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Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:
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BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:
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Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

On 2016/08/06
Bruce Auster said:
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We cannot imagine any other way to visit the Uffizi than with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Angelo was both -- funny and smart. He told stories: about the art and the artists and the Medicis and we came away understanding key concepts. We learned a lot and smiled the entire way. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

On 2016/06/16
The Caiarelli Family said:
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Excellent

Our June9,2016- Original Florence Walking Tour with guide Barbara,was wonderful. Barbara was very informative about sights and history of Florence.We really enjoyed her and the beautiful sights. We would recommend your tours to anyone visiting Florence area.Thanks again,The Caiarelli's

On 2016/06/01
Amber Weekes said:
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Everything I wanted and so much more!

I am forever grateful to the staff at Art Viva! My whole life, I had always wanted to see the Statue of David, and I made my request, and it was granted! I wanted to be there at a time that was not crowded so that I could take unobstructed photographs and drink in the Statue as long as I could. Elisabeta was amazing and incredibly informed about the Statue and Florence. She shared with me wonderful places in Florence that I never would have considered. I had my time with the Statue, and I will be forever grateful to her and to Celeste who manages Art Viva. I was so impressed with having my own tour guide that I booked a small group tour for the following day through Art Viva and went to the Uffizi. Lovely as well. I will recommend this company over and over again. I owe a debt of gratitude. I felt so well taken care of and had my dream come true. I was so moved at being able to see the Statue of David completely unobstructed that I cried for hours afterward. Thank you and cheers!

On 2016/05/31
Angelica Blanks said:
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Best way to see such an amazing city

What a wonderful way to experience the best of Florence. Ismael and Elisabetta were charming, funny, and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with Florence, it's truly a gem.

On 2016/05/22
Maggie said:
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We had an amazing time touring Florence and understood so much more due to the great guide we had with Artviva (Brenda). Being a local, she was passionate and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Florence. Definitely a 5/5!

On 2016/05/10
The Moores said:
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Our tour guide was excellent. He provided a great many historical details about the monuments and building and the way of life in past centuries. He made the city past come alive in a very meaningful way. We could imagine Galileo or Michelangelo walking the same streets. Our 3 hours were over too soon. The guide was from Augtralia, but truly could relate Florence history in a fun way.

On 2016/01/15
Ann Martelli said:
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My family's ArtViva tours on Dec. 22, 2015 were everything we paid for. Brenda walked us around the city center pointing out the architecture, symbols, statues and great places to eat/hang out. Her in depth description of Michelangelo's David was so interesting, even my teens/young adults listened and remembered. Fantastic! In the afternoon, Hilde was our guide through the Uffizie Galleries. She gave an art history lesson that was forever memorable. Again, the teen/20's kids were listening. We got so much out these private tours. Well worth it!

On 2015/11/24
Hope said:
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Great tour, great guide

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Adrianne, was very knowledgeable and able to answer our many questions. She also went above and beyond her duty by helping keep our three-year-old entertained during the lunch so that we could enjoy ourselves without worry.

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The Medici of Florence: while not especially distinguished in the 14th century, bankers Giovanni and especially his son Cosimo (the Elder) produced the single most powerful and influential family of 15th-century Florence which went on to supply early 16th century rulers of Florence and two Popes, Leo X (1513-21) and Clement VII (born 1478, 1523-34).

A second line of the family, starting with Cosimo I (great grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent) would rule Florence and Tuscany as Grand Dukes until 1737. As the family ruled in Florence, in one form or another, through the heyday of the Renaissance, their name is forever associated with the great artistic achievements of that era.

Medici “rule” in Florence can be divided into three phases: unofficial control of the republic’s political machine in the 15th century, recognized rulers through a transitional period in the early 16th century, then hereditary rulers as Grand Dukes from 1537 to 1737 (from Cosimo I to Gian-Gastone).

It was their good fortune and ours that the last of the Medici, Anna Maria Luisa, by means of the “Family Pact,” succeeded in passing on all the family’s possessions to the Medici’s political successors, the House of Lorraine in exchange for the promise that all would stay put and not be shipped off to Austria or dispersed by sale as had virtually all the collections of other great Renaissance ruling families in Italy.

