Questions about Cicerone
Can I join a Cicerone club and get a discount?
From time to time we put together special offers for users of the Cicerone website. We also include exclusive offers, competitions and promotions in our enewsletters. If you would like receive our enewsletter (two per month) then drop us an email.
If you are a member of a walking club, or organisation and would like to set up a club discount for your members, then don't hesitate to get in touch.
Do you do all the walks and treks yourselves?
Most of the small team at Cicerone are walkers, trekkers and cyclists at some level. In particular the directors are ‘into it’ and have been involved in updating guides, as well as having written a few themselves 'from scratch'. However, most of our guides are written by a fantastic collection of authors with specialist knowledge of an area, and they Definitely walk every step of their routes (and more).
You can read more about our adventures and those of our authors and enthusiasts in Cicerone Extra.
How do you make a guidebook?
It’s a long and careful process involving the editorial, production and design teams working in close collaboration with the author, and finally the printer, to make the best possible guide.
The editorial team will look through the manuscript and discuss any possible improvements to the guide with the author. At the same time, the production team will begin work on the maps. When the text and maps are ready they will be edited and checked for errors. After the layout and design of the book takes place, when maps, text and pictures are all woven together. The result looks pretty much like a printed book, but it is checked again by the author and in-house team to make sure everything is OK. Once we are happy, we give the go-ahead for the book to be printed. More checking takes place at this stage too, to ensure nothing goes wrong.
The whole process takes about nine months, from delivery of the manuscript to printed book. It’s a long time, but we hope that the care we take shows through in the guides.