Artviva’s Original Florence Walk small-group tour: The Reviews

The Cupola Santa Maria del Fior - a site to see on our small-group guided tour of Florence

Of course, we at Artviva think our Original Florence Walking Tour is the best tour of Florence under the (Tuscan) sun! But you don’t have to just take our word for it – below you can scroll down (and down) through just some of the many comments people have made about their great time on tour with us, exploring the historical city centre of Florence.

“Would highly recommend it for any first-time visitor”The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

My wife and I heard about ArtViva from research on Tripadvisor.com and, as it was our first trip to Florence, decided that a walking tour would be the best way to see the key sights. Sara was an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable on the history of the city and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour that she provided. I thought her pacing was good and appreciated the break at the Piazza Signorelli. We felt the size of the group was fine and the 3+ hours was about right. We would highly recommend it for any first-time visitor.

Mr. Thanassoulas

“Fantastic tour” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

It was a fantastic tour. I was worried because I’d booked it for a group of us – there were eight and I wanted to please everyone – and I did!  Everyone enjoyed it tremendously – it was informative, easy to understand and follow, full of good humour, and interesting stories making the lives of Florence and Florentines through the years come alive.  Our guide was really great as she enabled all of the above.  We all felt as if she was glad we were there too.

Ms. Melara

“Outstanding” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

My guide was outstanding in every way.  She was very knowledgeable, articulate, easy to talk with, and put everything in a broader historical context. This was a great tour that I would highly recommend to anyone else I knew that was going to Florence. Everything was great!!!!

Mr. Mowatt

Giotto's Bell Tower - see it on our small-group guided tour of Florence!

“Excellent!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Tour guide for Original Florence walk was excellent and so was the tour.  I feel like it was a great introduction to Florence and great overview of key parts of the city and its history. Thanks for a great tour!

Collette Roney

“The wisest choice” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

I cannot say enough good about this tour. This was the wisest choice I could have made for my first full day in Florence. Our guide was very informative ? we hit all the highlights and I learned so much! I was able to take this knowledge and look for certain things while I was touring on my own later in the day. This tour gave me the confidence to explore around on my own and when my husband was able to join me later (he was attending a business conference the morning of my tour), I was able to tell him all the many wonderful things I learned. I would highly recommend this tour to all my family and friends and anyone else wishing a tour of Florence. In fact, I would highly recommend that visitors take your tour prior to exploring on their own. The tour gives a very good overview of the history of Florence and is a good foundation to build on.

Vicki Howard, Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

Our lovely and knowledgable tour guides bring Florence to life as you tour through Florence's city centre

“The 3 hours felt like 30 minutes” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We had a wonderful tour with Elisabetta. She was extremely informative and had a great sense of humour. The 3 hours felt like 30 minutes. I will surely recommend! Thank you!

Kathleen Peterson

“The best guide possible” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Our tour guide was fantastic.  He was born in Florence but was educated in the USA and then came back to Florence for a short visit – 35 years ago.  Anyway we really enjoyed our tour and felt that we had the best guide possible.  He was very well informed  and explained everything very clearly.  I believe his only problem was that he did not have enough time to tell us all the information he wanted to give us.

Eve Wickwire

“Outstanding tour” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre
This was an outstanding tour, Elisabetta was exceptional. She had a good  understanding of Florence and the history of Italy. She was able to make the link between history, art and architecture in a way that we could understand. Our journey in Italy was just starting and this was our first city and first tour. Elisabetta linked Florence’s history with that of Siena, Rome and other cities near by. It was excellent because as we made our way through the other cities and various museums, we were able to remember her words and join the dots. The tour also helped us orient ourselves with Florence and as we walked around later we were well positioned to find our way. In total during our stay in Italy we did about 10 or 11 tours in total and I would have to say that this was one of the very best. It was very worthwhile.

Brenda

“We would always use your company” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

The most recent trip to Florence was the second time I have used your company, and we did the same tour.  The guides are excellent and being all native English speakers there was no accent issues. The amount of knowledge the guides have is amazing, and it is fun when it is told in situ and within the framework of a story. I would always use your company and I have recommended you to other Australians over the years.

Cherryann Woods

“The guide was excellent” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Our guide was Sara (an American girl). The guide was excellent and took us to, and explained the history of, 2 interesting churches which we would otherwise have overlooked.  We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and consequently Florence is one of the highlights of our trip.

