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!
Book a discounted place on our Venice walking tour and discover the city highlights in our small, intimate groups. A free boat transfer to Murano Island is included, where you can see glass making in action and purchase some unique souvenirs.
Prepare to let your imagination take flight as you follow our experts behind the scenes to explore the Doge’s Palace. See the architectural pomp and pageantry conceived by these Renaissance business tycoons on this small-group Venetian excursion.
Discover the Grand Canal in fitting style with a luxury boat ride in the company of one of our experts and an extra small group of likeminded travellers. From sumptuous palaces to heart-stopping views and famous film locations, you’ll float through the sites of intrigue, scandal, fame and fashion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.