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Very personable, interesting......Nice perspective that met the needs for both adults and our children!

Very personable, interesting...
...Nice perspective that met the needs for both adults and our children!

Just wanted to take a moment to send a huge Thank-You to one of your amazing Tour Guides! 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 Tour Company for a superb job on making us fall in love with Florence!

Private OW
Emailed on July 18, 2008
The Chervitz Family
Palm Haror, Florida


"(S.) was fantastic, energetic and knowledgeable. We loved our walking tour with S. She made it lots of fun and my kids really enjoyed it as well - very worthwhile. The San Miniato al Monte was incredible."


Private ‘Beautiful Views of Florence' Tour
August 6, 2008
Karen Autrey

"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!"

Private Tour
October 7, 2008
Tom and Kathy Smith

"Very clear and informative presentation. Nice perspective that met the needs for both adults and our children! Fantastic. Just the right amount of time spent highlighting the masterpieces and other interesting works."

Yvonne Buys
Private UFF 24 July 2008

"Great, knew a great deal and was able to focus the tour to meet our interests. Very personable, interesting. There is so much to see. It might help to develop categories such as architecture, sculpture, time periods overview etc."
Private OW + ACC
September 19, 2008
Carol Landsman

"Excellent! I would not change anything. She was fantastic. Catered perfectly to our needs. Fantastic!"
Private OW + ACC
August 10, 2008
James Skelly and Carolina Felipe

"Great tour! Very informative and inspiring. Definitely worth the time and next visit."

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 22, 2008
Private Uffizi Tour

"Absolutely one of the best tours ever! She gave lots of wonderful interesting stories. Great backdrop of history to really understand. Outstanding!"

C. Porter
July 29, 2008
Private OW/ACC

"The best tour guide in Italy. Very knowledgeable! A fabulous tour - Great beauty - A must see in Italy if you want scenery. The best of the best. Lunch was incredible. Awesome!"

Sherry McDowell
June 22, 2008

Absolutely fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable + patient with a group of 13 (including 3 children).
Brilliant - will definitely recommend to friends."

Private OW/ACC
30 August 2008
Client did not leave name nor contact details


"Very engaging and knowledgeable. Friendly and ...(illegible)....Felt like I am only skimming the surface of an incredible city + history. (heart sign) Thank you."

Private OW/ACC
30 August 2008
Client did not leave name nor contact details


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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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