Top reasons to visit Italy this Autumn

The days get shorter; the weather gets colder. Sulking, children and adults alike head back to school and to work after the summer holidays. Yes, autumn is right around the corner. Different seasons, different charms. We might sound like a proud mother when we say that all seasons here in Italy are beautiful, and autumn […]

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Around Italy by train: a quick guide

If you’re travelling to Italy, and you want to see more than one city – then travelling by train is your safest bet. Not only are the main cities well-connected between one another, but they’re also connected to smaller, sometimes more authentic towns close-by. Travelling by train in a new country might sound pretty daunting […]

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Eating gluten free in Italy

Travelling with a food intolerance (such as gluten) or allergy (like with Celiac disease) is never easy. Visiting Italy and eating gluten-free might seem daunting, almost impossible, to some. The good news is that the prevalence of wheat in the Italian cuisine has made the land of pizza, pasta and bread one of the most […]

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Unique Florence – Laurentian Library

A little gem in Florence, the Laurentian Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana) holds a vast collection of early-edition books, prints and manuscripts, the bulk of which formed the private library of one of Florence’s most important families. Having worked their way up from their merchant beginnings to become rulers and even Popes, the Medici family (specifically […]

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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 – from foods, to processions, to the most eccentric regional traditions. Whether you’ve planned to […]

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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 celebrate women’s economic, political as well as social achievements. Traditionally, during this day women in […]

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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 heart of the historical city centre of Florence, the Saint Zenobius column is said to […]

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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 the must-see sights of Naples. Some of these same places to visit in Naples can also […]

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

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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 experience! If you find somewhere that is willing to serve up a ‘traditional’ Italian meal […]

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