ArtViva Reviews

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Testimonials

"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

Rockstar

"...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

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Nothing pleases us like satisfied clients sharing positive feedback. Read through a selection of reviews here and see what we mean, or visit our TripAdvisor Reviews page to read more.

"Just wanted to take a moment to send a huge thank you to your amazing tour guide! She took our family of five on a Private Walking Tour of Florence, and with her sparkling personality, upbeat demeanor and wealth of knowledge of your beautiful city, my husband, three children and myself were delighted with the tour! A 10+ grade from our family to her and your company for a superb job on making us fall in love with Florence!"  - The Chervitz Family (Private Original Florence Walk)
 
"[The guide] was fantastic, energetic and knowledgeable. We loved our walking tour with with her. She made it lots of fun and my kids really enjoyed it as well - very worthwhile. The San Miniato al Monte was incredible." - Karen Autrey (Private ‘Beautiful Views of Florence' Tour)
 
"Walking tour was fantastic! Attention to details we would have easily overlooked and explanation of the history gave us all a wonderful sense of Florence. Well done!" - Tom and Kathy Smith (Private Tour)
 
"Just a note to say how knowledgeable and passionate the tour guide was. We love your guides, we've done numerous tours of yours over the years and they have a knowledge and perspective that's unique." - Audrey Mason (Original Evening Walk)
 
"Very knowledgeable. Easy to listen to. Delightful storyteller. Made Florence come alive. Loved to hear the stories behind the architecture. Enjoyed the sights." - Cherie Galyon (Original Evening Walk)
 
“Our guide made the tour more interesting than the other two times we have visited there. A wonderful, lively art history lesson as well. Thank you!” - Donna Ghiorso (Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery)
 
“The guides were wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the tours.  The experience was entirely made by the attitude, energy, style and knowledge of the guides.  In each of the tours the guides were wonderful.  Very knowledgeable, very amusing, very engaging and very helpful.  I think the choice of paintings to talk about at the Uffizi was inspired.  I had not really appreciated art before, but it was fascinating to see and understand the development in technique and style through the choice of paintings." - Michael Parker (Florence in One Glorious Day)
 
“All tours have been organized in a very professional and efficient way. It was our first visit to Italy in general, and to Florence in particular, and when we saw how many tourists were there (even at the end of the tourist season) and how long the queues for the tickets were, we really appreciated the way your tours deal with the ticket purchase. You obviously hire the best guides: with their great knowledge and passion they would give us the background of the place of visit and then show the major highlights, allowing enough time for us to explore the rest. We reckon this is the best way of organizing such tours. Thank you again for your great service." - Viktor and Olga Melekhine (Florence in One Glorious Day)
 
"Guide’s knowledge was amazing and she presented the information very logically and in a compelling way. I loved going by the Duomo first to get that perspective and building to David himself. Your tours are fantastic and the audio link really helps the experience – also thank you for restaurant recommendations! Really enjoyed the Zio Gigi restaurant – thank you! Will look forward to more of your offerings when I travel. I will book one of your tours in Venice and look forward to it. Thank you! Your reviews are well deserved!” - Ann Smith (The Original David Tour - Accademia Museum)
 
“The guide was very charming, eloquent and informative. We went on several tours with Artviva – this was the most beautiful and enjoyable, rich in culture and history. We would recommend it to anyone who wants to know about Tuscany.” - Joanna Carpenter (Best of Tuscany Tour)
 
“Everything about the tour was fantastic! Outstanding guide, extremely knowledgeable and personable. I will highly recommend your tours to my friends. Thank you!” - Tracey Talentino (Best of Tuscany Tour)
 
“This tour was an absolute treat. The countryside, the villa, the lunch were all divine but the best part was our guide Stefan.  His great sense of humour and wit kept us all laughing throughout the day.   We much appreciated his wonderful stories and pertinent information.  He gave personal attention to group and individual needs and our group felt like family because of his wonderful leadership and his vibrant personality." - Susan Taylor (A Taste of Tuscany)
 
“Fabulous Job! Heard about your tours via the Rick Steve's web site. The meeting point was easy to find. We enjoyed the very informative tour with "Ziggy"; would highly recommend to others.  After stopping outside of Le Fenice and listening to its history, a traveller in our group had mentioned she had read all of the Donna Leon books. I am now in the process of reading the Donna Leon series. What a fabulous introduction to Venice!  We had the brief opportunity to see Giorgia Boscola, another unique feature of our tour!  Fabulous Job!  Would recommend your company to anyone visiting Venice! Thanks so much!" - Denise Stephens (Original Gondola Tour)
 
"This is the tour to use in Venice. We loved Artviva's tours. The Gondola tour was so interesting and informative – and so much fun – we decided on the spot to take the Grand Canal tour later that day, even though we had already done the same tour the day before with another company. The contrast was remarkable – Artviva's tour was wonderful; that one was awful. The guide, for both tours, Our guide was great – personable and knowledgeable – she made the tour so much fun. She was the reason we took the Grand Canal tour again." - Mike and Dana Sosna (Original Gondola Tour)
 
“A great value. Our daughter recommended your company.  She used you in Florence and was very impressed. We concur with her thoughts.  Unfortunately I was not well during our tours, so I cant't remember the names of our guides.  However I do remember that they were expert, knowledgeable and responsive. I highly recommend your company. The small group made it feel like a private guide.  Your tour company was a great experience and a great value." - Peggy Berlin (Venice in One Glorious Day)
 
"We did it all - from gondola to San Marco Piazza, Doge Palace and Water Taxi. The tour guides most memorable - both our guides were very knowledgeable, humorous when called for, and most pleasant - the gossip about the rich and famous was great! These two ladies are worth their weight in gold - and better!" - Richard and Madeline Bailly (Small-group Venice tours)
 
Took a magnificant tour of the Vatican in May with Guido and I can't recommend him highly enough. He was so knowledgable and very professional. We found you on the web and can't thank you enough." -  Susan Pool (Masterpieces of the Vatian & St Peter's)
 
"We loved Cinque Terre!!!!  What a lovely day we had.  Mark was pretty informative.  We would definitely recommend this tour with your company to anyone heading over to Italy, it's a must see!!!" - Regards, Donna (The Best of the Cinque Terre
 
"We were very happy with the Artviva tour to Cinque Terre. Of course the landscape is spectacular and your guide Mark brought the day alive with his commentary and friendliness. My wife and I typically don't do "tours", as we prefer to explore on our own. But with limited time and car rental and gasoline prices being what they are, your offering was perfect to fit in Cinque Terre in one day. Thanks for a great experience." - John Bronson (The Best of the Cinque Terre)
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