Florence

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Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:
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Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:
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Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:
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Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Our family of 6 spent the day visiting Tuscany with Stefan. We had a glorious day. Stefan was knowledgeable and fun...we learned so much. I highly recommend this tour! Couldn't have been better!

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!

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Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy. Approximately 380,000 people call Florence home, with more than 1.5 million living in the surrounds.

Founded in 59 BC, Florence was established by Julius Caesar’s solders who named the area “Florentia”, in honour of the Goddess Flora – the symbol of spring and fertility.

A bridge was built where now stands the current Ponte Vecchio (which translates, correctly, to “Old Bridge”), at the narrowest part of the Arno River that runs from the Apennines, through Florence and out to the Tyrrhenian Sea.  

The Roman Forum was set up where now stands the Piazza della Repubblica, whilst a theatre was built in today’s Piazza della Signora and Roman baths where now sits the Florence Cathedral, Il Duomo.

After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, a market was established selling international wares where traders would pass through, establish Florence from this time on as a European hub of finance and trade.

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, where many of the biggest characters earned their name in history. Florence was home to the important Medici family as well as writers and political, social and religious figures including Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio and Savonarola. Numerous master artists also hail from or at least lived out most of their lives in Florence (think Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Vasari, Donatello, Ghiberti, Masaccio, Rafael, da Vinci and more).

The wealth of the Renaissance also fostered the establishment of Florence as a fashion capital, giving rise to a range of artisan crafts and markets such as the fabric trade, fashion designers, cobblers, leather artisans, jewellers, milliners and the like.

Italy then went through a period of turbulence lasting for two centuries after the Renaissance, culminating with the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy, seeing the unification of the various regions to form the Italy we know today.

From 1865-1871, Florence was the capital of this Italy, during which time the city was given a little bit of a facelift, including the remodelling of the central Piazza della Repubblica.

Florence then had its own renaissance in world fashion after the end of the Second World War, giving rise to names such as Roberto Cavalli, Enrico Coveri, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci and Guccio Gucci.

Today, the city of Florence is a great mix of medieval, Renaissance and early modern architecture. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. There are also a great number of exceptional artworks, many housed in the Uffizi Gallery, plus Michelangelo’s David standing in the Academia Gallery.

The city has never lost its artistic and creative spirit, to this day attracting many art and artisan students to the various art schools and studios in Florence.

As the capital of the gastronomically-rich Tuscan region, Florence has also developed a world-class cuisine that today blends the quality foods of the well-to-do (such as Florentine Beefsteak) with the delicious slow-cooked lower class recipes such as Ribollita, Trippa (tripe), Zuppa di Cipolla (Onion Soup) and a range of delicious sweets.

Visiting Florence today thus gives visitors a chance to see some of the world’s best art by master artists, visit historic palaces and piazzas, enjoy some fabulous shopping for designer and bespoke fashion items, plus to dine on delicious traditional Florentine and Tuscan food (gratefully paired with excellent Tuscan wine).

€ 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 and Accademia Museum Visit

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!)

Experience the beauty and romance of Florence with your own personal guide when you book a place on this discounted package that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.
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€ 49.00

Original Florence Walk & David Tour

See Florence’s urban history come to life on this exclusive guided visit of the historic centre that also includes a viewing of Michelangelo's original David at the Accademia. Focusing on the historically-rich areas north of the river and to the west of Santa Croce, you’ll be flipping through the proverbial pages of over 2,000 years of tantalizing history.
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€ 11.13

From Florence City Centre to Florence Airport

Your very own driver to collect you from your accommodation in Florence city centre for a private transfer to Florence (Peretola) Airport.
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€ 9.88

From Florence Train Station to your hotel in Florence

Private transfer from the main train station in Florence, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, to your hotel in Florence's city centre.
€ 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.
 
€ 99.00

Perfect Morning: Hiking in Tuscany

Discover quintessential Tuscany in the company of an intimate group, led by one of our experts. Hiking on winding country paths, unsurpassed stunning rural vistas, a famous hilltop town, an exclusive Renaissance villa, and a delicious regional restaurant lunch with wine all await you.
€ 79.00

The Original Tuscany Bike Tour

Riding out from Florence, experience a fun and fabulous half-day ride through the splendid countryside. With a traditional lunch at a famous restaurant and a cellar visit and wine tasting at a stunning Renaissance villa, this excursion will exercise your legs and your tastebuds!
€ 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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€ 80.00

From Livorno Harbour to Florence city centre

Maximise your time in Florence with a private transfer from the cruise ship port of Livorno to Florence.
Our transfers offer you the safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to pick you up as you disembark and whisk you off to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence for the ultimate shore excursion.
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€ 37.14

From Pisa International Airport to Florence city centre

The safety and convenience of a private vehicle and driver to transfer you from Pisa airport to Florence (or vice-versa).
Avoid the hassle of using public transport and the stress of driving in Italy. Book a private driver to take you from the Pisa airport to the Florence city centre.
€ 32.50

From Florence City centre to Pisa Airport

The ease of a private vehicle and driver.
Book a private transfer service to drive you from Florence to Pisa or to collect you from the Pisa airport as soon as you arrive for a private transfer to Florence.
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€ 11.13

