Tours & Study Days With
James Hill

James Hill is our long-standing Italian, US and Caribbean tours director. British born, he has been resident in Italy for over 25 years where he studied politics. An authority on travel and culture in Italy, he now lives near Lake Como and has a background in travel writing and television production where he worked on around sixty cultural programmes and documentaries on Italy.

Image above: Turin, La Venaria

verona & the valpolicella

operas, villas, gardens & wine

Sunday 8 - Friday 13 July 2018 (6 Days)
A warm July evening in Verona’s Roman great amphitheatre, enveloped by the operas of Verdi or Bizet 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.



Thursday 30 August - Wednesday 5 September 2018 (7 Days)
The cultural and historical journey of Trentino-Alto Adige, also known as Trentino-South Tyrol, is as dramatic as its majestic alpine scenery is stunning. This ‘undiscovered’ valley in Northern Italy is also bejewelled with two very handsome though visually diverse towns - Trento and Bolzano - where we shall enjoy our late summer visit cradled in verdant alpine splendour.
Study Day

Eden to Empire

Thomas Cole

Wednesday 12 September 2018
As Constable and Turner are to English landscape painting, Thomas Cole is to landscape art in America. He was a key figure in the development of ‘The Hudson River School’ merging descriptive realism and idealism, using the threatened, yet still unspoilt American rural expanses of the nineteenth century as his subject.

Puglia Across the Ages

Norman Might, Baroque Splendour

Monday 17 - Monday 24 September 2018 (8 Days)
Puglia juts out into the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy. Fertile, unspoilt and largely undiscovered, this long region's strategic location is reflected in Puglia's wonderful architecture from the imposing churches and castles built by the Normans to the exuberant enthusiasm of the Puglian Baroque. Our early autumn visit celebrates this and more with superb regional food and wine, stays on the coast and in stunning Lecce and a day in unmissable Matera close by in Basilicata.

Boston & the Berkshires

Fall Beauties

Tuesday 2 - Thursday 11 October 2018 (10 Days)
No other US city has America's history so deeply embedded as Boston. Its harmonious public spaces, excellence in learning, fine architecture and prestigious art collections are testament to its cultural sophistication. Our visit to the 'Athens of America' is complimented by a few days in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. The art studios, collections and gardens of America's most renowned cultural elites will be enjoyed in all their Fall splendour.

Sicily Ancient & Modern

Complex Crossroads

Tuesday 23 October - Thursday 1 November 2018 (10 Days)
Sicily has been a strategic prize fought over for millennia by competing cultures, all attracted by its location and natural resources. Their marks have been left via amazing Greek temples, Roman villas, Norman churches and mosaics and baroque palaces - all complemented by the excellent cuisine and wines.

Turin & the House of Savoy

Elegance Personified

Monday 26 - Friday 30 November 2018 (5 Days)
The House of Savoy was one of the most celebrated and well-connected dynasties in Europe. Turin, its capital, was upgraded in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to reflect its new status as a kingdom and power broker in the diplomatic affairs of Europe. Turin just before Christmas is a most handsome city. Masterpieces of fine art and architecture in both the urban palaces and country hunting villas of the Savoy family we will visit will be complemented by superb food and wine during our festive few days.

The life & times of Tintoretto

Turning darkness into light

Monday 3 - Friday 7 December 2018 (5 Days)
One of the greatest of all Venetian sixteenth century painters, Jacopo Robusti, known as ‘Tintoretto’, was born in Venice in 1518. To mark this date, later this year Venice will host three related exhibitions on the artist and his milieu and we have decided to offer our clients the opportunity to join us in Venice this December.

Rome & the Grand Tour

Et in Arcadia Ego

Saturday 23 February - Friday 1 March 2019 (7 Days)
For two millennia Rome has dominated the culture of Europe and has fascinated generations of intelligent travellers from the British Isles, Europe and beyond. Arriving in Italy on ‘The Grand Tour’, the climax of this great adventure was a period spent in Rome; a journey of discovery we shall recreate in miniature, giving participants the perspective of a ‘Grand Tourist’ of the eighteenth century.

Siena & Tuscan Gardens

Merchants, Popes & English Peers

Tuesday 30 April - Saturday 4 May 2019 (5 Days)
Encircled by a magnificent set of medieval walls, Siena contains a remarkable array of buildings and art collections to which you will be introduced. Outside those walls we shall also discover some beautiful gardens scattered throughout southern Tuscany, enjoying remarkable levels of private access and hospitality, guided by some of the owners as our days unfold in this most heavenly of landscapes.
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