The Best Time to Visit Sicily: Autumn

If the lure of these attractions is what motivates you to visit the area, you should choose your season carefully when you plan a trip to Sicily. Autumn in this region is characterised by a temperate climate, which makes touring particularly pleasant. You won’t get rained on and you won’t get sunstroke. In addition, the […]

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Celebrate the Harvest, Italian Style

The autumn in Italy is a particularly magical time for all of us at ArtViva. The harvesting of the grapes, olives and truffles offers opportunities not only to sample the national delicacies straight from the vine and the soil, but also to join the traditional festivities that celebrate these fruits. Truffle Hunting The truffle is […]

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Our Wines of Nobility Tour: What to Expect

While many tours of Tuscany place a narrow focus on art and architecture, outings that cover more than one area of interest are perfect for making the most of your Italian getaway. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature and a good glass of wine, for instance, you can experience both at the same […]

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Touring Rome’s Iconic Fountains

We have led many tours around Rome over the years, and the city’s artistic and imaginative celebration of running water is one of the universal highlights that guarantees to delight almost every visitor, regardless of age, sex or nationality. In fact, one of the greatest honours that could be given to an artist or sculptor […]

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The Great Grand Canal Expedition: What to Expect

Venice is world-famous for its maze-like streets, glamorous architecture and myriad masks. But, above all, there’s one thing that’ll grab your attention wherever you go: the city’s glistening canals, which twist and turn their way through La Serenissima and radiate an utterly romantic charm. Although Venice’s extensive aquatic network branches off at every possible opportunity, […]

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How to Visit the Vatican with Kids

Too often I have heard parents lament that cajoling their children through a cultural site is like getting them to visit the dentist: a chore and a necessary evil, but certainly not fun. So we set ourselves the challenge of creating a guided visit of the Vatican highlights that will leave your children asking: “Which […]

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Start Your Visit on the Right Foot: A Venice Walking Tour

Venice Tours with Artviva

From stunning architecture to glistening canals, Venice is bursting at the seams with must-see attractions. Naturally, then, tourists – and even locals – are often overwhelmed by the wealth of sights and sounds that The Floating City has in store for curious explorers. Where do you start? And what places of interest should be at […]

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The Best of Tuscany Tour: What to Expect

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  Tuscany has so much to offer: art, history, local culture, food, wine, countryside and sunshine. It can be really tough to know where to start to get the best from the region. Personally I’m still discovering new delights, even after spending years here and after countless Tuscany tours. So if you’re only visiting the […]

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The Lemons of Cinque Terre

Lemons are an ancient fruit, cultivated for millennia throughout the world. Having originated in the Far East, where they were likely used more for ornamental purposes than culinary, lemons made their way to Sicily in about the 10th century. Some centuries later they appeared on the Ligurian coast near Genoa. Today lemon cultivation has spread […]

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Tuscan Truffles: Two New ArtViva Experiences!

Elusive, astonishingly expensive, and beloved by top chefs and foodies, the truffle remains one of the world’s most sought after and intriguing ingredients. To get an idea of just how in-demand this tiny tuber is, consider some recent sales at auction: in 2014 a Sabatino truffle sold at Sotheby’s for $50,000, while a pair of white […]

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