Tours & Study Days With
Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied, successively, Music and then History of Art with Ancient History and Archaeology. He moved to the United States in 1980 to research Late Antiquity and the Early Church. This formative experience brought him to Cambridge, England in 1984 to complete a Ph D on the influence of Early Christian Art on Baroque Painting in Rome. A period as a university lecturer followed, together with many invitations to lecture to organisations such as The Art Fund and The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS). Consequently, he began to lead tours over twenty years ago and in 1999, together with Stephen Brook, founded CICERONI Travel, now one of the UK's most respected independent cultural travel companies. When not lecturing or travelling, he devotes most of his time to gardening, music and opera, the other great interests in his life.

 

 

Image above: Dublin, The Old Library, Trinity College

Giotto, Veronese & Palladio

An Invitation to the Veneto

Italy
Thursday 30 May - Wednesday 5 June 2024 (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.

Turin & the House of Savoy

Elegance Personified

Italy
Tuesday 11 - Sunday 16 June 2024 (6 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. 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 stay.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 23 - Friday 28 June 2024 (6 Days)
Co Cork has some of the most beautiful houses and gardens of south-west Ireland, many not open to the public. However, this visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body as we shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel.

Treasure Houses of the Tweed Valley

A Scottish Surprise

UK
Sunday 14 - Saturday 20 July 2024 (7 Days)
The handsome castles and houses, art collections and wonderful gardens of Scotland's 'Border' country are not widely known. Our visit will be an unrivalled introduction to magnificent treasures, many of which are not often seen by the public and where we shall be entertained privately in some style!

Houses of East & North Yorkshire

Hidden Treasures

UK
Sunday 28 July - Saturday 3 August 2024 (7 Days)
Yorkshire is not only England’s largest county, but it has more remarkable houses than almost any other part of England. We continue our series of visits to Yorkshire, returning to explore the hidden riches of the Northern Dales and the Eastern Wolds.

The Glyndebourne Festival

Opera in the Country

UK
Monday 5 - Friday 9 August 2024 (5 Days)
Glyndebourne is synonymous with all that represents excellence in the musical traditions of Great Britain. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we offer members of our own list the opportunity to enjoy this unique Festival.

Houses & Gardens of Cork

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Sunday 1 - Friday 6 September 2024 (6 Days)
Co Cork has some of the most beautiful houses and gardens of south-west Ireland, many not open to the public. However, this visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body as we shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel.

Exploring ulster

Quis separabit

UK
Sunday 8 - Sunday 15 September 2024 (8 Days)
Quis Separabit - ‘who shall separate’ is a motto much connected with Irish history, drawing attention to the many links between Britain and Ireland over the centuries. Discover how these links have shaped Ulster, ancient and modern, as we explore its remarkable history, its wonderful scenery and above all its private and hidden treasures in city and country.

Exploring Munster

Ballymaloe

Ireland
Saturday 10 - Friday 16 May 2025 (7 Days)
The ancient Irish province of Munster was a thorn in the side of the Normans who invaded Ireland in the 12th century. Their Tudor successors, particularly Elizabeth I, spearheaded a new attempt at conquest which led to the “Plantation” of several new counties, particularly Cork and Waterford, as English norms in religion and land management merged with an already existing and vibrant Gaelic culture. However, this visit will concern itself not just with food for the eye, mind and soul but with food for the body as we shall stay at the renowned Ballymaloe House Hotel.
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