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Tours & Study Days At
Ciceroni Travel

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.

We are in the process of publishing our revised 2021 programme following the impact of Covid-19. You can find the draft programme under the 'News' here

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RAPHAEL

Study Day

UK
Monday 12 October 2020
Raphael has never had a major ‘overview’ exhibition in the UK before. The National Gallery has recently postponed the eponymous exhibition to 2022, but in connection with this 500th anniversary year, Tom Duncan will lead a full Study Day in Aynho.

andalucia & its golden age

Romans, Christians & Moors

Spain
Wednesday 14 - Wednesday 21 October 2020 (8 Days)
Sun-drenched mountain ranges, white-washed towns and villages – the setting through which Carthaginians, Romans, Christian Visigoths, Moors and Christian re-conquerors all paraded, creating one of the great repositories of visual culture, Andalucía. Based successively in Cordoba, Seville and Granada discover this remarkable part of Spain.

Byzantium - Constantinople - istanbul

The scroll of heaven

Turkey
Thursday 22 - Wednesday 28 October 2020 (7 Days)
"I have sailed the seas and come to the holy city of Byzantium." Yeats’s words are a poignant introduction to a remarkable city. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul is a magical place, where ancient cultures overlay each other, reinvented from generation to generation and culture to culture. This will be a fascinating disentangling of its history as we explore the remains of each of the cultures that left its mark on the city.

Berlin & Potsdam

Prussia & the Rise of Germany

Germany
Sunday 25 - Friday 30 October 2020 (6 Days)
The re-unification of Germany in 1990 restored Berlin to its status as capital city. Previously, a long succession of German kings and emperors created many fine palaces but nowhere else in Europe was so much energy expended on building museums and art galleries for the public. Now almost all are fully restored and redisplayed and it is this cornucopia of the arts which we shall explore in Berlin and nearby Potsdam.

Donizetti in Bergamo

A festive weekend

Italy
Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 November 2020 (5 Days)
Bergamo is a most handsome small city. Each November it hosts an annual celebration of Gaetano Donizetti, one of Italy’s most engaging (and prolific) composers, and a Bergamo native. Our new tour will combine a weekend of music with the other delights of this lovely city, full of stunning churches, private palaces and one of Italy’s best smaller picture galleries.

A Weekend in Renaissance Bologna

Popes & Patricians:

Italy
Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 November 2020 (4 Days)
Bologna is renowned for its fine medieval architecture in warmly welcoming brick and its distinguished role in the history of painting. The city centre is a delight to stroll in, and its churches and picture gallery house many gems, surprisingly little known. Of course, no round of cultural exploration would function properly without adequate sustenance and Bologna is one of the great culinary cities of Italy.