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.
country houses of barbados
an island paradise
Wednesday 27 March - Friday 5 April 2019 (10 Days)
Barbados is an island paradise - rolling sugar cane fields and tropical gullies punctuated with plantation estates. Discover rich architectural treasures, from the Dutch-influenced mansions of the seventeenth century to the sophisticated houses of Oliver Messel. Most are set within lush tropical gardens, in several of which we shall be hosted privately as we discover a world hidden from most visitors.
The 'Other' Emerald Isle
Wednesday 10 - Wednesday 17 April 2019 (8 Days)
Long coveted for its strategic position in the western Mediterranean, natural resources and stunning beauty, Sardinia is an emerald isle set in a deep blue sea. From ancient Phoenicians to the more recent ‘jet-set’ this remarkable island has given of its riches with unstinting generosity. Join us as we explore this treasure full of ancient ruins, medieval churches and the later imprint of Spanish and Italian involvement.
THE RENAISSANCE NUDE
royal academy exhibition
Monday 15 April 2019
To coincide with the Royal Academy’s spectacular Spring exhibition, Paula Nuttall will lead our Study Day on The Renaissance Nude, looking at full-scale paintings to jewel-like miniatures, bronze statuettes to anatomical studies, contrasting idealised beauty with the ageing body, and public images with more intimate, private works.
Spring Gardens of Ireland
Wednesday 24 April - Friday 3 May 2019 (10 Days)
For sheer theatrical impact, the massed ranks of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias found in Ireland’s spring gardens is hard to beat. Iconic gardens such as Mount Congreve, Fota, Birr Castle Demesne, Kilmacurragh, Powercourt and that jewel of jewels, Mount Stewart will all be included. Based at very comfortable hotels including the renowned Ballymaloe House, this may very well be the ultimate post-winter tonic?
Wagner’s RING CYCLE in LEIPZIG
Life & love transformed
Tuesday 30 April - Monday 6 May 2019 (7 Days)
As Vienna is to Austria’s musical history, Leipzig is to Germany’s: the long-term home of Bach; Felix Mendelssohn ands Robert and Clara Schumann all worked there and it is where Richard Wagner was born and received some of his early musical training. So, what better place to experience one of the pinnacles of the western musical tradition, Wagner’s mighty Ring Cycle?
Siena & the Gardens of Southern Tuscany
Merchants, Popes & English Peers
Tuesday 30 April - Saturday 4 May 2019 (5 Days)
Encircled by a magnificent set of medieval walls, Siena contains a remarkable array of buildings and art collections to which you will be introduced. Outside those walls we shall also discover some beautiful gardens scattered throughout southern Tuscany, enjoying remarkable levels of private access and hospitality, guided by some of the owners as our days unfold in this most heavenly of landscapes.