Free Leather Artisan Demonstrations

Florence has been famous for leather production since the Renaissance. With so many leather shops in the city it is difficult to know where to buy leather goods and how to ensure the high quality one should expect.  With Artviva’s help you will be able to learn how to buy high quality leather goods and […]

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Strike Announced for Florence Museums&Transport

  A strike has been announced for all State Museums (including the Uffizi and Accademia), as well as for public transport services for tomorrow, 25th June 2010. From 10.00am until 6.00pm tomorrow, Regional trains will not be operating.  Eurostar and FrecciaRossa however scheduled to run as normal. Whilst there are also certain major Regional train […]

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Feast day of Saint John the Baptist tomorrow!

Tomorrow on June 24 Florence will celebrate the birth of the John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Florence. The feast of Saint John the Baptist has been celebrated in Florence since medieval times with festivals lasting three days. Visitors to Florence these days will have to suffice with one day of festivities. The highlight of […]

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After touring the Uffizi gallery…

When you exit the Uffizi gallery, perhaps after having taken our Masterpieces of the Uffizi tour, the street that leads to the Duomo is called Via dei Leoni. It is an unassuming street which takes its name (“street of the lions”) from the fact that the Medici kept live lions caged there! This was done […]

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Great restaurants in Florence

Italy is justly famous for its food and Florence is no exception. However, finding a restaurant that locals actually eat at can prove surprisingly difficult. Especially tricky is finding a local restaurant that serves good authentic Florentine beefsteak.  Artviva’s Festival evenings are the perfect start to an evening in Florence. The evening begins with a […]

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What’s on in Florence – farmer’s market

This Sunday June 20th in one of the quaintest and most picturesque squares of Florence, piazza Santo Spirito, a yearly summer fair will take place. Similar to a farmer’s market you will find Tuscan wines, cheeses and other gastronomic delights for sale. Piazza Santo Spirito is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence. Oltrarno ?literally […]

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Visiting Venice

Venice is composed of 118 little islands linked by 400 bridges the best way to travel in Venice is by boat. The gondola was invented by the city of Venice soon after it was founded in 166 AD and Artviva‘s unique Original Gondola Tour will allow you to slip back in time as you glide past palaces […]

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Giving David a bath!

A new play about Michelangelo’s statue of David has just opened in New York. In this girl-meets-statue story, Giulia, an American restorer has the job of cleaning Michelangelo’s masterpiece at the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Michelangelo’s David was restored six years ago and visitors to Florence should certainly put seeing David as the top of […]

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