Hospes Non Hospi – A Guest Not A Stranger
Tours & Study Days At
Our company name, CICERONI, is the Italian word for a group of eighteenth century ‘Grand Tour’ guides. We create and conduct our tours in the relaxed and informative manner of the Grand Tour with a particular accent on private visits. We use comfortable hotels in enviable country and city locations while good food and wine are an important part of our sense of hospitality. Our study days focus on individual themes, collections and exhibitions, offering an independent overview of each subject, many of which complement our tour programme.
Imperial St Petersburg
A Window on the West
Monday 18 - Sunday 24 September 2017 (7 Days)
The creation of St Petersburg reflects Tsar Peter's rejection of cultural isolation and the search for new ideas. Russia opened itself to the expertise of the western world, not least in the visual arts. Discover the Romanov city and country palaces filled with masterpieces by the greatest names, housed in rooms of amazing opulence.
Tuesday 19 - Monday 25 September 2017 (7 Days)
Cradled between the Julian Alps, Austria and the pastures of Slovenia, this lovely part of Italy is a veritable 'horn of plenty' rich in artistic treasures, complemented by marvellous food and wine. Based in handsome Udine, we shall discover the Roman site of Aquileia, the Lombard settlement of Cividale and the Habsburg port city of Trieste.
Exploring Firle & its Treasures
A Collection of Collections
Monday 25 September 2017
Firle Place has been the seat of the Gages since Tudor times and it houses a collection of collections. Family heirlooms have been, augmented by treasures from the Knighleys of Fawsley Hall, the Earls Cowper from Panshanger and the Melbourne collection from Brocket Hall and Melbourne House.
Art & Music in Vienna
Sunday 1 - Thursday 5 October 2017 (5 Days)
Vienna is one of Europe’s most important cities, for centuries capital of the Habsburg Empire. This will be the ideal introduction to its history and the many great museums it contains, including the famed Kunsthistorisches and Lichtenstein Museums. It will also be the perfect opportunity to attend performances at the Vienna State Opera.
Sicily Ancient & Modern
Tuesday 3 - Thursday 12 October 2017 (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.
The royal collections of madrid
Habsburgs & bourbons
Monday 23 - Sunday 29 October 2017 (7 Days)
Madrid has an amazing number of royal palaces and we shall see not only the most important of these, but a special feature will be the opportunity to see the Habsburg and Bourbon Royal collection of paintings, when we have three private early morning visits to the Prado. The Thyssen and Reina Sofia collections will also be included.