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.
Church & State in North West Russia
Monasteries & Kremlins
Sunday 31 May - Monday 8 June 2020 (9 Days)
Mention the word ‘Kremlin’ and that great complex looming over Moscow is imprinted on all our memories, visual and literal. At many levels the history of Russian Orthodoxy is also the history of Russia itself. Our new tour will untangle this relationship between church and state as we explore the territory north and east of St Petersburg, ending in Moscow.
a hidden europe
Tuesday 2 - Monday 8 June 2020 (7 Days)
Slovenia has truly come of age! It is a small nation of unspoilt beauty, superb food and wine with one of the most handsome capitals in central Europe - Ljubljana. Over the course of a week we shall explore many of the country’s most atmospheric places from the ‘mini-Venice’ at coastal Piran to handsome Lake Bled, and from medieval Ptuj to the elegant buildings of Ljubljana.
a medieval world
Sunday 7 - Wednesday 17 June 2020 (11 Days)
There is much more to Romania than the dreaded Count Dracula. Our visit will introduce you to an amazing heritage of medieval and later buildings and works of art. Wooden churches, painted monasteries and fortified 'Saxon' settlements are all of outstanding quality, Seize the opportunity to see this untouched world as it adapts to modernity.
In the Footsteps of J.S. Bach
The Voice of God
Monday 15 - Monday 22 June 2020 (8 Days)
Bach’s music combines in the highest degree inventiveness, intellectual mastery and emotional intensity. We shall explore most of the towns where Bach lived, with private recitals on organs in churches where he worked, culminating with time spent in Leipzig for the annual Bach Festival for six performances which will include several Cantatas, The Goldberg Variations performed by Angela Hewitt and the B Minor Mass.
Houses & Gardens of Cork
Sunday 5 - Friday 10 July 2020 (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.
verona & the valpolicella
villas, gardens, operas & wine
Monday 6 - Saturday 11 July 2020 (6 Days)
A warm July evening in Verona’s Roman great amphitheatre, enveloped by opera 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.