Fun times in Venice, Italy: Carnevale di Venezia

Carnevale di Venezia is one of Venice, Italy’s most spectacular events. Now held annually, the tradition of the Carnival of Venice dates back to 1162, when the Venice locals held massive celebrations after a victory in battle. In the Renaissance times, the anniversary of this military success grew into the Carnevale di Venezia. Today, Carnevale […]

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The best bookshops in Italy – come in, cool off, warm up, read on….

When travelling in Italy, a great thing to buy is a nice book. In the day of electronic devices allowing you to read, take photos, check your email and what not, there is still nothing like a good ol’ fashioned page-turner…with actual pages. And you never have to worry about the batteries running out. Reading […]

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Shopping in Italy – Murano Glass

1920s Millefiori beads from Murano. Photo by EvelynS. Each area of Italy is famous for its long (and in some cases, really, really long) history of artisan production. Florence for its gold and leather, Rome for religious objects and even marble work, chocolate in Perugia, and so on. In Venice, the most traditional items to […]

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Visiting Venice

Venice is composed of 118 little islands linked by 400 bridges the best way to travel in Venice is by boat. The gondola was invented by the city of Venice soon after it was founded in 166 AD and Artviva‘s unique Original Gondola Tour will allow you to slip back in time as you glide past palaces […]

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Welcome to ArtViva!

We have been informed here in the Artviva offices that there may be a museum strike in Florence tomorrow, March 19th!  The strike is programmed for both March 19th and March 23rd, and will affect the Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and the Palatine Gallery in the Pitti Palace, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. All other state […]

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