Explore Tuscan Wine with a Leading Wine Critic

  If you are coming to Tuscany with the intention of sampling the region’s excellent wines then we have an experience that can raise your tour from the level of the ordinary to the realm of the extraordinary. There’s no question that spending time with an expert can enhance your experience of whatever you are […]

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How to Find the Next Record-Breaking Masterpiece with ArtViva

Sex, Drugs and the Renaissance

So you’ve been on one or two Florence tours. You love the paintings, the sculptures, the architecture and the ambiance. Have you ever considered learning how to make money from your passion? This November Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for a staggering $450.3 million. If you’ve ever wondered how one becomes […]

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Christmas in Italy? Our Favourite Destinations

Everyone will tell you that Christmas in Italy is a magical time, and I would not hesitate to agree. Yuletide visitors get to enjoy the twinkling lights and tasteful city decorations that enhance the already charming historic centres. Italians extend their celebrations through the Feast of Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night), so those visitors […]

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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 Mercato Centrale di Firenze in the San Lorenzo neighborhood and the Sant’Ambrogio Market near the piazza of the […]

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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, entertaining songs in exchange for offerings of eggs, wine, cakes and other sweets. Similar to […]

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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 precious art works, is well known for his ongoing research on Leonardo da Vinci’s The […]

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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 of traditions starting as early as November – where in most towns and cities, one […]

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