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.
Merchants & Princes
Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018 (5 Days)
The Medici and Corsini were arguably the most prominent families of Florence. Their mercantile and political influence left an extraordinary imprint across the city, stretching beyond Italy. We shall explore their art collections, palaces and villas - some still in private family hands - complimented with visits to lesser known churches and time in idyllic Fiesole.
behind closed doors
Sunday 4 - Friday 9 March 2018 (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.
King & collector
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Following Charles I’s execution, Parliament passed an ‘Act for the Sale of the Late King’s Goods’, which led to the dispersal his magnificent treasures - the highlights went to Spain and France. The Royal Academy’s exhibition, jointly organised with the Royal Collection Trust, will bring together for the first time since that Commonwealth sale some of the finest pieces sold off - their collection and dispersal is the subject of this Study Day and Exhibition visit.
Art & Power
Wednesday 14 March 2018
The restoration of Charles II in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. Most importantly the king recovered as many of his father’s possessions as he could, augmented by new commissions and purchases - old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture. This study day and exhibition visit will give us a never seen before glimpse into the world of the Restoration monarchy.
CAMELLIAS & CAMINOS
SPRING IN GALICIA
Thursday 15 - Wednesday 21 March 2018 (7 Days)
This will be an exciting week spent exploring some of the very best camellia collections in Europe, as well as combining the best of horticultural, artistic and religious traditions as we encounter many sites associated with the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Berlin & Potsdam
Prussia & the Rise of Germany
Sunday 8 - Friday 13 April 2018 (6 Days)
The re-unification of Germany in 1990 restored Berlin to its status as capital city. Previously, a long succession of German kings and emperors created many fine palaces but nowhere else in Europe was so much energy expended on building museums and art galleries for the public. Now almost all are fully restored and redisplayed and it is this cornucopia of the arts which we shall explore in Berlin and nearby Potsdam.