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.

My husband and I have been to Italy several times, but going on a culinary tour with Francesca to the Tuscany Christmas Markets was an elevated experience. Every day revealed a new experience from truffle hunting in the dense woods to winery tours and tastings to a cooking class in the chef's home kitchen that looked like something straight out of an Italian rom-com...[Read More]

Nancy Weingartner Monroe and Dennis Monroe

Christmastime in Tuscany, 2023

Francesca's knowledge, language proficiency, and personal connections within the local hospitality scene elevated our Amalfi Coast journey, offering us special experiences not easily discovered independently. For an insider's experience of Italy's beauty, Francesca is the unmatched choice....[Read More]

Amy Trione, Maya Laungani, Jenny Budhrani

Amalfi 2023

This trip all started with a Google search, an email and a very good phone call. After the call, I felt that Francesca was a longtime friend. The small groups enables Francesca to give everyone that personal treatment that the big tours can’t. We weren’t just a number, we are a new family....[Read More]

Sal Sgroi & Family

Puglia 2019, Calabria 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

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful time we had on our trip. Even though I had been to a couple of the cities before it was so much better this time. You did a wonderful job planning all the places we visited....[Read More]

Carol Douglas

Amalfi 2022, Christmastime in Tuscany 2023

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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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