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.
Art & Spectacle
Wednesday 12 February 2020
Uniting the eye of a ‘connoisseur’ with the duties of a monarch has not been much in evidence over the centuries. However, one of the great exceptions was George IV who formed an unrivalled collection of art. We shall explore much of this, which remains in the Royal Collection, to be displayed in a landmark exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery.
Havana & Western Cuba
A Key to the New World
Thursday 5 - Monday 16 March 2020 (12 Days)
Cuba - is there another country in the Caribbean which has proved to be so endlessly fascinating in recent times? Explore the colonial and contemporary history of this remarkable country as it seeks to enter the modern world, albeit to a different rhythm to everyone else, the shadow of revolution still in the background.
Discover raphael's rome
painters & popes
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March 2020 (5 Days)
This tour to Rome is timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death and we shall trace his life and work in the city over the twelve years of his Roman career - to include the exhibition which will take place in Rome early in 2020, when major works from all over the world will return to Rome, many of them for the first time since originally created.
Painting in Bruges & Ghent
Van Eyck's Optical Revolution
Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April 2020 (5 Days)
Flanders was home to some of the greatest painters of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods including van Eyck, van der Weyden and Memling. We shall explore both Bruges and Ghent to include the major exhibition in Ghent’s Fine Arts Museum in Spring 2020, entitled ‘Jan van Eyck: an Optical Revolution’.
petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan
Tuesday 14 - Thursday 23 April 2020 (10 Days)
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were highly prized in ancient times traded by the Nabateans of Arabia. Their wealth was expended on that most remarkable of cities, Petra, the centrepiece of this visit to Jordan. Equally impressive are the Roman remains at Jerash, the traces of Ummayad Arab rule and the sites associated with the Old and New Testaments, close by and at the River Jordan.
Private Gardens of Eastern Sicily
earth, fire, air & water
Friday 17 - Wednesday 22 April 2020 (6 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!