Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures started in 2016 from a love and passion for Italian food, wine, travel and all things Italy. We provide our clients multiple travel service options including scheduled group adventures to Italy, customized and bespoke private tours, trip planning services, itinerary building and travel consulting. By returning to our native land frequently, we have built extensive relationships with our suppliers, leaders and on-the ground collaborators.
Our scheduled group tours are ideal for anyone wishing to join a pre-established tour in pre-selected locations. While the activities vary from region to region, the general theme is food and wine, cooking, tasting and meeting local culinary vendors. These trips are ideal for travelers wishing to travel solo but not alone, couples, multi-generational family members or the hesitant travel who has never been to Italy. The weeks are led by a native Italian who speaks the language fluently, so no, you do not need to speak Italian to join! Friends are made, relationships are built and fun is had by all during our scheduled tours.
Perhaps you love group travel but want to form your own private group? Contact us on how to go about forming your own private adventure! This option is ideal for milestone birthday or anniversary celebrations, class reunions, large families, corporate team building, cooking schools or restaurant staff looking to learn some culinary tricks from the Italians. Private groups start at six participants and can go as high as needed. Prices vary by location, time of year and number of participants. Contact us today and ask how to go about planning your own private group experience.
If you are looking for something exclusively prepared for you but you are not interested in forming your own group, than our customized trips are ideal for you. Designed according to your needs, no two itineraries are exactly alike. Your vacation is designed according to your likes and dislikes, after all, it's your trip, not ours! After several conversations to learn all about your preferences, we expertly prepare your own bespoke week in Italy. We do all the planning, reservations, purchase the tickets, organizing and all you have to do is pack a bag! This option is ideal for solo travelers, couples, picky travelers, or even travelers with specific dietary needs. Sold as a full travel package, this option is ideal for the traveler who is not into group travel (that's ok, we understand), and wants to travel completely on their own.
Our travel consulting services offer you the opportunity to allow us to do all the research for you, so you are not spending hours doing all the work yourself! Allow us to refer you to our preferred vendors and friends in Italy, assist in designing your vacation and make recommendations based on our travel experiences. Our consulting services take place over the phone or Skype and we will provide you with all the info you need to make your own final reservations and arrangements.
It is my our responsibility to understand your travel needs and provide you a new, unique and authentic way to understand and get to know my Italy! Contact us today to see which travel option is best for you!
Some benefits of joining our tours:
Company is owned and operated by Francesca, a native Italian who has lived and traveled all over Italy
Fully escorted itineraries are led by Francesca
Four star accommodations or private villa rentals only
Scheduled week-long adventures are conducted in only one region with day trips during the week, which means less travel fatigue and unpacking just once, when you get there!
Relaxed environment with time built in during the week for your own enjoyment and to do as you please
Small groups only with 10 - 12 participants max. Why is that important? Because we can travel like a family, visit small, family-run restaurants, travel via minivan (not a large bus!)
Exclusive experiences: Cooking classes, winery visits, visits to cheese, oil and honey producers all for just our group
Pre-trip assistance: Contact Francesca at any point up to the day of departure!
Some benefits of allowing us to plan your special trip:
Company is owned and operated by Francesca, a native Italian who has lived and traveled all over Italy. Why is this worth repeating? Because many companies now are owned by non-Italians who have little experience with Italy and who don't understand the culture and lifestyle of Italy. To them, it's a business. To us, it's not only our passion but our heritage, history and upbringing!
Exceptional customer service and precision to details. No stone will be left unturned for your trip!
Trip assistance before, during and even after your trip!
No "cut and paste" tours! Our tours are not mass produced! Every itinerary is different and based on your needs!
About Francesca - Founder & Owner
I was born and partly raised in a small town in Southern Italy and lived there for most of my younger years. My parents and our region in Southern Italy really helped me appreciate our food, culture and all its bounty. My dad was a produce merchant so our home was always filled with unsold deliciousness that always found its way to the table. My dad had several specialties that he liked to showcase and my mom always had a delicious meal waiting for my sister and I for when we returned home from school. Food has always been very prominent in my household, just like any other Italian household. We discuss dinner while eating lunch and tomorrow’s lunch while enjoying dinner!! We lived in a small town built on traditions and customs that I still value today. I have fond memories of walking to church on Sunday mornings and smelling the delicious aromas coming from people’s homes. Sauces, meatballs, fried peppers and a fresh pot of brewing espresso always bring me back home. How funny it was to walk to church and be able to tell what everyone would be having for lunch that day!
After our move to the States, we were able to travel back and forth during the summers and this process really allowed us to maintain our Italian way of life. We frequently brought back authentic Italian ingredients, particularly the dried spices such as oregano and rosemary. Things haven't changed all that much now and we still travel back whenever possible. It's such a blessing to still have our home there and be able to go back and forth. And yes, we still bring some spices! Nothing like roasted potatoes with Italian rosemary or a tomato salad with real oregano! Today, I teach cooking at several local Adult Education Centers in the Boston area as well as private classes in clients’ homes or my own. I also lead, plan and organize culinary tours to Italy. I am convinced more people should have experiences like mine. Authentic meals, the best espresso a Euro can buy, and the joy that can only come from traveling to Italy. What a thrill it is for me to bring people back to my native land. On our tours we participate in regional cooking classes, walking culinary tours, wine tastings and cultural excursions. No foodie or food enthusiast should miss the tours as it's the best way to learn about the Italian culture, lifestyle and cuisine.
I am a proud member of the National Italian American Foundation, Italian Sons and Daughters of America and the National Organization of Italian American Women.