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

TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

ALPINE PASTURES

Italy
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

UK
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

Italy
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

USA
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

Italy
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

Italy
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

Italy
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

Italy
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.

country houses of barbados

an island paradise

Barbados
Wednesday 27 March - Friday 5 April 2019 (10 Days)
Barbados is an island paradise - rolling sugar cane fields and tropical gullies punctuated with plantation estates. Discover rich architectural treasures, from the Dutch-influenced mansions of the seventeenth century to the sophisticated houses of Oliver Messel. Most are set within lush tropical gardens, in several of which we shall be hosted privately as we discover a world hidden from most visitors.

Discovering Sardinia

The 'Other' Emerald Isle

Italy
Wednesday 10 - Wednesday 17 April 2019 (8 Days)
Long coveted for its strategic position in the western Mediterranean, natural resources and stunning beauty, Sardinia is an emerald isle set in a deep blue sea. From ancient Phoenicians to the more recent ‘jet-set’ this remarkable island has given of its riches with unstinting generosity. Join us as we explore this treasure full of ancient ruins, medieval churches and the later imprint of Spanish and Italian involvement.

Siena & the Gardens of Southern Tuscany

Merchants, Popes & English Peers

Italy
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.

Villas & Gardens of Florence

Otium Revived

Italy
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 May 2019 (5 Days)
From our wonderful location at magical Fiesole, directly overlooking Florence, our visit will trace the development of the Florentine villa and garden: Poggio a Caiano, Castello and La Petraia from the Medici era; the modern ‘greats’ such as Le Balze, Fonte Lucente, La Pietra and above all Villa Gamberaia will all be visited and in some of which we shall be entertained to lunch.

villas & gardens of lazio

popes & princes at rest

Italy
Wednesday 22 - Monday 27 May 2019 (6 Days)
The villas and gardens of Lazio are without parallel in Italy: from Hadrian’s Imperial retreat near Tivoli to renaissance masterpieces at Villa d’Este, Bomarzo, Villa Lante and Caprarola; to the greatest of modern gardens at Ninfa and Landriana, every style and taste can be found. These oases of beauty, together with several private gardens not open to the public, will both stimulate and enchant.

Art & Architecture in Chicago

Look Up, Look Up!

USA
Tuesday 11 - Monday 17 June 2019 (7 Days)
Chicago stands at the crossroads of America, fusing the energy of big city ambition with the spirit of a midwest town. A sophisticated approach to architectural design created ‘The Chicago School of Architecture’ and Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe and their contemporaries were the men who built Chicago, their vision lives on today, via the city’s striking contemporary architecture.

verona & the valpolicella

operas, villas, gardens & wine

Italy
Sunday 7 - Friday 12 July 2019 (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.
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