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Tours & Study Days At
Ciceroni Travel

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.

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Thursday 30 August - Wednesday 5 September 2018 (7 Days)
The cultural and historical journey of Trentino-Alto Adige, also known as Trentino-South Tyrol, is as dramatic as its majestic alpine scenery is stunning. This ‘undiscovered’ valley in Northern Italy is also bejewelled with two very handsome though visually diverse towns - Trento and Bolzano - where we shall enjoy our late summer visit cradled in verdant alpine splendour.
Study Day

Thomas Chippendale's Genius

And None Shall Compare

Friday 7 September 2018
Thomas Chippendale exercised astonishing influence on his contemporaries, partly through
The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, the first text of its kind solely devoted to the furniture and furnishings of eighteenth century interiors in England, resulting in his illustrious international reputation today. Where better to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Chippendale’s birth in 1718 than Firle Place, Sussex, home to the ‘Panshanger Cabinets’ - two of the finest pieces ever produced by his workshop.
Study Day

Eden to Empire

Thomas Cole

Wednesday 12 September 2018
As Constable and Turner are to English landscape painting, Thomas Cole is to landscape art in America. He was a key figure in the development of ‘The Hudson River School’ merging descriptive realism and idealism, using the threatened, yet still unspoilt American rural expanses of the nineteenth century as his subject.

Puglia Across the Ages

Norman Might, Baroque Splendour

Monday 17 - Monday 24 September 2018 (8 Days)
Puglia juts out into the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy. Fertile, unspoilt and largely undiscovered, this long region's strategic location is reflected in Puglia's wonderful architecture from the imposing churches and castles built by the Normans to the exuberant enthusiasm of the Puglian Baroque. Our early autumn visit celebrates this and more with superb regional food and wine, stays on the coast and in stunning Lecce and a day in unmissable Matera close by in Basilicata.

Exploring Northern Portugal

The Douro Valley & the Minho

Thursday 20 - Friday 28 September 2018 (9 Days)
Most Portuguese will tell you that the most scenic and atmospheric regions of Portugal are the adjacent Douro Valley and the Minho, the focus of our gently paced visit. As an old saying puts ‘Coimbra studies, Braga Prays, Porto works and Lisbon plays…’ We shall discover if what they say about Porto and Braga is true, with much else to discover along the way.

Boston & the Berkshires

Fall Beauties

Tuesday 2 - Thursday 11 October 2018 (10 Days)
No other US city has America's history so deeply embedded as Boston. Its harmonious public spaces, excellence in learning, fine architecture and prestigious art collections are testament to its cultural sophistication. Our visit to the 'Athens of America' is complimented by a few days in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. The art studios, collections and gardens of America's most renowned cultural elites will be enjoyed in all their Fall splendour.