Tuscany & Umbria

Art & Wine in Tuscany and Umbria from £1,495

Highlights - Spend time in Siena; Drive via Montalcino and Montepulciano to the heart of southern Tuscany; Enjoy trekking and biking in the Sibillini National Park... Read more ...


Connections: Renaissance Cities

Enjoy unique, private access to the atelier (workshop) that produces Venice's carnival costumes, and tour the palace that houses it. Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence accompanied by a specialist art guide. Read more ...

Amalfi Coast

Connections: South to North

Take a walk through Rome's Trastevere district with a local resident.  Learn the secrets of Florentine cuisine from your chef, who guides you in an Italian culinary class. Read more ...

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Best time to be there

Coastal areas and the islands are great year round, although July and August can be very hot. The arts and opera seasons are generally at their peak outside these months. August is very much a shut down month as Italians take their annual break.

Fly to

Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Verona (British Airways), Naples and Venice (British Airways or bmi)

flying time

2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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Ancient Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Complimentary Rome stay
Enjoy an incredible 7 day ancient tour of the Island of Sicily with a complimentary 4 night stay in Rome at the Hotel Eden afterwards. We will also take you on a private guided visit of Classical Rome on your first full day in the eternal city. Prices from £3,455 per person based upon two adults sharing on a b&b basis in our selected hotels with international and domestic flights, private transfers and guiding. Valid for travel between 22nd March - 21st May 2014. Terms & Conditions apply.



Il Borgo, Forte Village, Sardinia

Book before the 30th April and save £1,195 per family
Prices from £3,565 for a 7 night stay for a family of two adults and a child under 12 years sharing a Superior Room at Il Borgo on a half board basis with private transfers and return flights. Valid for travel 10th May - 3rd October excluding 24th -30th May & 26th July - 22nd August. Terms & conditions apply.




        * The Vatican
        * Florence's Uffizi Gallery
        * Venice's lagoon islands


        * Rome's piazzas
        * Florence's Duomo
        * Walking tour of Venice


Contacts make a difference in Italy. A world of difference - and nobody knows that better than our highly qualified guides. The sun-kissed accounts of our returning guests testify to the little personal flourishes that made their Italian holiday truly memorable.

There's A&K's amazingly well-connected Donatella, who introduced guests to Siena's small but perfectly formed delicatessen, al Palazzo della Chigiana, for complementary tasting of cheese, meat and olive oil; a similarly convivial experience with decent wines in a Rome osteria; and another in Florence, where, after an introduction from A&K's guide, local artisans presented our clients' children with beautiful towels embroidered with their names.

And we're just starting. There were gifts of freshly roasted chestnuts in Verona's Piazza Erbe, and a night of free wine and mesmerising views after our guide informed a Positano bar owner that his guests were newlyweds. When you take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Italy in 2014 you'll also be able enjoy the fruits of higher level contacts: a tour of Florence's Vasari Corridor, home of the Medici's private art collection, or a visit to the atelier which makes Venice's elaborate carnival costumes.

As one part of A&K's multi-centre European team that has offered seamless travel across the continent for 25 years, we provide an insider angle on Italy's rich cultural heritage and contemporary life. Along with premium hotels and deluxe villas, we also have our nationwide 'Guardian Angels': super helpful locals who'll iron out any travel wrinkles.

You'll discover a Mediterranean country oozing with history and glorious landscapes: the north's imposing mountains and serene lakes; softly undulating central heartlands drizzled with hilltop villages and cypress trees; and the Neapolitan Riviera's ludicrously romantic resorts, across the sea from Sardinia's powder beaches.

Your A&K tour reveals centuries-old art and architecture, from Venice's palazzo-lined canals and Tuscany's renaissance showstoppers to Rome's honey-stoned grandeur and the South's ancient remains - all with a generous side serving of glorious cuisine.

Small wonder Italy's packed in high season, but, once again, our contacts make a crucial difference. 'Our guide walked us past the long snake of visitors waiting to enter St Mark's in sweltering heat,' wrote James Landsdowne. 'He took us to an innocuous side door, said "Ciao" to the guard, and we were allowed straight in. How wonderful.'

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Suggested Italy Accommodation Offers

Castel Monastero


The ideal holiday for art lovers, foodies and wine connoisseurs, Castel Monastero boasts a superb location, luxurious furnishings, endless relaxation and cuisine deserving of its five stars...

Castiglion Del Bosco


Situated in the heart of Tuscany’s Brunello winemaking region, Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany’s largest contiguous estates. It is located in the Val d’Orcia, 12 km from the Province of Siena...

Palazzo Seneca


After six years of restoration and refurbishment, the Palazzo Seneca is more a visit to a private home than a stay in a hotel, such is the warmth of the service, the comfortable fittings and the relaxed atmosphere...

Forte Village, Hotel Castello


Widely recognized as one of Europe’ s finest resorts, Forte Village has achieved that rare combination of first-class accommodations, service, dining and facilities with a relaxed, casual friendliness...

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily


As with many Belmond hotels, this heritage building is a landmark within its destination. Rooms and suites are stylishly decorated with Italian flair. Most have beautiful terraces or balconies...

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Guest Testimonial

That is why you use a travel agent and a company like A&K because you are always taken care of not only at the point of sale but during the travel, and after your return home if the need should arise.

- GJ, Tour Consultant

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Save the Florentine Monuments, Italy

Save the Florentine Monuments

Is restoring the monuments that are the cultural heritage of Florence and a world treasure.  We are the sole benefactors in the restoration of the bust of Benvenuto Cellini on the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most important monuments in Florence.

Spring Escapes

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Spring escapes with Abercrombie & Kent

The notion of a peak season is usually a function of weather and school holidays, often meaning an increase in hotel rates and airfares. However, at A&K we are big fans of the so-called 'shoulder' season. Here are a few great reasons to get packing this Spring.

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