Italy’s Best Carnival Parties

Carnival, also known as carnevale or mardi gras, has been celebrated in Italy since the Middle Ages. If you are fascinated by the blending of Christian and pagan practice, and if you love a good party, you’ll enjoy a trip to Italy during the celebration of this festival, which marks the start of Lent. We’ve […]

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A Vine with Your Name: Adopt a Vine with ArtViva

Some of the most popular tours that we run at ArtViva revolve around wine. The attraction of Italian wines draws visitors to the country from around the globe. Since we witness firsthand the immense pleasure that our guests experience when they taste the product on site after meeting the vintners and exploring the winemaking process, […]

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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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The Best of Tuscany Tour: What to Expect

the best tuscany tour

  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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Porcini Mushrooms: an Italian recipe favourite

Porcini mushrooms are one of Italy’s most beloved fungi. They are easily found dried in many local grocery stores, however finding them fresh can be a slightly more difficult task! Almost impossible to cultivate, most local supplies of porcini mushrooms are collected from the wild by local porcini mushroom hunters. Also known as the less-than-delicious-sounding […]

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Romance Made to Measure – Valentine’s Day in Italy

Everyone has their own idea of what is romantic. For some, it’s red roses and chocolates. And if you like red, roses and chocolates, that’s great. However, if you’re looking for some out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for the most romantic day of the year, here are some unique and romantic things to do for Valentine’s day: 1. […]

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A True Tuscan Tale – beans and heroes

Visiting Florence, one thinks about the wonderful museums, the stunning Tuscan-countryside surrounds, the shopping and the food (and the wine, and the coffee… we could go on!). However, one of the things not listed in the guide books, and which makes actual living here so magical is interaction with the locals. Funny, reserved or friendly, […]

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All that glitters is not gold – but sometimes it is! Tuscany’s most famed golden items.

Viola is often recognised as the typical colour of Florence, and in fact the uniform of the beloved Florentine football (soccer) team, La Fiorentina is even purple. But after the football season’s less than shining start for the ‘Forza Viola’, we thought it best to focus on something another colour ? gold! The first famous […]

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