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.

dresden at christmas

Bellotto’s Eye

Germany
Saturday 23 - Thursday 28 December 2017 (6 Days)
Were Bellotto (known in Germany as the other 'Canaletto', who was his uncle and teacher) to return to Dresden this Christmas, he would recognise much of what he captured in his remarkable paintings. We too can compare past with present when we spend the 2017 Christmas holiday exploring this delightful city and its amazing artistic and musical heritage via the museums, operas, ballets and concerts on offer.

Havana & Western Cuba

The Key to the New World

Cuba
Monday 15 - Friday 26 January 2018 (12 Days)
Cuba - is there another country in the Caribbean which has proved to be so endlessly fascinating in recent times? Explore the colonial and contemporary history of this remarkable country as it seeks to enter the modern world, albeit to a different rhythm to everyone else, the shadow of revolution still in the background.

Malta across the Ages

A Mediterranean Pearl

Malta
Tuesday 10 - Monday 16 April 2018 (7 Days)
Discover Malta’s extraordinary history ranging over a remarkable six thousand year period and stay at The Phoenicia Hotel, perfectly placed at the entrance to the walled city of Valetta. Forever linked to the military Knights of Malta, Valetta is a museum city full of the most amazing treasures waiting to be discovered. Visits to Gozo and other important settlements will also be included in the course of a gently paced week.
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