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We at ArtViva love sharing the beauty of la dolce vita, 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.

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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Invisible Women Artists: A Special Event at ArtViva

We are pleased to share a selection of lovely images from last week’s talk, Invisible Women Artists: Restoration & Rediscovery, with Linda Falcone of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Follow ArtViva on Facebook to not miss out on future events … Continue reading

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The Florence Duomo’s Gnomon, An Ancient Astronomical Tool

A very special way of marking the summer solstice takes place in Florence every year. For one hour at midday, on specific dates on and near the solstice, sunlight streams through the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo … Continue reading

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Farmers Markets in Florence

Florence is blessed with a selection of wonderful farmers markets where seasonal fruits and vegetables abound as well as quality traditional products, from meats, fish, and cheese counters to wines, coffee and liquors. The most notable Florentine markets are the … Continue reading

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Italian Coffee FAQs

Confused about all the different coffee types here in Italy? Read on to learn about the many delicious options, plus practice your Italian with some examples of how to order coffee! If you’re interested in joining a fabulous Italian food & … Continue reading

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May Day in Italy: An Ancient Festival of Flowers & Song

The ancient springtime festivity known as May Day marks a period traditionally associated with flowers, abundance, and rebirth. Its observance includes colorful and merry singing rites, in particular troupes of flower-adorned musicians who frolic about country villages and sing auspicious, … Continue reading

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