€ 29.00

The Original Florence Walk

Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past. 
€ 36.00

The Original David Tour - Accademia Museum

Visit the Accademia and watch art and history be brought to life by our guides. Ours is the only tour that focuses solely on Michelangelo and his statue of David, allowing you to marvel at the masterpiece and discover its story in a small group.
 
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€ 100.00

My Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!)

See the very best of Florence with your own private tour guides with this discounted Florence tour package!
Visit all the must-sees of Florence's historical city centre and the two top museums - the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum - in around 6 hours led by Florence's best tour guides.
€ 39.00

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: Adults Only

From the shocking lifestyles of the rich and famous to the seedy underbelly of the city’s past, this absolute first for Florence tours invites you to hear about the scandals that rocked the Renaissance.
 
€ 36.00

An Evening Walk - Murders, Mystery & Wine!

The charming medieval Oltrarno quarter hides a dark and mysterious past. Let our experts lead you through its intriguing history on this unique twilight adventure, before taking the edge off with a glass of Italian wine.
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€ 49.00

My Exclusive Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour

With an expert Uffizi tour guide, enjoy understanding the masterpieces of this world-famous museum with great stories about the artists that changed art forever.
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€ 20.00

My Exclusive Original Florence Walk

Step back in time through more than 2000 years of tantalising and tumultuous history.
Find out how Florence came to be one of the most important art centres of all time. See fabulous masterpieces. Hear about astounding events that shocked the Florentines.
€ 64.00

Sites & Statues - Florentine Stories & Michelangelo's David

If you’re short on time, we have the ideal excursion for you. Our good-humoured guide will accompany you on a 2.5 hour walk around the city to take in its sites and stories, as well as giving you pre-reserved access to the Accademia.
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€ 32.00

My Exclusive Evening Walk

A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming location.
Florence's dark, medieval past is brought to life on an exploration of this little-known historic quarter.
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€ 165.00

Exclusive After-Hours Vatican Museum Visit, by Special Invitation

Experience your very own exclusive after-hours access to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, led an expert historian.
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€ 74.00

My Exclusive Michelangelo’s Medici Tour

Michelangelo and the Medici.
Unravel the complex web interwoven between the world’s greatest artist, and the powerful family who aided in his success. 
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€ 19.57

My Exclusive Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: An Adults Only Tour

An absolute first in Florence. 
From the outrageous lifestyles of the well-known and well-to-do to the sordid skeletons in Florence's closet, discover the outragous occurances that rocked the Renaissance on Florence's most unique private tour.
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€ 35.00

My Exclusive Visit to the Medici Chapels

A Medici Chapels visit with an expert private tour guide.
A stunningly beautiful complex paying homage to the talent and ingenuity of the architecture and sculpture of the 15th and 16th centuries.
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€ 32.50

My Exclusive Original Florence Walk Winter Special

The magic of Florence: a limited-time Winter special private tour, led by one of Florence's best tour guides.
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€ 45.00

My Exclusive Visit to the Pitti Palace

Tour the splendid palace built by the wealthy Pitti family - Medici rivals - in the 15th century. 
Today, the Pitti Palace is the biggest museum complex in Florence, housing 5 museums with a diverse collection of art and artefacts ranging from the opulent private living quarters to 16th and 17th century paintings (in the Palatine Gallery) and even a Costume Gallery.
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€ 34.00

My Exclusive Artisan's Workshop Tour

See local artisans producing Florence's most famous traditional handicrafts.
This private Artisan's Workshop tour takes you into a world long lost anywhere else but the ancient streets of Florence.
€ 99.00

Tuscany Bike Tour & Villa Swim

This is the only bicycle expedition to include a swim and the time to laze away the afternoon! Enjoy a leisurely ride from Florence Tuscan countryside, before stopping at a historic estate for a cellar visit, wine tasting, traditional lunch and access to the estate pool.
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€ 50.00

My Exclusive Da Vinci Code Art Sleuth

The world’s leading 'art sleuth' will lead you on a visit through a world-heritage listed landmark while you learn about his work to solve the last truly great art mystery: the search for Leonardo Da Vinci's greatest missing masterpiece.
€ 30.00

Uffizi Gallery Museum Entry Reservations - Tickets Only

Let us take care of your Uffizi Gallery tickets and reservations so you can skip the longest entry lines.
Easy booking for this top museum in Florence.
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