Hospes Non Extraneus – 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.
Giotto, Veronese and Palladio
An Invitation to the Veneto
Thursday 25 - Wednesday 31 May 2017 (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.
Bruges & Ghent
Flanders in The Early Renaissance
Thursday 1 - Monday 5 June 2017 (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 in the company of Paula Nuttall, one of the acknowledged experts on Flemish and Florentine painting in the fifteenth century.
Bulgaria & its Treasures
On the Frontier
Tuesday 6 - Tuesday 13 June 2017 (8 Days)
Bulgaria is gifted with spectacular scenery, the setting for over two millennia of history reflected in its remarkable monuments from the ancient, medieval and more recent periods. As yet not much visited, seize the opportunity to discover this hidden part of Europe, untroubled by crowds in the company of an expert, John Osborne.
Houses & Gardens of Cork
Ballymaloe in Springtime
Sunday 11 - Friday 16 June 2017 (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.
Summer in Provence
Tuesday 13 - Monday 19 June 2017 (7 Days)
The River Mar in Nice marks the border between Provence and the former Kingdom of Savoy. Here, the olives, vines and lavender found in both the traditional and modernist gardens of Provence shape the themes of our visit, all magically illuminated by the Mediterranean light which has inspired generations of artists and garden makers.
Canaletto & his Contemporaries
Wednesday 21 June 2017
The Royal Collection contains the world's finest group of works by Canaletto. Bought by George III in 1762 from Canaletto's agent, Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice, they are one of the jewels of the Collection. Our Study Day will trace the formation of this collection, followed by a visit to the Queen's Gallery to see these treasures.