The heart of great art beats on in Italy

Siena - great Tuscan town keeping up the wonderful Tuscan art traditions

Italy has inspired some of the world’s greatest artists to create some of the best artworks ever created by man. The concept of Italian art invites thoughts of Michelangelo slaving away at the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican, of Botticelli working on the painstaking detail of his Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery, and many other great Renaissance artists who made Italy the hub of world-class art.


Despite being known for its great Renaissance art and artists, Italy has never wandered  from its post as one of the world’s top art cities for artists and art lovers alike. To this day, there are many art schools in Florence, and many art students who come here to hone their craft, inspired as one inevitably is by the lush countryside with its soft rolling hills, the harshly peaked alps,  the fields blooming with wildflowers, and of course, the romantic cities with their impressive architecture.


In Siena, the Siena Art Institute is hosting a series of innovative art workshops that are freely open to the entire city. The works created will be used to adorn the walls of the Institute when it opens anew on September 24, 2011.

From photography workshops, drawing labs, art inspired by sound, and other fun activities in Siena, it is a great fun way to get the creative juices flowing.  For more information, call us at 0577 532001, send an email to or visit or see


We also have a great private guided tour of Siena to explore the wonderful Tuscan hilltop town with an expert tour guide in this 3-hour private Siena walking tour.


For those who prefer to spend some time spending in Siena (a great location for shopping!), or free time to just relax and enjoy this great Tuscan village town, we have the Best of Tuscany small-group tour, bring you Tuscany direct from Florence. In one fabulous full-day Tuscany tour, visit Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni as well as enjoy a traditional Tuscany lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate.


To explore some of the world’s greatest art in one of the top museums with an expert tour guide, we have The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour. There is also our skip-the-line Accademia visit –The Original David Tour. Combined with a small-group walking tour of Florence, Original Florence Walk, to hear more about Italian traditions and the fascinating history  of Florence with an excellent English-speaking tour guide, we have the Florence tours discounted package, Florence in One Glorious Day (or 2).

In Rome, we have a guided small-group, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican where you can see more classic artworks in the Vatican Museum with a great tour guide.

If you are looking for some other great things to do in Tuscany to enjoy local cuisine, explore the Tuscan countryside in a small group,  taste Tuscan wine and the like, we have a great range of small-group Tuscany tours.

Visit a Tuscan villa on the Taste of Tuscany at the Villa wine tour. Explore the historic wine estate before undertaking a wine tasting. Tread through the terrain, enjoying spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside up-close and personal.

Stroll through the Tuscan countryside,  join us for a Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Leaving from Florence’s city centre and heading to the surrounding countryside, this small-group walking tour includes, well, walking in Tuscany, as well as lunch with wine at a stunning Renaissance Villa Estate, accompanied by an expert tour guide.

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

We also have a great range of fantastic private tours that cater to your every desire. From Private tours in Florence (and Tuscany Private Tours ) to Rome with a Private GuideVenice private tours to the Private Tours of the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.

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