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.
THE TRIUMPH OF FLEMISH ART
Monday 4 February 2019
We start our year with a wonderful day devoted to one of the greatest draughtsmen and colourists of western art – Rubens. A master of the international Baroque style, his best-known works conveyed complex religious and political narratives, as well as intimate and insightful portraits and ravishing landscapes. This Study Day will be led by the well-known Irish art historian, Dr Hugh Maguire.
Horace walpole’s collection
Lost treasures of strawberry hill
Tuesday 5 February 2019
Strawberry Hill is one of the most well-known houses of the eighteenth century, an icon of Georgian taste. Its creator, Horace Walpole, was one of the most assiduous collectors of his time and a Study Day based around the truly ‘one-off’ exhibition will be an amazing opportunity to glimpse this privileged world.
Rome & the Grand Tour
Et in Arcadia Ego
Saturday 23 February - Friday 1 March 2019 (7 Days)
For two millennia Rome has dominated the culture of Europe and has fascinated generations of intelligent travellers from the British Isles, Europe and beyond. Arriving in Italy on ‘The Grand Tour’, the climax of this great adventure was a period spent in Rome; a journey of discovery we shall recreate in miniature, giving participants the perspective of a ‘Grand Tourist’ of the eighteenth century.
Royalty & the Romanovs
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Since Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698, the relationship between Britain and Russia and their royal families has been long and enduring. The Royal Collection’s new exhibition features portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé, illustrating historic events and family meetings between the rulers of Britain and Russia. Tom Duncan will give two lectures followed by an afternoon visit to the Queen's Gallery.
Florence & the Early Medici
Patricians & Patronage
Thursday 7 - Monday 11 March 2019 (5 Days)
The Medici family are synonymous with Florence and with the birth of renaissance art - the list of the architects, sculptors and painters employed by the family is astounding. Focusing on the era of the early Medici, we shall explore the monuments, churches and museums of Florence, looking at some of the masterpieces created for successive generations of the family. This visit is specifically designed to bring some of the best-loved works of the Renaissance into sharp relief.
art & music in Munich
Wednesday 20 - Monday 25 March 2019 (6 Days)
Discover the extraordinary story of the Wittelsbach Dukes, Electors and Kings of Bavaria as we explore their varied and remarkable patronage of music, architecture and the visual arts. Three palaces, wonderful museums and a chance to attend up to three operas – Puccini’s La fanciula de West, Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Wagner’s Parsifal.