Category Archives: Art Tours Italy

Easter in Italy: what to do, where to be, what to expect

Easter – that time of year during which the faithful and not alike find themselves promising they would eventually get on a diet. Eventually. Naturally here in Italy, Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, comes with its many traditions and celebrations … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Italy is no exception to celebrating International Women’s Day – that one day during which we look around us to appreciate the women in our lives. Founded in the early 20th century, the 8th of March is a day to … Continue reading

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Florence’s Finer Details – the Column of Saint Zenobius

  With all the marvellous monuments to see in Florence’s city centre, it’s easy to miss a relatively small and unimposing column. Yet just near the Florence Cathedral, right by the Baptistery, is the Saint Zenobius column. Right in the … Continue reading

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CNN in Naples, Italy: Walking Tour with ArtViva

We at ArtViva Tours are pleased to have helped CNN with a report on Naples, Italy on their recent visit to one of Italy’s most captivating cities. Our expert Naples Italy tour guide led the visiting CNN reporter and crew through … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #8: Eat like a local, with the locals

Italians eat dinner late, usually sitting down to dine in Italy at around 8.00-9.00 pm. Restaurants thus have their first seatings at around 7.30pm. Our latest tip for travelling in Italy is: eat dinner later for a true Italian dining … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #3: Ordering food

This tip for travelling in Italy that comes from our much-loved Florence tour guide, Brenda. Don’t over-order food. On any holiday in Italy, it’s tempting to want to try as many different foods as possible. Indeed, many people travel to … Continue reading

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All eyes on Artemisia: BBC Documentary with Michael Palin + conference in Florence

We at ArtViva have been all about Artemisia Gentileschi of late. ArtViva has been working with the BBC on their production of a documentary featuring Michael Palin. We are also proudly sponsoring a conference and its filming on this acclaimed … Continue reading

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Heracles and Nessus restored in Florence, Italy

    In the late 1500s, Italian artist Giovanni Caccini completed his recreation of the Ercole e Nesso (Heracles and Nessus) statue. The artwork depicts the strong man of Greek mythology overpowering the centaur, not long before Heracles himself died … Continue reading

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Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David is considered by many as the greatest artwork ever made. Its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), was pretty great too. Not only was he a sculptor, but also a painter (think, Sistine Chapel), architect (dome of St Peter’s Basilica), … Continue reading

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Fun times in Venice, Italy: Carnevale di Venezia

Carnevale di Venezia is one of Venice, Italy’s most spectacular events. Now held annually, the tradition of the Carnival of Venice dates back to 1162, when the Venice locals held massive celebrations after a victory in battle. In the Renaissance … Continue reading

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