Di Walmsley

“Extremely informative tour” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Extremely informative tour. Great to have a guide so knowledgeable, capable of answering questions, and willing to share “local knowledge” not covered by the tour.

Darren Lipnicki

Looking out at the Ponte Vecchio - part of the guided, small-group Original Florence Walking Tour

“Wonderful job” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

The tour was excellent. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Florence.  My sister will be going at the end of April and will do this tour.  Paul brought out many interesting facts about Florence.  We are a family of 5 with teenagers on this tour and they enjoyed the tour very much.  Thank you to Paul who did a wonderful job.

Eileen Swiatkowski

“This is great!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

THANK YOU!  We had one day in Florence during our Italian trip ? far too short ? so we booked the walking tour for our family (parents and teenagers aged 14 and 15).  It was perfect and we all enjoyed it!  Sara was very good and we appreciated her commentary immensely.  Bear in mind this was the second last day of 2 week trip, our kids were tired and a bit overwhelmed by history, ruins, train rides and they both had colds.  We started the tour with mixed feelings so when our son said 5 minutes into the walk, ‘This is great” we knew we’d lucked out!  We learned so much more than if we had tackled the city with guide book in hand!  Sara’s knowledge of art, history and interesting tidbits was very much appreciated.

The Halford Family, Calgary, Canada

“The walk was wonderful” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Our guide on the Original Florence walk was wonderful!  Very knowledgeable, very entertaining.  Our walking tour was well designed and the guide made the entire experience very pleasant!!!

Ed and Dominique Tribuzio

“Our guide was exceptional!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We are very fond of walking tours and we have done them with various guides all over the world from Moscow to Chicago, but our guide Corinna was exceptional!  Her knowledge is vast and enthusiasm is infinite.

Mr and Mrs Malikov

“Superb tour!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Superb tour!  We did the Original Florence Walk and our guide Corinna was engaging, extremely knowledgeable in art, in history, culture, you name it.  She kept us all rapt throughout the 3 hours.

Daisi Martin

“The best walking tour in Italy!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We went on the Original Florence Walk with Sara.  She was excellent, very knowledgeable and made the ‘stories’ come alive.  The best walking tour in Italy so far!!

Nina Beyer

“The kids were fascinated!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We loved both of the walking tours we signed up for.  Our first morning in Firenze we had Elizabeth as our guide for The Original Florence Walk.  She was great, very well informed and with a lovely sense of humour.  We were travelling with our two children and I wanted her to give a broad history lesson on the power of the Medici family so that the kids could understand a little better what was going on.  It was amazing, she spent the next 10 minutes explaining all the relationships of the Medici family, and how they rose to power or didn’t, how they died or didn’t, who they married, or didn’t and all the great and not so great things they did for Florence. The kids were fascinated and I think without that perfect description, they would have been bored by all that came next on the tour.

Julie Graham Zeiden

“Florence came alive!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

ARTVIVA! Thank you for making FLORENCE come alive and become OUR FAVORITE city we visited this summer!  When we reminisce about our vacation to Italy…FLORENCE always makes us smile. The night before our tour we walked into your office with questions.  We were immediately greeted with a smile and had our questions answered.  Your office left us with a good feeling for our tour the next morning. Sara, our tour guide and fellow Californian, brought such warmth to our group right from the “get go” … from the minute our group gathered … to our last minutes together.  We fell in love with both Sara and Florence and didn’t want the tour to end.  Sara’s knowledge of the amazing art and architecture, the history of the city and it’s people, both past and present ~ made it come ALIVE!  She transported us to the past in a way that we felt like a living part of Florence.  She made the facts  not only interesting but fun and easy to remember and by adding some of her own perspective and personal touch to some of the facts, not only as an art major but now a local Florentine, she made them special. Sara’s personal knowledge combined with her factual knowledge and obvious love of people make her one of a kind! At the end of our tour Sara shared the name of one of her favourite restaurants with us which we ate at that evening and … WOW!  What a fabulous out of the way restaurant!  Thanks, Sara! It was our pleasure to join you, ArtViva ~ and thank you again, Sara! Until we see you again on our next trip, to Venice ~ Ciao!

Dan and Sally Burch, Ladera Ranch, California

“It was fabulous!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

On May 14 we (4 people from Canada) went on walking tour with Sara. It was fabulous. She is so full of information and has such a love for your city. Please note, back in 2004 my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Florence, we did a walking tour then with Sara. So we were so thrilled to see her again upon our return. We had told our friends about our great experience and upon completion of our tour this time, they were also in awe of all her knowledge and wonderful way of talking about history.

