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.
behind closed doors
Tuesday 28 February - Sunday 5 March 2023 (6 Days)
This is a remarkable opportunity to explore a Rome normally concealed behind closed doors. From our hotel located directly next to the Pantheon. you will be taken to visit the city's most important palaces and art collections. There will be an evening private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and many lesser-known jewels in the city. There is no other visit to Rome of this quality.
Lucca, Pisa & Their Treasures
Saturday 22 - Thursday 27 April 2023 (6 Days)
The history of medieval Italy is a most colourful patchwork of clashing egos. Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca formed a bewildering series of alliances, engaging in endless betrayals of each other, yet leaving Tuscany the most extraordinary range of architectural and artistic delights including strongly walled cities, magnificent castles and the fortified palaces of each city’s noble families.
villas & gardens of the italian lakes
Saturday 29 April - Friday 5 May 2023 (7 Days)
Garlanded with princely villas, pretty villages and stunning alpine scenery, Lakes Como, Maggiore and Orta have long drawn artists, poets and gardeners to their shores. We too shall bask in the Arcadian dreamscape of these Lakes with visits to many privately-owned gardens and villas throughout our gently-paced spring week, with on occasion, generous hospitality from their owners.
the Hilltowns of Umbria
Wednesday 3 - Monday 8 May 2023 (6 Days)
Mention Umbria, and medieval hill-towns stretching through verdant Italian countryside come to mind; the most famous Perugia, Orvieto and above all, Assisi, forever associated with St Francis. This leisurely visit is designed to introduce you not only to these three famous oases of architecture, art and culture, but to other equally rewarding towns such as Spoleto, Spello, Montefalco and the wonderful landscape itself.
Houses & Gardens of Cork
Sunday 18 - Friday 23 June 2023 (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.