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.
villas & gardens of lazio
popes & princes at rest
Wednesday 22 - Monday 27 May 2019 (6 Days)
The villas and gardens of Lazio are without parallel in Italy: from Hadrian’s Imperial retreat near Tivoli to renaissance masterpieces at Villa d’Este, Bomarzo, Villa Lante and Caprarola; to the greatest of modern gardens at Ninfa and Landriana, every style and taste can be found. These oases of beauty, together with several private gardens not open to the public, will both stimulate and enchant.
Art & Architecture in Chicago
Look Up, Look Up!
Tuesday 11 - Monday 17 June 2019 (7 Days)
Chicago stands at the crossroads of America, fusing the energy of big city ambition with the spirit of a midwest town. A sophisticated approach to architectural design created ‘The Chicago School of Architecture’ and Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe and their contemporaries were the men who built Chicago, their vision lives on today, via the city’s striking contemporary architecture.
Houses & Gardens of Cork
Sunday 23 - Friday 28 June 2019 (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.
Sunday 30 June - Friday 5 July 2019 (6 Days)
Northamptonshire contains a series of outstanding country estates, largely still owned by the families who created them. Housing rich art collections and fabulous baroque architecture, this tour will introduce you to intriguing characters and a sequence of masterpieces.
verona & the valpolicella
operas, villas, gardens & wine
Sunday 7 - Friday 12 July 2019 (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.
Edinburgh & its Hinterland
The Scottish Enlightenment
Sunday 14 - Friday 19 July 2019 (6 Days)
Edinburgh’s fame as the 'Athens of the North' rests on strong foundations reflected in works of the many intellectuals, architects and artists who lived and worked in the city. Through visits to the great museums, art galleries, the city’s famed Botanic Gardens and forays into the surrounding countryside when we visit a number of marvellous private houses, this will be an Edinburgh full of endless surprises.