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

The Amalfi Coast trip with you as our guide was amazing. From the weather, the Aurora Hotel, the restaurants, the towns visited, the Italian people to our travel mates; everything was perfect. Thank you for the experience....[Read More]

Pamela and John Savioli

Amalfi, 2023

Over the entire week we spent several hours socializing with some GREAT Italian people and tour guides. By end of the tour we gained feelings of true friendship real Italian family Traditions....[Read More]

Al and Nancy Mistretta

Tuscany 2022, Bologna, 2023

My husband and I were nervous about going on a group culinary tour to the Amalfi Coast in May 2022 but by 5 minutes into the first dinner we knew we had made a great decision. Francesca arranged ALL of the details so our minds were free to enjoy the sights and activities. ...[Read More]

Dorne and Dennis Rybicki

Amalfi, 2022

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

We enjoyed the wine, cheese and every lunch and dinner was absolutely delicious. Our favorite part of the trip was strolling through the streets of Puglia, making orecchiette, and visiting all the Gothic churches. We are looking forward to joining Francesca in September 2024 to explore the Italian Rivera. ...[Read More]

Andrea Johnson and Dino Delaportas

Puglia, 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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