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.
Monday 2 - Monday 9 May 2022 (8 Days)
Undiscovered for decades, Albania is perfectly located between Greece and Italy. At the edge of the Balkan Peninsula, its complex history is furrowed into its landscape and weighs heavily on its shoulders. Given the resilience of its people and its engaging cultural heritage there is much to discover – evocative Greek and Roman sites, fine Byzantine churches and handsome Ottoman period houses, all set within dramatic scenery.
Georgian Dublin & its Hinterland
the harp & the crown
Sunday 8 - Friday 13 May 2022 (6 Days)
Dublin was the second city of the emerging British Empire for much of the Georgian period, its handsome architecture a testament to its prosperity. The surrounding counties hosted a series of extravagant country houses such as Castletown and Russborough. We shall also visit the medieval vity of Kilkenny and include some stunning private gardens.
Houses & Gardens of Cork
Sunday 22 - Friday 27 May 2022 (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.
Genoa & the Italian Riviera
Princes, Painters & Sea Merchants
Monday 23 - Saturday 28 May 2022 (6 Days)
Genoa, its wealth built on sea-trade, has a remarkable selection of magnificent private palaces, richly decorated churches, all sited in public spaces of elegant dignity. Rubens and Van Dyck both lived here, hinting at the trading links between Genoa and Antwerp. There are also a surprising number of stunning gardens, such as the Abbazia La Cervara near Portofino and the wonderful Hanbury Garden at La Mortola
a medieval world
Sunday 5 - Wednesday 15 June 2022 (11 Days)
There is much more to Romania than the dreaded Count Dracula. Our visit will introduce you to an amazing heritage of medieval and later buildings and works of art. Wooden churches, painted monasteries and fortified 'Saxon' settlements are all of outstanding quality, Seize the opportunity to see this untouched world as it adapts to modernity.
a hidden europe
Sunday 5 - Saturday 11 June 2022 (7 Days)
Slovenia has truly come of age! It is a small nation of unspoilt beauty, superb food and wine with one of the most handsome capitals in central Europe - Ljubljana. Over the course of a week we shall explore many of the country’s most atmospheric places from the ‘mini-Venice’ at coastal Piran to handsome Lake Bled, and from medieval Ptuj to the elegant buildings of Ljubljana.