Mr. & Mrs. Shook

“Excellent enjoyable tour” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Excellent enjoyable tour.  Our guide made this tour very interesting with her fountain of knowledge and her relaxed approach in explaining Florence’s history,  we were so impressed we booked another tour with Artviva in Florence and two tours in Rome – all of which were excellent. Would highly recommend these tours to everyone.

Ms. O’Keefe

“Our guide was amazing!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We just wanted to let you know that we took a half-day walking tour of Florence with Sara as our tour guide and she was amazing!!!  She not only was knowledgeable about the history, architecture, political/religious intrigue of Florence over the centuries, but she was also interesting and animated.  We generally do not join tours as we like to explore on our own.  We wanted to learn more and go to some out of the way sites too.  She is just fabulous!!

The Kamel Family (Onsi, Stephanie, Onsi A. & Iman)

“Enjoyable tour for the whole family” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

The Original Florence Walk as a really enjoyable tour for the whole family.  All of us were kept entertained for the whole time ? even my 8 year old daughter.

Ms. Nahajski

“Wonderful!” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

The tours were amazing. The walking tour gave us an even deeper understanding of the amazing architecture around us.  If we hadn’t taken a tour, we would have just thought it was all old and beautiful with no idea of the actual history.  The tour was thorough yet concise enough to not get boring.  The 3 hour time frame was great because it gave us plenty of info as well as gave us the rest of the day to do some exploring on our own.  Wonderful!

Veronica Curran

“A very interesting excursion” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

A very interesting excursion through the city and the information presented in a lively way. I would never have found out certain historical facts on my own. I will definitely use your services next time, when I go to Florence or Venice.

Regards, Elita Pavlovska

“Made our day in Florence very special” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We loved our tour.  Elisabetta was wonderful.  She was very knowledgeable about all of the areas we visited and very concerned when it rained during the tour.  She rearranged the tour and took us to a church where we would be dry. We loved her sense of humor and ability to answer any questions we had. We had read on Trip Advisor about how great your tours were and we were not disappointed.  She made our day in Florence very special and we all agreed she was top notch as a guide.

Kazakavich

“Delightful  experience” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

On a rainy November 8th I had the delightful experience of wandering the streets of Florence with the lovely and informative Sara. This is my 5th visit to Florence but my first Walk. It will not be my last. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Would I recommend this Walk?  Definately. You don’t need to be a first time visitor to enjoy this walk. Thanks, ArtViva.

Rhonda LeJeune, Huntsville Alabama.

“Truly a perfect tour” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

It was truly a perfect tour!  Corinna was so knowledgeable, kind and clear.  My whole family loves walking tours and agreed this was one of the better ones we’d had.  Corinna’s knowledge base was phenomenal and it really made everything come to life for us!

Jennifer Haines

“The city came alive for us” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Elisabetta and would agree that it was one of the highlights of our trip. Not only was the size of the group just right but the amount of information imparted in a relatively short time was amazing and Elizabeth was very good at blending history, art, architecture and social history together so that the city came alive for us. Many thanks to her and to your company for providing such a good service.

Susan Taheri

“The tour was excellent value” – The Original Florence Walk: small-group guided tour of Florence’s city centre

This is the kind of walk we can highly recommend.  Elisabetta’s guided walk was presented in an intelligent, enthusiastic and informative way; displaying her breadth of knowledge, sense of humour, patience and love of her subject.  We had a great time and felt we had discovered so much that we may otherwise have missed.  The tour was excellent value and we will be sure to spread the word!

Regards, Dave & Maggie

Our Florence walking tour guides are so fabulous that you may not want to share them with others. Luckily, we also offer this Original Florence Walk as a private tour, with our My Exclusive Original Florence Walk tour. Here’s what one recent client had to say:

“Wonderful” – My Exclusive Original Florence Walk: private guided tour of Florence’s city centre

Our private Original Florence Walk tour was wonderful.  The guide truly “made” our trip to Florence much more meaningful.  I hope when we come back to Florence she can give us another Part II Tour!  We will highly recommend your company to our friends in the US.  Many thanks for rescheduling to avoid the horrible weather in Sunday.  You are a first class company.

Ms. Hedrick

For more information about our Original Florence Walking Tour you can also email us on staff@artviva.com or call Italian number +39 055 264 5033.

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