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.
Painting in Bruges & Ghent
Van Eyck's Optical Revolution
Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April 2020 (5 Days)
Flanders was home to some of the greatest painters of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods including van Eyck, van der Weyden and Memling. We shall explore both Bruges and Ghent to include the major exhibition in Ghent’s Fine Arts Museum in Spring 2020, entitled ‘Jan van Eyck: an Optical Revolution’.
petra, jerash & the treasures of jordan
Tuesday 14 - Thursday 23 April 2020 (10 Days)
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were highly prized in ancient times traded by the Nabateans of Arabia. Their wealth was expended on that most remarkable of cities, Petra, the centrepiece of this visit to Jordan. Equally impressive are the Roman remains at Jerash, the traces of Ummayad Arab rule and the sites associated with the Old and New Testaments, close by and at the River Jordan.
Private Gardens of Eastern Sicily
earth, fire, air & water
Friday 17 - Wednesday 22 April 2020 (6 Days)
Fiery Etna has enriched its fertile slopes to create a unique botanical mix of exotic plants, amazing flowers and varied crops along the Ionian Sea-facing coast of Eastern Sicily. Based in lovely Taormina, we shall visit privately the most notable town and country gardens of the region, complemented with many owner-hosted lunches - Sicilian bliss!
Lucca, Pisa & Their Treasures
Saturday 25 - Thursday 30 April 2020 (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.
In Search of Piero della Francesca
Wednesday 6 - Monday 11 May 2020 (6 Days)
Piero della Francesca is one of the most fascinating, if enigmatic, of renaissance painters. His cool, majestic style is a vital part of the fifteenth century’s quest to find newly expressive approaches to religious narrative and one fully explored during this tour based in lovely Arezzo.
Monday 11 - Monday 18 May 2020 (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.