Cox & Kings offers an extensive range of expert-led art holidays in Italy in association with the Royal Academy of Arts. The tours go into greater detail on the incredible artistic heritage of this country, often including exclusive visits to sites usually closed to the general public.
Tours include the remarkable mosaics of Ravenna; the well-preserved archaeological sites of Herculaneum, Pompeii and the Villa Oplontis; in-depth city tours of Rome and Florence; the unique architecture of Puglia; Renaissance art in Umbria; and the cultural diversity of the island of Sicily.
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with
experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally
Dormer. In 401AD, the city became the
capital of the western Roman empire
and mosaic-decorated churches were
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna
with experts Olivia Dobell or Andrew
Spira. Home to the oldest university in
the west and world famous for its cuisine,
Bologna is one the most diverse...
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of
Naples, once one of the greatest centres
of classical Roman civilisation, with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen
Nelson. The excavated remains of
Travelling in the footsteps of
St Francis and the painters of the early
Renaissance, explore and study the
glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and
15th-century painters with experts
Uncover the artistic riches of Florence
with experts Siân Walters or Gayna
Pelham. In the 15th century, Florence
was an immensely wealthy and powerful
city state, where the principal...
Explore Rome's artistic past with experts
Dr Nigel Spivey or Olivia Dobell. When
the papacy returned to Rome in 1420,
after more than a century in exile,
Pope Martin V found the city in...
Explore Puglia and Basilicata, situated
upon the heel of Italy, with experts Dr
Colin Bailey or Stephen Nelson. These
provinces encompass a wide stretch
of the beautiful Adriatic coastline...
Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.