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 wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip. The Almalfi Coast is beautiful and a great place for our home base. I loved spending time in the Piazza every night, eating dinner, shopping or having a gelato. I loved cooking at the Lemon Grove and the Winery. The food was delicious. Grazie, Con amore....[Read More]

Sharon Smritc

Amalfi 2022

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

We were so fortunate to find Francesca and the Lazy Italian for a culinary adventure of our lives in and around Bologna. Francesca had every single detail well planned out and even when some inclement weather hit the region washing out some roads, she had secondary plans in motion....[Read More]

Phil and Paula Saifer

Bologna, 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

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

It was also fun and informative to tour the production of Parmesan cheese and to see all the wheels of Parmesan in storage. Our week in Bologna will always be remembered especially when I see proscuitto, ragu or tortellini. We had a great time. ...[Read More]

Judie and Rob Zamborelli

Tuscany 2022, Bologna, 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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