More Than Florence: Tuscany’s Unexplored Destinations

Grosseto Lake Acceso Italy Tuscany ArtViva Tours

Beaches to rival Sardinia and mountains that link with the Alps—countryside to seaside, skyline to mountain range, Tuscany is a treasure trove of art, nature, and wonder. Yes, technically a trip to Florence will still take you to Tuscany, since Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region, but that’s being literal. As beautiful as […]

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How to Find the Next Record-Breaking Masterpiece with ArtViva

So you’ve been on one or two Florence tours. You love the paintings, the sculptures, the architecture and the ambiance. Have you ever considered learning how to make money from your passion? This November Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for a staggering $450.3 million. If you’ve ever wondered how one becomes […]

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May Day in Italy: An Ancient Festival of Flowers & Song

The ancient springtime festivity known as May Day marks a period traditionally associated with flowers, abundance, and rebirth. Its observance includes colorful and merry singing rites, in particular troupes of flower-adorned musicians who frolic about country villages and sing auspicious, entertaining songs in exchange for offerings of eggs, wine, cakes and other sweets. Similar to […]

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Art Lesson in Florence: Learn to Sculpt or Paint

Florence is synonymous with its artists and architects that forever changed the world landscape in their artistic fields. Considered the forefathers of painting are Cimabue and Giotto, together with art ‘uncles’ Andrea Pisano and Arnolfo. Then came Donatello, Masaccio, Bronzino, Raphael, Filippo Brunelleschi, Piero della Francesca, Ghiberti, Filippo Lippi, Verrocchio, Orcagna, Benozzo Gozzoli, Fra Angelico, […]

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