Italy DOs and DON’Ts – pushing in is fine, just don’t touch the apples!

The Uffizi Gallery has just issued a list of rules for visitors to the museum. It got us thinking about etiquette generally in Italy. For instance, when you entre a store, you should ask permission to browse. In Italian you say, ‘Permesso?’ -as in, ‘May I?’-  when you walk into a shop. It is considered […]

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A Perfect Morning in Tuscany!

This morning in Tuscany, walking in the beautiful countryside along the river Elsa, a beautiful mist rose off the still Elsa waters as one early-riser Artviva staff-member was out this morning walking Greta, the bi-lingual, expert-stick-catching* dog. The trees stood leaf-naked, last year’s abandoned bird nests exposed. A few early arrival birds were also to […]

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La Dolce Vita: Keeping it sweet this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the red-heart window displays, the florists’ fireworks of flowers, it all got us thinking to romantic things to do on Valentine’s Day ? or good ways to avoid the hype for the singles amongst us!   We found inspiration at the nearby Odeon cinema, which on February 14th is showing […]

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Hotel Tax in Rome: Visiting Rome becomes delightfully taxing!

Rome has recently announced a new tax for people who stay in Roman hotels. The funds are promised to be utilised in providing and improving services, security, infrastructure transport and other aspects helpful for visitors the Italy’s great capital. For anyone who has ever traversed the tiny, rough-hewn (yet delightfully historic) stones of Roman piazzas […]

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Slow Food Fabulous February Events

Forget fusion, exempt exotic, and move over modern. The Slow Food movement goes old-school on food. Slow Food is all about old-fashioned, good quality cooking utilising locally produce (‘zero kilometre’ food) which is simply and sensationally turned into delicious, healthy meals. The number of people going Slow is rapidly rising. Initially founded in 1989 to […]

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Oh that old thing? Taking things for granted in Florence’s historic city centre

Florence is often called a ‘living museum’ for all the fascinating, historical, stunning elements that lie within. Whether you’re lucky enough to call Florence home, or just equally fortunate to be visiting Florence, it is easy to take for granted the incredible history behind the most basic of things. It’s difficult enough just trying not […]

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The Cinque Terre – Five reasons why ‘la vita è bella’!

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The Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’ is just that: five little village towns on the Ligurian Coast. The villages that comprise the stunning Cinque Terre are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso. Sitting in a cafè in any one of these five lands, sipping on a cool drink in summer or throwing back a hot espresso […]

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