Hospes Non Hospi – A Guest Not A Stranger

An Introduction To
Ciceroni Travel

 “Old stones, fresh ideas - as ever with CICERONI - a perfect balance.”

Mr GH, Cambridgeshire

The long tradition of cultural travel peaked during the era of ‘The Grand Tour’. Travellers from all over Europe and beyond flocked to Italy to view the monuments of antiquity and to discover with excitement the defining moments in the evolution of architecture, painting and the decorative arts. Many visitors had the advantage of relying on the knowledge of a ‘Cicerone’ who was a cultivated, learned and, if lucky, companionable guide. The role of these ‘Ciceroni’ was to explain not just the general background to the places visited, but to bring to life the rich cultural and artistic heritage of each monument and site. Simply put, it was a graceful and leisured way of acquiring knowledge and visual stimulation without the stress of organising the detail oneself. It is this tradition of cultural travel that CICERONI Travel tours are designed to recreate, albeit adapted for modern times.

 So how did we begin? In 1994 Tom Duncan was asked to take a number of groups to explore Ireland’s artistic heritage. These visits led to invitations to organise similar tours more widely in Europe and CICERONI Travel was formed. We now escort and guide participants to destinations within the British Isles, Ireland and Italy, together with many other countries in Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, the Caribbean and North America.

discovering slovenia

a hidden europe

Slovenia
Tuesday 2 - Monday 8 June 2020 (7 Days)
Slovenia has truly come of age! It is a small nation of unspoilt beauty, superb food and wine with one of the most handsome capitals in central Europe - Ljubljana. Over the course of a week we shall explore many of the country’s most atmospheric places from the ‘mini-Venice’ at coastal Piran to handsome Lake Bled, and from medieval Ptuj to the elegant buildings of Ljubljana.

verona & the valpolicella

villas, gardens, operas & wine

Italy
Monday 6 - Saturday 11 July 2020 (6 Days)
A warm July evening in Verona’s Roman great amphitheatre, enveloped by opera is always memorable. Equally, our visit will embrace the summer delights of the country villas and gardens of the Valpolicella wine region and nearby Lake Garda, all tantalisingly close to the civic magnificence of one of northern Italy’s most delightful cities, Verona.

A Weekend in Renaissance Bologna

Popes & Patricians:

Italy
Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 November 2020 (4 Days)
Bologna is renowned for its fine medieval architecture in warmly welcoming brick and its distinguished role in the history of painting. The city centre is a delight to stroll in, and its churches and picture gallery house many gems, surprisingly little known. Of course, no round of cultural exploration would function properly without adequate sustenance and Bologna is one of the great culinary cities of Italy.
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