

Exclusive Meal at a Tuscan Villa

Dine in high style at a famous contemporary Tuscan restaurant. Your sumptuous meal will be planned and cooked just for you by the restaurant owner and chef.
€ 59.00

Easy Deluxe Cooking: Dinner

Prepare a 3-course Italian dinner and enjoy a unique and memorable experience in the culinary arts.  Have fun preparing classic Italian dishes in the heart of Florence with easy hands-on instruction.
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€ 37.50

Streets & Speaks - A Touring Italian Class

Step out of the classroom and onto the streets of this magnificent city during this unique and interactive, personalized Italian language class.
€ 79.00

Florence Artisan Shopping Walk

Treat yourself to a lovely experience, visiting picturesque Florentine artisan workshops in the historic Oltrarno quarter to learn about traditional craftsmanship and select one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 
€ 79.00

Florence Fashion & Design Shopping Walk

Experience the quaint yet exciting world of small boutique shopping in Florence on this unforgettable 'walk & shop' excursion, led by an expert personal shopper. 
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