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History is reflected in every aspect of Italian life from its wonderful art to its delicious cuisine and mesmerising architecture. This narrow boot of crinkled land extending gracefully into the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea has seen the birth of empires, cradled the growth of civilisations and shaped the destinies of continents. A strong cultural identity, independence and regional pride are characteristics found throughout Italy. Venice is a city that has endured both triumph and tragedy, rising from its marshy foundations to become a labyrinth of placid waterways and sweeping bridges. Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. The city's 2,700 years of history are on display everywhere;the term 'living museum' has never been more appropriately used than with Rome. Surprisingly small but perfectly formed, history pours from every alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower of Florence. As the city of art and birthplace of the Renaissance, millions throng here every year to the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Bargello to gaze upon the city's treasures. Rome, Venice and Florence are all great weekend getaways, or for longer stays, head to the glorious Tuscan countryside full of medieval towns, incredible wineries and rustic trattoria, or the sophisticated glamour, secret beaches, and sensational views of the Amalfi Coast followed by a relaxing break on one of Italy's stunning islands.

Italy with A&K
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 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.'

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Italy

Nights: 9 | from £3,100

Spend 9 days living la dolce vita as you explore historical Rome, romantic Florence, peaceful Siena, and alluring Venice on this Italian journey. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Christie’s Art Journeys: Florence: Art of the Renaissance 2015

Nights: 4 | from £2,995

Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie’s on a journey through Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and once inspiration for masters including Brunelleschi,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Adventure & Culture | Special Interest

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Amalfi Coast

Nights: 4 | from £1,850

Sip Limoncello overlooking the romantic Amalfi coast each night after your adventures exploring Capri and Pompeii during your 4 night holiday. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made


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Luxury Small Group Journey - Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea

Nights: 9 | from £5,255

Visiting Palermo, Erice, Seges Ta, Marsala, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse, Taormina And Catania Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Gladiators & Gelati: Family Fun in Italy

Nights: 6 | from £3,950

A fun-filled family Italian adventure over 6 nights, learning about gladiators, enjoying a private cooking class and taking a tour of Florence's oldest... Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Hotel Caruso


A beautiful small hotel, the Caruso is a restored 11th Century Palace, which instantly seduces with magnificent view from the garden. Within a nano-second...Find out more

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani


Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this iconic Belmond hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge's...Find out more

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Hotel Brunelleschi


Located in the heart of Florence, only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Brunelleschi Hotel has been completely renovated in 2012. The works have...Find out more

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Adventure & Culture | Honeymoons

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Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie


A unique luxury hotel in the heart of Rome, Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie is set in extensive, terraced gardens - the 'Secret Garden', which provides a...Find out more

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Verdura Resort


Rocco Forte's first resort, the Verdura Resort is one of Europe's most exciting destinations. Designed by Flavio Albanese, the architecture is a mixture...Find out more

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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Italy


Exclusive VIP Amenities
Book a stay at Capri Palace Hotel & Spa and receive added amenities such as a complimentary 50-minute massage per person per stay.  Prices from £675pp based on 3 nights in a Classic Room on a B&B basis including BA international flights and airport transfers. Valid for now until 18th October 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Hotel Castello di Casole, Italy


Complimentary nights
An all-suite private estate hotel bang in the middle of Tuscany with Siena, San Gimignano and Florence all within an hour. From a perfect cappuccino as the Tuscan sun sets, to a romantic picnic lunch in the vineyards and dining alfresco with friends and family, enjoy the best of the regions food and wine on a break in the rolling Italian countryside.
Enjoy three nights for the price two from 19th March - 30th May, 19th - 31st August & 1st October - 9th November 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

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Hotel Eden, Italy


3 nights from £589pp saving up to £210pp
Book a 3 night stay at Hotel Eden in Rome and pay for only 2. Prices start from £589pp when staying in a Superior Double on a B&B basis including return international flights and private airport transfers. Valid for travel 18th July - 7th September and 8th November - 28th December 2015.

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Verdura Resort, Sicily


Prices from £950pp saving up to £400pp for 7 nights
Book a minimum 4 night stay at the Verdura Resort and receive 40% discount on rates. Prices from £950pp for 7 nights in a Junior Suite including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel 1st October - 22nd November 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Europe team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 703 or enquire online

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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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.

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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

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