My Exclusive Best of Siena with a Great Tour Guide
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On 2014/10/31
Greg D said:
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Outstanding

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:
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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:
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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:
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excellent

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:
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excellent

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:
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EXCELLENT VENICE TOURS

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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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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Explore one of Tuscany’s most charming hilltop towns, with an expert tour guide. 

On this three hour walking tour you will hear murder stories, see relics of famous saints, learn about the famous annual ‘Palio' horse race and much more!

Immerse yourself in the history of one of Tuscany's most charming hilltop towns on this My Exclusive Best of Siena tour.

Discover why Siena was once the enemy of Florence. Visit the stunning cathedral of Siena. Step into the unforgettable ‘Campo' square. Get a true feel for life in a charming Tuscan picturesque town exploring the sites.

Highlights of the My Exclusive Best of Siena Tour include:

Visit some of Siena’s most charming piazzas. Hear about the fascinating lives of the powerful families that lived within the Siena’s gothic, renaissance and mannerist-style palaces.

From the fable of the Sienese wolf to the murderous tale of Pia de’ Tolomei, your private Siena tour guide will share the amazing stories behind this charming must-see Tuscan town.

Enter the church that saw the birth of the famous Sienese painting style. Hear the fascinating stories behind the life of Siena’s Saint Catherine, see where she lived and the paintings depicting important scenes from her life, as well as the relics of her thumb and head!

Spy the mark of the Medici – their coat of arms emblazoned on the impressive Town Hall building in the charming shell-shaped Piazza del Campo that is transformed for the Palio – Siena’s famous horse race with an intriguing history.

Your expert Siena tour guide will show you where the horses are held, as you hear about the tensions, tricks and thrills that have marked the Palio throughout its colourful history. You’ll also see where the Archbishop holds mass for the jockeys before the Palio.

Learn about Pope Pio II Piccolomini – Siena’s pope.

Hear the dramatic and at times humorous stories of the rivalry between Siena and Florence.

Visit the cathedral that was intended to out-do Florence’s ‘Duomo’ and decide for yourself who was the victor. Inside, hear about the famous pavement, see artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello, and see the Tuscan sun’s rays coloured by the delicate stained glass window by  Duccio di Buoninsegna.

On this 3-hour guided Siena tour, discover the business innovation that allowed Siena to become such an important and rich Italian city that has never lost its small-town charm. 

Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims who marched the long road from northern Europe to Rome in ancient times.

Learn about the great foods that have become famous in Siena from sweet treats to delicious meats. Your Siena tour guide can also point out some great places to dine, or to stop for a gelato or glass of Tuscan wine in a charming location, and even let you in on some great Italian shopping secrets in Siena, one of Tuscany’s best places for great shopping in Tuscany.

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