Culinary Adventures to Italy
Led by a Native Italian

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Welcome! Benvenuti!

My name is Francesca Montillo, the founder of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. I'm a native Italian who's made it my career to show you the time of your life in my native land! Join me on my next culinary adventure or book a private, custom trip with me. No matter what, I'm here to be your Chief Travel Planner and Escort. Allow me to ensure your needs are met every step of the way while you see, taste, and experience all the flavors of Italy.


Don't put off having
the time of your life
a day longer.

You deserve this,
I want you to join me here!

How to Know if You'll Love
Traveling with Us

Come Sapere se Ami Viaggiare Con Noi

You Love Food, Fun & Friends

Get ready to share food and break bread with strangers who will become dear friends and future travel buddies. Traveling with me is like traveling with your long-lost cousin who knows the ins and outs of Italy. I’ll tell you where to shop, where to eat, how to haggle for a discount at the market, and may suggest you don’t order that decaf cappuccino after lunch! Fun is always guaranteed!

Same Home Base for The Week

We're not into hotel hopping or cramming a bunch of to-dos every day. This is not a hop on/hop off tour - this is a culinary adventure. This means you only unpack and pack once, and spend the rest of your valuable time immersing yourself in the Italian culinary culture.

You Can Appreciate Our Travel Philosophy

Our aim is to engage you in regional and local Italian cuisine and culture. You’ll sample local products, meet local cooks and producers, and can appreciate family run establishments, local gems, small shops, and authenticity. You’ll savor every moment you’re traveling with us, both literally and figurately.

I have gone on two culinary adventures with Francesca, to Calabria and Sicily. The trips were outstanding! On both tours, we ate so much delicious food and drank great wine. Our restaurant meals that Francesca arranged included generous portions, many courses, and really good quality and variety....[Read More]

Mary Mennella

Calabria 2022, Sicily 2022

Recently returned from a wonderful trip to the Puglia area with Francesca. Great trip, very well planned. It is a great advantage to be with someone who is so knowledgeable about the region....[Read More]

Marilyn Gerson

Puglia 2019, Amalfi 2022

Our first trip to Italy! Florence was wonderful due to the thorough planning Francesca and the Lazy Italian tours provides. The visit flew by due to the days being filled with sightseeing, food tastings, winery visits, shopping and a cooking lesson. ...[Read More]

Robin Tottis, CSW, CSS and Gary Tottis

Christmastime in Tuscany, 2023

Where do I begin? My husband and I recently returned from the Amalfi Coast with Francesca. AMAZING! Francesca planned everything to the T! Great restaurants, fabulous cooking classes, wonderful accommodations....[Read More]

Tiffany and Marc Corroa

Amalfi, 2023

Traveling with Francesca is like traveling with a close friend who knows Italy and the language. The groups are small and the culinary adventures are huge! Since they are small groups, you, get to visit places, like the open air markets and cooking classes, on an intimate basis...[Read More]

Walter and Judy Shaughnessy

Bologna 2018, Sicily 2019, Tuscany 2022, Amalfi 2022

Francesca planned a wonderful week for myself and my husband. No stone was left unturned on our trip from transportation, to beach excursions, to cooking classes and all arrangements were handled perfectly. We will be contacting her again in a few years!...[Read More]

Melinda and John Williams

Custom Travel Planning, Sardinia 2018

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What to Pack for Italy

Cosa Mettere in Valigia per l'Italia

Everyone is always asking me what they should pack for Italy,
so I’ve created a quick reference guide that you can use for your next trip.

Hint: You don’t need nearly as much as you think you do!

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