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We at ArtViva love sharing the beauty of life in the Bel Paese, from Italian art, history and culture to the wonderful food and wine and everything in between! Live the experience along with us through our articles and informative posts, and be sure to check out our outstanding small-group tours and experiences in Florence, Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre and beyond.

The Best Time to Visit Sicily: Autumn

I have been running tours in Sicily for years, and there is no doubt in my mind that September through December are the best months to enjoy a visit that focuses on the abundant archaeological and cultural sites of the … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Harvest, Italian Style

The autumn in Italy is a particularly magical time for all of us at ArtViva. The harvesting of the grapes, olives and truffles offers opportunities not only to sample the national delicacies straight from the vine and the soil, but … Continue reading

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Our Wines of Nobility Tour: What to Expect

While many tours of Tuscany place a narrow focus on art and architecture, outings that cover more than one area of interest are perfect for making the most of your Italian getaway. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature … Continue reading

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Touring Rome’s Iconic Fountains

We have led many tours around Rome over the years, and the city’s artistic and imaginative celebration of running water is one of the universal highlights that guarantees to delight almost every visitor, regardless of age, sex or nationality. In … Continue reading

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The Great Grand Canal Expedition: What to Expect

Venice is world-famous for its maze-like streets, glamorous architecture and myriad masks. But, above all, there’s one thing that’ll grab your attention wherever you go: the city’s glistening canals, which twist and turn their way through La Serenissima and radiate … Continue reading

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How to Visit the Vatican with Kids

Too often I have heard parents lament that cajoling their children through a cultural site is like getting them to visit the dentist: a chore and a necessary evil, but certainly not fun. So we set ourselves the challenge of … Continue reading

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Start Your Visit on the Right Foot: A Venice Walking Tour

From stunning architecture to glistening canals, Venice is bursting at the seams with must-see attractions. Naturally, then, tourists – and even locals – are often overwhelmed by the wealth of sights and sounds that The Floating City has in store … Continue reading

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The Best of Tuscany Tour: What to Expect

Tuscany has so much to offer: art, history, local culture, food, wine, countryside and sunshine. It can be really tough to know where to start to get the best from the region. Personally I’m still discovering new delights, even after … Continue reading

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The Lemons of Cinque Terre

Lemons are an ancient fruit, cultivated for millennia throughout the world. Having originated in the Far East, where they were likely used more for ornamental purposes than culinary, lemons made their way to Sicily in about the 10th century. Some … Continue reading

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Tuscan Truffles: Two New ArtViva Experiences!

Elusive, astonishingly expensive, and beloved by top chefs and foodies, the truffle remains one of the world’s most sought after and intriguing ingredients. To get an idea of just how in-demand this tiny tuber is, consider some recent sales at auction: … Continue reading

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