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.
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.
Villas & Gardens of Florence
Otium et Negotium
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 May 2019 (5 Days)
From our wonderful location at magical Fiesole, directly overlooking Florence, our visit will trace the development of the Florentine villa and garden: Poggio a Caiano, Castello and La Petraia from the Medici era; the modern ‘greats’ such as Le Balze, Fonte Lucente, La Pietra and above all Villa Gamberaia will all be visited and in some of which we shall be entertained to lunch.
National Portrait Gallery
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Late spring will see the National Portrait Gallery host the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures for over thirty-five years. This irresistible opportunity will be the focus of our Study Day Elizabethan Treasures, led by Tom Duncan.