Our Guides

Qualified, talented, experienced, enthusiastic, friendly


"Walking Tours of Florence are wise and well informed. They have a fresh accessible style which makes it fun. The recipe seems to be the more you enjoy the more you learn. And it works."

Michael Palin

Actor/Presenter (Monty Python and a list of fabulous films too long to list here)

"The Greatest Tour Guide Ever!"

Lou Reed


"...This tour is wonderful, it is informative, complete and fun. And more importantly, you don't feel like a sheep in a flock, herded around town..."

Richard Kind

Actor (Mad about You, Spin City)

"Thank You for the Wonderful Experience!"

Alex Rodriguez

Baseball Star (In December of 2000 Rodriguez became the best-paid ballplayer of all time when he signed a $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers)

"Walking Tours of Florence are much more than tours, because you leave feeling almost as if you know Michelangelo and the other Masters personally."

Mike Munro

One of Australia's finest investigative journalists and well known media personalities.

"Thank you for a wonderful job… you made us feel like we were the most important people in Florence. We all left singing your praises. Thank you very much."

Bill Kurtis

Acclaimed documentary host and producer, network news anchor and multimedia production company.

"Entertaining and Informative!"

Nat Young

World Surfing Champion

"I had the most relaxing and fun experiences with you covering Italian food, wine, art and culture. Thank you for the warm and friendly way in which you welcomed me. I was very impressed by the high professionalism of your staff."

Chi Xun

Director and writer


The excellent quality of our tours and guides is our signature feature.

As innovative tour leaders, we are the first company in Italy to ensure high-quality tours with our own in-house, specially-trained art historians and historian guides. No other company works like this in Italy with their group tours. We go to extra lengths to ensure high-quality experiences, with guides who really do speak excellent English and have a great sense of humour.

Our in-house guides have undergone rigorous training with our specially-designed tours, having a great 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”

TripAdvisor Review, 5th March 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!"

KGB10_10, September 2013