Artisans

Italy has a strong artisan tradition that has evolved throughout the centuries and which remains true to this day.

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 term artisan, or “artigiano” in Italian, implies skilled workers plying their trade by hand. “Master” artisans was used to refer to those who own their own business.

Even by Medieval times, artisans and particularly the Masters held a high status in society.  Artisan trades were so well established that these skilled workers began forming guilds that held strong until the mid-1700s.

Many typically Italian products are still created by hand to this day, mostly in the traditional ways, with techniques and tools often passed down through the generations and learnt from childhood, hanging around the workshops of fathers and grandfathers.

Besides making great things to buy when travelling in Italy, artisans are like a window to the past of Italy’s great art and crafts history.

Each region and even each town in Italy has their own specialty artisan wares.

Take for example Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence’s strength and wealth was fortified by its artisans and guilds both locally and in the Tuscan surrounds. Typical artisan items from Florence include gold and silver items (including stunning traditional jewellery designs), fabrics and fashions, leather goods, ceramics and handmade picture frames – not to mention all the arts that saw Florence become home to most of the biggest names in the Renaissance.

Of the foodie variety, Florence and Tuscany boast a bevy of all that’s buono - cheeses, cured meats, breads, wines and of course, gelato.

In Venice, there are the world-famous glass blowers from Murano Island. So precious was their skill, that at one point in history these Venetian artisans were forbidden to leave the island for fear that their trade secrets would leave the shores. Eventually they were allowed off Murano Island and became local celebrities of the time. Venice also boasts artisan mask makers, lace weavers of Burano Island, marble paper makers and book binders, plus the skilled gondola creators.

Sorrento is known for its ceramics and hand-carved inlaid wood items, as well as Limoncello liqueur made from the plump Sorrento lemons. Sicily is famed for marionettes, Naples for nativity scene figurines. Orvieto in the Umbria region has an artisan tradition dating back to the Etruscan times for their ceramics, clothing, jewels and forged statues.

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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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€ 30.00

My Exclusive Florence for Kids

Have your children explore and learn more about Florence with our great guides on our tours designed to engage even the youngest of travellers. 
Our guides are wonderful at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.
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€ 93.33

Learn to Paint or Sculpt Like A Master

In the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the greatest art hubs of all time, be welcomed into the private studio of a local artist for a lesson on oil painting or sculpting in clay.
Individual instruction ensures this workshop suitable for all ages and skill levels - from complete novices to more experienced artists wanting to gain insight into Florence’s art scene and to meet local artists.
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€ 50.00

My Exclusive Florence Fashion Museum Tour

Set off on a discovery of the evolution of style, sashaying through the colourful past of Italian fashion.
Explore the lives and styles of two of the most creative minds the fashion world has ever seen. 
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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.
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€ 40.00

The Florence In-City Shopping Tour

Indulge in a great Florence shopping tour with a local fashionista.
Discover top tips for the best shopping in Florence with our stylish shopping guide. 
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€ 50.00

Islands of Glass - Masters of Murano

See the ancient art of glass making in one of Venice's most illustrious artisan glass workshops. With a personal skipper and guide accompanying you aboard a luxury motorboat, glide through picturesque canals out to the lagoon, and then on to the island of glass.
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Custom Vacation Planning

Utilise our expertise by having us design that special unforgettable experience of a lifetime for you. 
Whether you wish to bike ride through the Tuscan hills, treat your family to the art cities, experience Italy's rich gourmet and wine heritage, explore your artistic side, or have a romantic honeymoon vacation, we can arrange it all.
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