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.
milan & cremona
Art & Music in Lombardy
Saturday 18 - Friday 24 November 2017 (7 Days)
Lombardy, once known as the Duchy of Milan, has always been a centre of fine craftsmanship and artistic patronage - the joint focus of our visit. Be it the masterpieces made by Leonardo for the Sforza Dukes or the outstanding instruments made by Stradivarius, excellence has always been appreciated by the locals. This innate sense of 'style' will inform all we shall see and hear in museum, church and opera house.
The glories of Baroque Rome
Thursday 30 November - Monday 4 December 2017 (5 Days)
Seventeenth century Rome was astonishing: Caravaggio was changing the history of painting; the greatest of all sculptors, Bernini, amazed his contemporaries with works of unprecedented drama. The men who commissioned these masterpieces - Popes, Cardinals and Princes - are no less interesting and it is this world of power, patronage, and intrigue which we shall discover.
dresden at christmas
Saturday 23 - Thursday 28 December 2017 (6 Days)
Were Bellotto (known in Germany as the other 'Canaletto', who was his uncle and teacher) to return to Dresden this Christmas, he would recognise much of what he captured in his remarkable paintings. We too can compare past with present when we spend the 2017 Christmas holiday exploring this delightful city and its amazing artistic and musical heritage via the museums, operas, ballets and concerts on offer.
Havana & Western Cuba
The Key to the New World
Monday 15 - Friday 26 January 2018 (12 Days)
Cuba - is there another country in the Caribbean which has proved to be so endlessly fascinating in recent times? Explore the colonial and contemporary history of this remarkable country as it seeks to enter the modern world, albeit to a different rhythm to everyone else, the shadow of revolution still in the background.
Wagner's Ring Cycle in Dresden
Life & Love Transformed
Sunday 28 January - Monday 5 February 2018 (9 Days)
The Dresden Semperoper will mount their celebrated Willy Decker production of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring de Niebelungen in late January 2018 and we are delighted to offer members of our mailing list the opportunity to experience this unique dramatic and musical event, conducted by the renowned Wagnerian, Christian Thielemann.
Merchants & Princes
Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018 (5 Days)
The Medici and Corsini were arguably the most prominent families of Florence. Their mercantile and political influence left an extraordinary imprint across the city, stretching beyond Italy. We shall explore their art collections, palaces and villas - some still in private family hands - complimented with visits to lesser known churches and time in idyllic Fiesole.