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Artviva Tours: ASTA Licensed Tour Operator
Call us: +39 055 2645033
Skype: artvivatours
The Original & Best Tours

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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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Customers Reviews

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5 stars
   Based on 50 Ratings.
Last 10 reviews:

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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On 2013/09/08
Howard said:

Inspiring and Fun!

We did the Florence in One Glorious Day. Worth every moment. Klaus entertained, inspired and excited us with his knowledge, delivery and communication. He gave us 'big picture' history and 'little picture' stories, putting humanity into the architecture. Just excellent. Liz helped us enjoy the Uffizi and Accademia with her art knowledge and insight. Both great tour guides. Next time, we'll be back!

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On 2013/08/27
peter taylor said:

great

enjoyed tour,very informative and pleasant pace would reccomend

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On 2013/06/29
Studebaker Family said:

Perfect Morning in Tuscany was Truly Perfect

On our last day in Florence we wanted to go off the beaten path. This tour was perfect - hiking, history and beautiful scenery. We can't say enough about our tour guide Stefano - he was exceptionally knowledgeable, accommodating and very personable. By the end of the tour, we felt like we'd spent the morning with a friend. The tour included a delicious lunch at a villa with gorgeous views and great company. We highly recommend requesting Stefano for your tour and lunch.

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On 2013/06/25
Jennifer said:

The Orginal Best of Tuscany

Went to Italy for first time for my 40th Birthday... We did the Best of Tuscany tour on our last day.Everything about the trip was amazing! When we first arrived, the ladies in the office were very friendly and helpful! We all met, on time with the minibus waiting for us.Our tour guide, Stephon, was great, knowledgeable and entertaining. The location stops were breathtaking and the tour/lunch of the winery exceeded my expectations. I would recommend tours from ArtViva to anyone!

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On 2013/06/10
vanessa said:

had a fabulous morning with Stephan leading us across the hill tops behind Florence. A great walk in some beautiful county which ended at a great villa. Definitely recommend it and Stephan is a great guide

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On 2013/06/10
David said:

Excellent, highly knowledgeable and professional

I am currently in Italy and last week was in Florence where I used their services for four tours: First Original Florence Walk, then Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery, Original David Academia Tour and last Best of Tuscany with Volterra. I cannot say enough good things about them. The guides were native English speakers, they were highly knowledgeable and experienced about their subject, and all were very pleasant and helpful. None of the groups I was in last week were very big the largest about 13 or 14. When there was a larger group they split it in half and brought in another guide. They used a radio type communication device in all but one of these groups which worked extremely well for me, since I have a hearing problem and wear hearing aides. The "Best of Tuscanny with Volterra" tour had only three participants even though the minimum states at leasts four. It was the best tour of their offerings and all were great. This is the best company I have used in all my traveling.

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On 2013/06/01
Fred & Cinda Armstrong said:

Two tours with Klaus - David and the walking tour of Florence, one with Helen - Uffizi, and a day in Tuscany with Stephan were all absolutely superb. They were totally knowledgeable, attentive, and timely. We had heard of your company from a colleague. Her recommendation of excellence was totally accurate, and we will be more than happy to pass your name to others whenever possible.

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