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.
exploring persia & iran
Thursday 3 - Thursday 17 October 2019 (15 Days)
Many travellers think twice about visiting Iran, mostly because of poor press coverage. Anyone who has been there in the last few years will tell you that it is a fascinating and welcoming place, totally safe. The landscape is varied, the historic sites amazing and the hotels clean and comfortable. From the Achaemenid ruins at Persepolis to the great mosques of Shiraz and Isfahan, no visitor is left unmoved.
Antiquity & the Bay of Naples
Vases & Volcanoes
Tuesday 8 - Monday 14 October 2019 (7 Days)
Naples in the late eighteenth century was a hive of activity as the recently discovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum were excavated. Intelligent, sophisticated and highly acquisitive collectors such as Sir William Hamilton were to the fore and it is his world which we shall discover as we re-trace his steps enjoying, just as he did, privileged access.
the heritage of catalonia
roman, medieval & modernist
Sunday 13 - Saturday 19 October 2019 (7 Days)
Beautiful Mediterranean Catalonia, with its rich language, culture and cuisine (markedly different from the rest of Spain), is explored through the Roman archaeology of Tarragona, the splendour of Girona’s Arab and Jewish heritage and Barcelona’s expression of Catalan nature through the architectural legacy of Modernisme.
music & art in cremona & parma
stradivarius to verdi
Wednesday 16 - Monday 21 October 2019 (6 Days)
As Parma is to Verdi and opera, so is Cremona to Stradivarius and violin making. Here is the ideal opportunity to discover these remarkable figures from musical history as we explore two of the most engaging of small cities in northern Italy. Parma’s history may be dominated by its Farnese Dukes but its annual Verdi Festival is the magnet which is irresistible, while in Cremona its fine heritage of instrument making carries on down to today.
Patricians & Painters
Monday 11 - Saturday 16 November 2019 (6 Days)
Be you a novice or seasoned visit to Venice, we offer a privileged introduction to this magical city: palaces that are not open to the public; St Mark’s and its mosaics, seen privately at night; magical Torcello, “a positive ecstasy of melancholia” as Jan Morris described it; art galleries for the connoisseur – all seen at a time when the city is at its most quiet and serene.
behind the arras
Sunday 17 - Friday 22 November 2019 (6 Days)
Discover Versailles, the most famous palace in the world, as we explore not only its fabulous State Apartments, but also the more intimate and private spaces used by the French royal family which are not open to the public. Led by Rosalind Savill, an expert on French culture and the decorative arts, this will be a memorable ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.