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The Original & Best Tours

Inspiration for Imitators

Beware of ImitatorsWhy waste your money and precious time with a guide that does not really care if you have a good tour or not?

Beware of Imitators
Why waste your money and precious time with a guide that does not really care if you have a good tour or not?

Why Bother About a Higher Quality Tour or Guide?

1. The guide on a lower quality tour may not be able to communicate in your language adequately
2. The guide on a lower quality tour may be disinterested in whether you enjoy the tour
3. The guide on a lower quality tour may not have adequate presentation skills and may not be able to entertain you
4. The guide on a lower quality tour may give incorrect information
5. On a lower quality tour you may be stuck in a large group-being led around like a sheep ( a common sight in Florence, Rome and Venice)
6.On a lower quality tour the route of your tour and what you see may be designed to save the company or guide money and may not ensure you see the 'must sees'
7. On a lower quality tour they may say that the tour is a certain length and you cover certain sites, when in fact it does not
8.Some tour companies may say they have small groups when in fact they do not
9.On a lower quality tour you may be asked to pay cash on the street. This is not a good idea security wise in cities in Italy
10.On a lower quality tour the guide may waste your precious time by making unscheduled stops in overpriced leather and souvenir shops that give commissions to the guide and company
11.Hidden costs-check prices carefully-they may seem cheaper, but when you arrive for the tour you may have to pay extra in cash on the street

To ensure the highest quality our most popular tours are ALWAYS conducted by native English speakers whose first language is English. No other company in Florence can guarantee this!

A Special Note of Warning on Bicycle and Wine Tours in Florence and Tuscany
Lower quality bike and wine tours may mean being driven by unlicenced drivers, being piled into vans without a seat (that is 9 seater vehicles carrying 11 persons or more) the company may also be unlicenced meaning it does not have insurance. For your own saftey check the company you do a tour with is licenced to do tours in Italy. You may be asked to pay in cash on the street-not a good idea. The Original and Best Walking Tours is fully licenced and bonded.

Why waste your money and precious time with a guide that does not really care if you have a good tour or not? Please ensure when booking that the company you are dealing with is authentic or authorized by us- The Original and Best Walking Tours. 

We are the only company that is confident enough to guarantee
you will be satisfied with our tours, please see the international acclaim we have received below and some comments from many satisfied clients



International Acclaim for Our High Quality Tours

"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)
Our company featured in a BBC World documentary with Michael Palin

"The Greatest Tour Guide Ever!"
Lou Reed
Rock Star Personalized tour Italy Florence

"...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) Florence tour Italy

"Thank You for the Wonderful Experience!"
Alex Rodriguez
(Baseball Star) Original Florence Walk
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.
Past awards include the Logie for "Reporter of the Year" and the "Penguin Award for Best Current Affairs Journalist.

"...thank you for a wonderful job. Your entire staff was attentive to our shooting schedule and the details which can befuddle so many who are not familiar with the peculiarities of production crews. And most important, 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 president USA
Our company produced a History Channel Documentary in Florence for Kurtis Productions

"Don't miss an opportunity to join one of the highly
informative and entertaining Walking Tours of Florence,
led by English speaking guides who really know their subjects.
I loved every minute of my tours."
Sandra A Guftstason
Author of Great Sleeps and Great Eats in Italy Original Florence Walk

"Entertaining and Informative!"
Nat Young
(World Surfing Champion ) Florence tour Italy


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Time, The Washington Post, Departures Magazine, The New York Times, Frommer's
The National Travel, Yoga Magazine, USA Today, The Independent, OK! Magazine, Dream of Italy
Australian Financial Review, Le Guide du Routard, GreatSleeps!GreatEats!, Forbes Travel Magazine,, The Daily Telegraph
Let' Go!, Lonely Planet, American Express Travel, Going like Lynn, Eyewitness Travel Giude, Hello Italy!
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Customers Reviews

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5 stars
   Based on 59 Ratings.
Last 10 reviews:

On 2014/10/31
Greg D said:


We took tours in Venice, Florence, Sienna & Rome. Nothing short of exceptional at every turn. Knowledge, friendliness and honesty are what we got with every tour and guide. They are simply the best. Thank you all for making our trip as memorable as it was. Ciao!


On 2014/09/28
Eric P said:

Excellent, friendly and professions Venice tours

We look 4 tours in Venice today (27 Sept) and cannot adequately describe how pleased we were with the quality of the tours. Christina, our guide, was excellent and very knowledgable. And most importantly, she was extremely friendly and always courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day was made up of the gondola ride, the original and best Venice tour (St. Marks), Doge's Palace tour and culminating with the Grand Canal tour on our own boat. Christina was very impressive with her knowledge and presentation skills. It was simply a joy to be in her small tour group. We cannot say enough good things about her. One of the highlights of the tour was being (coincidently) literally two boats away from George Clooney's water taxi as he made his way to the Aman Canal Grande Hotel. It made my wife's day. And we managed to achieve this by coincidence. The boat captain was very professional throughout the madness of many, many boats on the Grand Canal at this time (a little before 19:00). Bravo Art Viva!


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!


On 2014/07/28
Boyan said:


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!


On 2014/07/20
Sara said:


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!


On 2014/05/26
Kaaren said:


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.


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.


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!


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!


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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