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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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verona & the valpolicella

operas, villas, gardens & wine

Sunday 8 - Friday 13 July 2018 (6 Days)
A warm July evening in Verona’s Roman great amphitheatre, enveloped by the operas of Verdi or Bizet is always memorable. Equally, our visit will embrace the summer delights of the country villas and gardens of the Valpolicella wine region and nearby Lake Garda, all tantalisingly close to the civic magnificence of one of northern Italy’s most delightful cities, Verona.

houses & gardens of Shropshire

sleeping beauties

Sunday 15 - Saturday 21 July 2018 (7 Days)
Shropshire remains delightfully old-fashioned, rural and mostly untouched by twentieth century modernisation. You will be amazed not only by the wonders we shall see but also by the warmth of the welcome from the owners of the private houses and gardens we shall visit – sleeping beauties of all sorts and kinds.



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.