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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WINE HARVEST IN ITALY – The vat stats are in!

Now that the 2015 grape harvest in Italy is complete and production of the ensuing Italian wines is well underway, wine estates in Italy are able to reflect on the wine year that was. This summer saw the hottest temperatures on record combined with little rain fall – the perfect conditions for forming quality grapes […]

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

Beyoncé in Florence Italy

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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Italy travel tip #5: Bigger isn’t better for best restaurants in Italy

Beyoncé in Florence Italy

Looking for where to eat in Italy? See a menu offering a large variety of different kind of foods such as pizza, pasta, seafood, meat and more? Most Italians would keep walking. Our tip for dining in Italy is: look for Italian restaurants with small menus. Italian food is great for its simplicity, for its […]

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Calcio Storico – Florence’s ancient ball sport

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

It’s Calcio Storico time, the historic football tournament played each year in Florence‘s Piazza Santa Croce. Arising in Florence during the 1500s, Calcio Storico (a.k.a. Calcio Fiorentino) is believed to have taken inspiration from games played during Roman times. It was the game of choice for the Renaissance ruling classes. Even Popes (including the two Medici […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #3: Ordering food

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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 Italy just for the food (and with good reason). It is however considered bad manners […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #2

We recently asked out wonderful tour guides for some more top tips for travel in Italy. This gem comes from our expert Florence tour guide, Corinna: Always have photo ID on you when travelling in Italy! When on holiday in Italy, it is quite tempting to leave most of your documents in the hotel safe. […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #1

Planning a trip to Italy? A little while back, we made a fun series of travel videos offering Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips. Now, we are here to share some new tips for travelling in Italy, gathered from our expert tour guides and other locals. And the first tip on the list for having […]

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