Italy

ITALY ANTIQUES TOURS

From dodging vespa’s in the hustle and bustle of the Roman and Renaissance cities to cruising the softly undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside, Italy is brimming treasures just waiting to be uncovered.  This is the perfect country to plan multi-day, bespoke tours, going from Milan to Florence to Siena or a hill top village in between, finding the best prices on mid-century pieces, contemporary ceramics and glass to a gorgeous selection of rustic farmhouse and more traditional antiques.

Our Guide will take the guess work out of where to go, creating well researched itineraries for you, as she picks you up from your hotel and escorts you through this enchanting nation, translating and negotiating on your behalf the entire time. Because our guides are locals, they have relationships with vendors and know exactly where to take you based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money while on tour.

 

By Location:

1.  Florence Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Florence has so much to offer that we have created several itineraries that delve into the different ‘contradas’ of the city, from the small artisan workshops, to mid-century and  vintage to fine antiques.  Our Guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you beyond Santa Croce’s  narrow alleyways and through the Oltrarno and Beccaria into the shaded streets lined with noble residences.  We introduce you to our favourite antique boutiques and artisan studios as we visit antichità located in ateliers tucked tightly out of sight.  We’ll visit gilders and wood carvers, framers and print-makers, shops carrying everything from period antique furniture, quirky collector’s pieces to silversmiths, restorers and guilders to custom made frames and lampshades alongside vendors with Florentine paper you won’t find on the Ponte Vecchio. From Renaissance antiques to Art Deco baubles, from vintage to the fleas, this tour is for an explorer at heart – one who wishes to discover the real Florence.

Note:  Special Florence Flea Market Tours and visits available on the 2nd Sunday of the month, the 3rd weekend of the month and last Sunday of the month

 

2.  Antiquing in Venice
Available Tuesday to Saturday
Half Day and Full Day Tour

There are two cities of Venice.  The one the tourists see and the one the locals know.  Rarely do these two interact.  Antiquing with a local  Venetian is an entirely different experience as you gain access into a world only Venetians are allowed to enter.  We’ll pass alleyways lined with top antique dealers and into private homes and palazzos for private appointments, antiquing in the center of the city of water.  In Venice it’s all about the introduction – be introduced to dealers as their friends instead of as tourists.  Join our Antique Guide as they take you on the hunt for antiques – from museum-quality pieces to Venetian painted furniture, mirrors and chandeliers, antique glass, statues, jewelry, paintings and textiles.   On your Venice Antiques Tour we will translate and negotiate on your behalf, maximizing your time and money.  We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.  This tour is ideally suited for both tourists seeking an exclusive opportunity and interior designers.

 

3.  Florence to Siena Antiques Tour
Available Monday to Friday
Full Day Tour

An itinerary that dips into the Tuscan countryside visiting traders you would never find alone; from architectural salvage, to  farmhouse furniture to agricultural pieces, perfect for repurposing, as well of course as traditional Italian antiques.

 

4.  Siena Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you through the medieval city of Siena, guiding you through narrow streets to find hidden piazzas that play host to fine antique shops filled with vintage fashion jewellery, linens, prints and books, to some very secret sources  with pieces at extraordinary prices.  Of course there is also a fine selection of classic Tuscan rustic pieces available too.  As always we translate and negotiate for you while on tour.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

Note: Special Siena Flea Market tours available on the 3rd weekend of the month (excluding July & August)

 

5.  Arezzo Flea Market Tour
Available the first Sunday of the month (and the preceding Saturday)
Full Day Tour

Depending on your location , our Guide will pick you up at your hotel or meet you at a designated destination and guide you through the alleys and winding streets to the Piazza Grande in the centre of town which hosts the Arezzo Flea Market featuring 500 vendors.  Hunt for antique and vintage furniture, jewellery, paintings, religious articles, crockery, glass, kitchen and cooking items, silver, glass, ceramics and books, discover little treasures along the side streets… whether you’re looking for large or small items, it’s difficult to come away empty handed.  We help you translate and negotiate with the vendors, maximizing your time and money. We also liaise you with a shipper post-tour to get your purchases home.

 

6.  Arezzo Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

Arezzo also hosts some very fine antique and mid-century stores and warehouses, that often are lost in the hustle and bustle of the fair.  Our Antiques Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you through Arezzo, introducing you to some of our favourite antique sources in this Tuscan city.  You will also go to several shops around the countryside just outside of Arezzo, shopping for classic Tuscan rustic furniture, repurposed pieces, architectural salvage and lighting. Our Guide translates and negotiates for you, and we liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

 

7. Lucca Flea Market Tour
Available the third Sunday of the month (and the preceding Saturday)
Full Day Tour

A true jewel of Tuscany, the Lucca Flea Market Tour starts with our Guide picking you up at your hotel and escorting you to the market which consists of 250 vendors specializing in everything from Tuscan rustic furniture, religious artifacts to mid-century lighting.  Our Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf, maximizing your time and money.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

 

8.  Emilia Romana Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Explore Parma and the Italian countryside with an Antiques Diva & Co Guide who picks you up at your hotel and drives you to our favourite vendors in this region. Shop a menagerie of antiques stores, second hand shops as well as warehouses filled with antiques.  You’ll find everything from midcentury lighting to furniture to jewellery. As always, our Guide translates and negotiates every step of the way, maximizing your time and money. We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

9.  Umbria & Le Marche Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to our best trade only sources in this area.  We shop warehouses filled with painted Italian furniture, restoration salvage; doors, shutters, tiles and fireplaces.  Rest assured that you’re getting the best prices as our Guides we negotiate on your behalf as walk in with the buying power of all our clients. We also translate for you on tour and liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

10.  Milan Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Milan is the perfect place to shop for antiques as the city offers a wide variety of pieces including mid-century modern and vintage fashion.  Some of the best antique shops in Italy reside in Milan and our Guide will take you to them after picking you up at your hotel.    We translate and negotiate on your behalf, maximizing your time and money.  We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

11.  Italian Trade Only Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
One to five day tour

This tour is for the serious trade professional looking to power shop.  Having researched your field and interest we will create a detailed itinerary for you visiting  our favourite warehouses in the Italian countryside where you’ll find all types of antiques at wholesale prices.  Whether you’re looking for mid-century modern pieces, Tuscan rustic furniture,  lighting, or architectural salve we know exactly where to go.  We also translate and negotiate on your behalf as we bring the buying power of all our clients when we walk in the door.  Our relationships with vendors help get you the best price.  We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

BY THEME

– Architectural Salvage
– Tuscan Rustic
– Midcentury Modern
– Vintage Fashion
– Tuscan Ceramics
– Italian Vintage Glass

 

Future Offerings:
We are currently researching Rome and the surrounding areas for future itineraries… stay tuned! Inquire for details [email protected]