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.
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.
Love, Desire, Death
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Five of Titian’s greatest works, his epic series of large-scale mythological paintings, the ‘poesie’, will be brought together for the first time since 1704 at the National Gallery next March. Join us for a Study Day with Tom Duncan to explore these visual interpretations of Classical myth of the early modern era - touchstone works in the history of European painting for their rich, expressive rendering.
Extremadura's Riches Revealed
Romans & Conquistadors
Saturday 16 - Saturday 23 May 2020 (8 Days)
Extremadura is a long series of endless contrasts and surprises – lush pastures, blossom covered hills, ancient towns built by the Romans, peaceful monasteries in hidden valleys, buildings reflecting connections with the conquistadors of the new world and the most fabulous gastronomy.
Genoa & the Italian Riviera
Princes, Painters & Sea Merchants
Monday 25 - Saturday 30 May 2020 (6 Days)
Genoa, its wealth built on sea-trade, has a remarkable selection of magnificent private palaces, richly decorated churches, all sited in public spaces of elegant dignity. Rubens and Van Dyck both lived here, hinting at the trading links between Genoa and Antwerp. There are also a surprising number of stunning gardens, such as the Abbazia La Cervara near Portofino and the wonderful Hanbury Garden at La Mortola