Our Guides


"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


We are very fortunate to work with extraordinary professional guides, experts, art historians, actors and travel professionals, all of whom are specially trained for our small-group public and private tours and special events. 

ArtViva provides sponsorship, training and support to guides to ensure comprehensive quality across all our tours. We are the only company in Italy that extensively trains guides to achieve excellence at this level. Some guides, for example Freya Middleton, have received sponsorship from ArtViva over a number of years. Our sponsorship programme enabled guides to live and work in Italy. All in-house guides have undergone rigorous training on our specially-designed tours, giving great attention to detail and contributing to our company's international reputation for the best tours in Italy.

Our friendly, knowledgeable, entertaining guides are passionate about what they do and their love of all things Italian. The come from all walks of life and backgrounds: art historians, historians, chefs, artists, photographers, journalists, sommeliers, wine makers and actors. On each tour, our guides will ensure you have a wonderful special experience and allow time for personal attention to your questions, whether you're looking for a local restaurant recommendation or a nice place to pick a special gifts and souvenirs. Our guides are there to help you make it up that hill or explain the intricacies of a world renowned masterpiece - and they are delighted to do so. We only work with guides who receive consistent high reviews. We are very proud of the consistently good feedback they earn! 

Some of our experts available on request for special events: Maurizio Seracini, Francesco da Mosto and Burton Anderson, to name a few.

Florence guides and tour directors include: Sylvia,  Aniko Szabo, Elisabetta Franchetti, Freya Middleton, Tanya Bruckner, Molly, Christine, Paul Popple, Sara, Alice, Andrew, Jennifer, Leslie, Paola,  Carlotta,  Klass, Elisabeth, Mark, Suzy, Laura, Michelle, David, Casey, Jim, Kate, Laura, Simona, Frances, Rocky, Niccolo and Rachel to name a few have received with us since 1996.

Tuscany expert guides include: Stefan Derichs, Giuseppe, Douglas, Andrea, Guido, Laurence, Andrea, Alessandro, Simone, Lucca, Joseph, Michelangelo, and more.

Venice guides, tour directors and gondoliers: Cynthia, Jennifer, Ilaria, Luisella, Paula, Ziggy, Marco, Alessandro, Jane, Serena, Silvia, Rosso, Tiziana, Barbara, Monica, Laura, Cristina, Manuel, Rocco, Caterina, Federica and more.

Rome guides and tour directors: Chris, Fabrizio, Maurizio, Jennifer, John, Guido, Katie, Massimo, Simone and others.