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About Artviva Tours, Italy

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 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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The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece: ArtViva Hosts Special Event on ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ by Leonardo da Vinci

ArtViva recently hosted a very special guest speaker, Dr. Maurizio Seracini, art diagnostician and founder of Editech, Diagnostic Center for Cultural Heritage in Florence. Mr. Seracini, whose work applies techniques and processes adapted from science and technology to the analysis of … Continue reading

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Italian Carnival: Tradition, Spectacle & Feasting!

Italian Carnival (‘carnevale‘) festivities are at their most impressive in the cities of Venice and Viareggio, where often this time of year hotels must be booked a year in advance! Yet Italians throughout the rest of the country will also … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Italy – from red underwear to throwing pans and pots

We’ve no doubt that Italians like a good celebration: and New Year’s Eve is no exception to the rule. Another year draws to an end, and people worldwide gather to celebrate the happenings of the year past – and hope … Continue reading

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Spending Christmas in Italy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and it gets slightly more wonderful when spent the world’s most beautiful country – Italy (we might be slightly biased here…) As in many other countries, Christmas in Italy comes with a series … Continue reading

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Unique Souvenirs to take from Italy

Souvenirs – that lovely token sitting on our desk that helps us deal a little better with our post-holiday blues once we’re back home. Be it a figurine of Florence’s Duomo, a traditional mask from Venice or a t-shirt saying … Continue reading

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Vasari Corridor re-opens – Last opportunity to visit before its closure

After its closure last July, the Vasari Corridor has now re-opened to the public. Visitors now have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the famous secret passageway before it is closed once again this December. It should then … Continue reading

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