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 be observing the pre-Lenten season with a variety of traditional sweets, costumes and masks, music […]

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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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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 “I love Rome” – we like to look at these mementos of our unforgettable experiences […]

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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 be open again more than a year later, as major renovation works are expected to […]

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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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Bookstores in Florence

Whether it’s to keep you company on a long train ride, or a newly-found interest, or simply token to take back home – shopping for books is part of almost anyone’s itinerary when on holiday. With Italy having culture and the arts so deeply rooted in its daily life, it comes to no surprise that […]

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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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Vasari Corridor Closing – last chance to experience this unique space in Florence

After much uncertainly about the future of the Vasari Corridor in Florence, it has now been confirmed that access to the passageway as it stands today will only be possible until the end of October 2016. Presently, the Vasari Corridor hosts a unique collection of portraits and self-portraits that has lined the corridor for many decades. With the nature […]

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FERRAGAMO: Fashion and Footwear in Florence

  Florence is arguably one of the most fashionable locations in Italy, a hub of artisanship and design that dates back to Renaissance times. One of the biggest names is undoubtedly Ferragamo, who have their store, headquarters and museum in their stunning historical palace in the city centre of Florence. With our ArtViva Tours office […]

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