From Florence Airport to your central Florence hotel

Private transfer from the Florence's Peretola Airport to your hotel in the Florence city centre.
€ 85.00

From Venice City Centre to Florence

Private transfer from Piazzale Roma in Venice to your hotel in the Florence city centre.
Meet your driver in Piazzale Roma, near the Santa Lucia train station, to be accompanied to Florence. 
€ 85.00

From Florence City Centre to Rome

A convenient private transfer from Florence City Centre to the heart of Rome.
Your very own driver to take you from Florence to Rome, or vice versa.
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€ 85.00

From Florence City Centre to Venice

The luxury of a driver collecting you from your accommodation in central Florence for a private transfer to Venice.
€ 74.00

Italian Passions - Food & Wine

Shop not just like a local, but actually with a local! Delve into Italy's gastronomic culture on this fun and tasty food experience, including more tastings than any other package of its kind.
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€ 66.25

A Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour - Dante's Florence

'Cerca Trova' – seek and ye shall find. On this excursion, see the sites that inspired the author Dan Brown to write Inferno, and have a glimpse through the eyes of the protagonist, the fictional sleuth Robert Langdon.
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€ 32.00

A Guided Evening Stroll

A relaxing evening walk around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarter, the Oltrarno, concluding with a pre-dinner drink in a charming local establishment. Experience the dark, medieval past as it is brought to life during this unique exploration of the little-known but notable quarter.
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€ 32.50

From Florence City Centre to Siena

Relax and take in the splendid Tuscany views on your way from Florence to Siena.
A private transfer from the Florence city centre to the charming Tuscan town of Siena.
€ 49.00

Streets & Speaks: A Touring Italian Lesson

Step out of the classroom and onto the city streets on this unique and interactive Italian lesson. Great for all levels, from absolute beginners to more experienced Italian language enthusiasts, this is a relaxed but informative language class that teaches you the essential phrases for everyday living in Italy.
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€ 42.50

Jewish Florence

Discover the rich local Jewish history of the Renaissance on a visit to some of Florence's most impressive sites.
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€ 19.57

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance: Adults Only

Explore the less celebrated, but all the more tantalising, history of scandal and drama during this unique tour of the city. Fame and fortune during the Renaissance inevitably generated numerous scandals, notorious reputations and epic rumours. From the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous to their crimes of passion, hear all the juicy and sordid details behind the dramas that rocked the world of this high society.
€ 64.00

Monumental Marvels: Duomo Museum & Baptistery

Our unparalleled guides will unveil the secrets of one of the oldest monuments in the city, the Baptistery, plus the newly-renovated Opera del Duomo Museum. Don’t miss the chance to access the crypt of the cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome and climb Giotto's Bell Tower at your own leisure.
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€ 80.00

Highlights of Florence

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the city with your own personal guide. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center.
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€ 86.25

From Florence City Centre to Livorno Harbour

Be collected from Florence City Centre for a private transfer to Livorno Harbour Cruise Pier.
Our private driver can meet you at your Florence accommodation, the local railway station or other location of choice.
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€ 30.00

My Exclusive Florence for Kids

Let our great guides help your children explore and learn about this magical destination. You and the kids will be taken on adventures designed to engage even the youngest of travellers! We are experts at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.
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€ 78.75

A Tuscany Bike Tour

Enjoy a fabulous half day bike ride through the Chianti countryside. Traverse the rolling hills and sumptuous valleys that can only be found in the classic Chianti countryside. Work up a hearty appetite in preparation for a gourmet lunch, with the added treat of sampling local  delicacies and olive oil. Our excellent bi-lingual excursion leader will take you on a visit to a traditional villa and will incorporate a stop at one of the most beautiful churches found in the area.
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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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€ 98.33

Artemisia Gentileschi: Progressive Painter Tour

Enjoy an introduction to one of the greatest Baroque artists and pioneers of her time. Artemisia Gentileschi broke many boundaries during the Renaissance: foremost among these was her admission to the Accademia di Arte del Disegno – a first for a woman!
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€ 32.50

Original Florence Walk Winter Special

Explore the Florentine winter magic! For a limited time, take advantage of a personal guided tour of this beautiful city in the winter.
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€ 34.00

A Visit to Artisan Workshops

See local artisans producing some of the city’s most famous traditional handicrafts. This exclusive Artisan's Workshop tour takes you into a world that cannot be found anywhere else but in the ancient streets of this glorious destination.
€ 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.
€ 26.00

Florence Running Tour

Explore the quiet and calm of the city during the most tranquil moment of the day on our unique jogging expedition. See the façades of some of the most breathtaking buildings illuminated by the first rays of Tuscan sunshine and glimpse the most famous piazzas bathed in early-morning light. An opportunity not to be missed.
€ 45.00

Private transportation to Pisa from Florence

A 4-hour return transfer with your own personal driver in a private vehicle from Florence's city centre to Pisa.
Savour your time in Pisa by visiting the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower at your leisure.
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€ 38.00

Galileo Galilei Science Museum

You don't have to be a science buff to appreciate this wondrous and well-organised little gem of a museum. The Museo Galileo is home to the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself. Step back in time as you explore the wonders of the Galileo Museum with your own expert guide.
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€ 150.00

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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