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Artviva Tours: ASTA Licensed Tour Operator
Call us: +39 055 2645033
Skype: artvivatours
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Qualified, talented, experienced, enthusiastic, friendly
We take the quality of our tours and guides very seriously. Innovative once again, we are the first company in Italy to ensure high quality tours (in Florence) with our own in-house specially trained art historians and historians. No other company works like this in Italy on a daily public basis- we go to the extra trouble to ensure high quality tours and to ensure that our guides really do speak perfect English and have a great sense of humour.

Qualified, talented, experienced, enthusiastic, friendly


We take the quality of our tours and guides very seriously. Innovative once again, we are the first company in Italy to ensure high quality tours (in Florence) with our own in-house specially trained art historians and historians. No other company works like this in Italy on a daily public basis- we go to the extra trouble to ensure high quality tours and to ensure that our guides really do speak perfect English and have a great sense of humour.

Our in-house guides have undergone a rigorous training with our specially designed tours and with an attention to detail that has enabled our company to achieve an international reputation for the best tours in Italy.

All the guides we work with are passionate about their love of Italy and all things Italian.
They're friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining. Our guides hail from all walks of life: art historians, historians, chefs, artists, photographers, journalists, sommeliers, wine makers and actors.

On each tour our guides will ensure you have a great time.
Our carefully designed innovative tours ensure a very special experience and allow time for our guides to give you personal attention for what ever questions you may have whether recommending a wonderful local trattoria for dinner or lunch or giving you insider secrets on preparing that perfect Italian dish or telling you the best place to pick a special gift.

Our guides are there to help you make it up that hill or explain the intricacies of a world renowned masterpiece, and what's more that will make you feel they are absolutely delighted to do so.

“like having English speaking friends in Florence”

Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 5, 2014

The entire staff of Artviva are friendly, knowledgeable and capable of providing a sense of YOU being the most important person! Some of our fondest memories of several "lazy" days in Florence were exploring the city with "friends": one day A Perfect Morning in Tuscany; another hot day, a late afternoon at the Uffizzi, and a spur of the moment evening stroll culminating with wine and conversation among five former strangers.

Each tour leader was excellent (the athletic, outdoorsy young woman hiking the trail to daVinci's flight training cliff and the private villa, the tall blonde man leading the Uffizzi tour who towered over everyone and had excellent audio equipment so we could wander about and not lose sound or sight of him, the local young man who shared his love of the city and its history)

On previous trips we've used this company to explore Cinque Terra which was also a wonderful experience!

Visited September 2013

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Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5 stars
   Based on 57 Ratings.
Last 10 reviews:

On 2014/09/02
Jessica R said:

Absolutely Amazing!

My boyfriend and I only had a day and a half to spend in Florence so we signed up for the Artviva Original Florence Walk. Our tour guide, Klaas, was just amazing. His love for Florence and it's history made the tour so enjoyable and made me fall in love with the city. In 3.5 hours (from 9 am - 12:30 pm) we saw: Piazza del Republica, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza di Santa Trinita, Basilica di Santa Trinita, Piazza del Limbo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral of Florence with the Duomo, and part of the Bapistery. We were given head sets so we could hear Klaas talking even if we were not right next to him. This tour was amazing for seeing most of Florence in a very short amount of time. My boyfriend and I are not big fans of art so we did not go into the Uffizi but did go see the Statue of David in the Accademia Gallery using the skip the line tickets through Artviva as well. Could not be happier with the way this tour turned out. Thanks again Klaas and Artviva!

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On 2014/07/28
Boyan said:

excellent

Kane was an excellent guide with a good sense of humor. He is very competent, enthusiastic, and a great story teller. I learnt a great deal from him about the city of Florence. He really made my short stay in Florence that much more enjoyable. Thank you Kane!

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On 2014/07/20
Sara said:

excellent

Kane was a fabulous guide! He had an extensive knowledge of relevant historical fact and made the history of Florence come alive. It really helped having a native English speaking guide as we found other guides who had English as their second language were often difficult to understand. Thank you Kane!

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On 2014/05/26
Kaaren said:

EXCELLENT VENICE TOURS

The 4 Venice tours, Venice in one Glorious Day, are outstanding. We did 2 on Mon 5/12 and 2 on Wed 5/14. Jen was our fantastic guide for 2 of them. I don't remember the names of the other 2 Italian ladies, but they were also excellent & easy to understand.

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On 2014/05/10
schoon said:

Venice in one glorious day!!!! Having heard from a friend that a visit to Venice could be a challenge as far as visiting the highlights is concerned, we decided to scour the internet for a suitable guided tour. Skipping the line was imperitive for us. Two ladies with 3 adolescent sons,a challenge in itself. We chose to "do" Venice in one day so that we could be free to return to places of interest with enough knowledge to recognise and be sure of not missing the most important sights. Skipping the line to enter the San Marco Basilica was absolutely a highlight. Thousands of visitors stood in the pouring rain in order to get a glimpse of this magnificent masterpiece. Our guide Christina was absolutely professional and was able to keep our teenage sons more than interested. It was also very much appreciated by us that Art Viva gave us a call the day previous to our tour that bad weather was expected and offered us to postpone the gondola trip.

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On 2014/04/22
Helen Stevens said:

I'd like to thank Angelos for giving us a fantastic evening tour 16th April. His local knowledge brought Florence alive and made our stay much more enjoyable. Thanks for the tips about places to go - we loved the Opera!

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On 2014/04/15
Susan S said:

Simply Wonderful!

Touring the Uffizi Gallery with Klaus was the highlight of our trip to Florence; his passion and knowledge provided for an unforgettable afternoon. Booking a tour with ArtViva is highly recommended!

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On 2013/12/15
Ryan Antista said:

Awesome and highly recommended!

I used the Art Viva services while in Florence for two tours, The Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Because I went in a low season I was the only client and the company still went through with the service, thank you! I had the best tour guild that I could ever hope for! Her name was Elizabeth. She was knowledgeable, fun to be with, very well informed and broke down the pieces and art history in a way that was artful in and of itself. I give the tour service and specifically Elizabeth a 100% A+ and recommend this group all the way. I had a great experience, thank you so much!!

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On 2013/11/04
Anthony said:

Great tour, Stefan was the best

If you are going to Florence this tour is a must, Volterra is amazing "town in the clouds", and without all the tourists. Stefan made the tour absolutely fantastic and it was the highlight of our holidays.

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On 2013/10/22
Jane Wood said:

Uffizi Tour 26.9.13

An excellent tour. Floriana our guide: friendly; informative and impressively knowledgeable. A dream fulfilled. Thank you.

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