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

connoisseurs' rome

behind closed doors

Italy
Tuesday 1 - Sunday 6 March 2022 (6 Days)
This is a remarkable opportunity to explore a Rome normally concealed behind closed doors. From our hotel located directly next to the Pantheon. you will be taken to visit the city's most important palaces and art collections. There will be an evening private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and many lesser-known jewels in the city. There is no other visit to Rome of this quality.

Private Gardens of Eastern Sicily

earth, fire, air & water

Italy
Thursday 21 - Monday 25 April 2022 (5 Days)
Fiery Etna has enriched its fertile slopes to create a unique botanical mix of exotic plants, amazing flowers and varied crops along the Ionian Sea-facing coast of Eastern Sicily. Based in lovely Taormina, we shall visit privately the most notable town and country gardens of the region, complemented with many owner-hosted lunches - Sicilian bliss!

Exploring Albania

Contrasting Cultures

Albania
Monday 2 - Monday 9 May 2022 (8 Days)
Undiscovered for decades, Albania is perfectly located between Greece and Italy. At the edge of the Balkan Peninsula, its complex history is furrowed into its landscape and weighs heavily on its shoulders. Given the resilience of its people and its engaging cultural heritage there is much to discover – evocative Greek and Roman sites, fine Byzantine churches and handsome Ottoman period houses, all set within dramatic scenery.

Siena & Tuscan Gardens

Merchants, Popes & English Peers

Italy
Wednesday 11 - Monday 16 May 2022 (6 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.

Genoa & the Italian Riviera

Princes, Painters & Sea Merchants

Italy
Monday 23 - Saturday 28 May 2022 (6 Days)
Genoa, its wealth built on sea-trade, has a remarkable selection of magnificent private palaces, richly decorated churches, all sited in public spaces of elegant dignity. Rubens and Van Dyck both lived here, hinting at the trading links between Genoa and Antwerp. There are also a surprising number of stunning gardens, such as the Abbazia La Cervara near Portofino and the wonderful Hanbury Garden at La Mortola

discovering slovenia

a hidden europe

Slovenia
Monday 6 - Sunday 12 June 2022 (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

OPERAS, villas, gardens & wine

Italy
Monday 4 - Saturday 9 July 2022 (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.

Visiting Normandy

Medieval Might to Monet

France
Thursday 18 - Wednesday 24 August 2022 (7 Days)
The verdant landscapes of Normandy are an oasis of peace and tranquillity, masking a history full of incident. Its rural semi-obscurity attracted some of the finest painters of nineteenth century France, the precursors to and creators of Impressionism, above all Claude Monet.

TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

ALPINE PASTURES

Italy
Thursday 1 - Wednesday 7 September 2022 (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.

Puglia Across the Ages

Norman Might, Baroque Splendour

Italy
Sunday 11 - Sunday 18 September 2022 (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.

Giotto, Veronese & Palladio

An Invitation to the Veneto

Italy
Thursday 13 - Wednesday 19 October 2022 (7 Days)
The Veneto was the rich agricultural hinterland of the newly land-focused Venetian Republic. Ambitious noble families used patronage of the arts to create a glittering patchwork of palaces, villas and collections: Palladio and Veronese were just two of the great names much employed who will be the focus of our visit.

connoisseurs' rome

behind closed doors

Italy
Tuesday 1 - Sunday 6 November 2022 (6 Days)
This is a remarkable opportunity to explore a Rome normally concealed behind closed doors. From our hotel located directly next to the Pantheon. you will be taken to visit the city's most important palaces and art collections. There will be an evening private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and many lesser-known jewels in the city. There is no other visit to Rome of this quality.
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