“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Your host for the week will be Francesca Montillo, Founder of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, Native Italian, Culinary Instructor
If your soul is craving an adventure that will leave you feeling deliciously transformed, than join us and an amazing tribe of magnificent travelers on a seven-day journey of a lifetime to Italy!
Perhaps you've been dreaming of going to Italy for the first time, or perhaps it's your 20th. A milestone birthday is coming up, or anniversary perhaps and you want to do something special, really memorable. That's why we created this company. To give people the opportunity to have a life-changing experience, one that will be remembered for years to come. A transformational trip that will have you talking about it to friends and family. At LICA, you will travel with a native passionate about all things Italy. You will have exclusive opportunities not typically found on the Internet. You will get to know shop keepers and learn from them. Visit off the beaten path locations and perhaps even run into our family members along the way! If you're planning a trip to Italy and are hesitant to do it on your own, traveling with a native will be key. Join one of our already scheduled tours or create your own group for a real personalized, once in a lifetime experience.
At Lazy Italian, we believe in quality over quantity, giving you experiences that will impact you profoundly and will provide you with a lifetime of memories. Activities have been carefully selected and purposeful. These are not just to-dos to cross off a travel list. Our commitment is to deliver to you authentic experiences with the locals! The incomparable value of your trip lies in the personalized care you receive from your host and escort. By eliminating the logistical worries, she will allow you to immerse yourself comfortably in your surroundings. She will make you feel safe and well taken care of by creating a welcoming atmosphere.
Escorted tours always led by Lazy Italian founder and native Italian, Francesca Montillo
Private winery visits with picnics under the sun
Dinners with locals
Private tours to cheese farmers with lunch with the owners
Honey farm visits with endless samples
Visits to world-renowned factories like Parmigiano Regiano cheese or Prosciutto
Hands-On cooking classes with natives
Visits to century-old and family run specialty shops
And so much more!
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
CALABRIA August 31 - September 6, 2018 So you're ready to head to one of Italy's best-kept secret, Calabria? Than let this native of Calabria take you there!
*This tour is also available for private groups.
BOLOGNA October 1 - 8, 2018
Our fall week in Bologna, in the Emilia Romagna region, promises to be a food & culture lovers delight. Bologna is ideal for anyone wanting to learn about real, authentic Bolognese cooking, art and culture.
This is an exclusive and all inclusive week in Chianti. We will be staying in a private villa, located in the stunning and breathtaking scenery of Tuscany's country-side. We will experience out-of-the ordinary day trips and excursions that will give you an insider's perspective not typically found any other way.
We will experience the scenic views of Tuscany and sample wines in the wine regions of Chianti and San Gimignano with a memorable lunch on the winery. The week will also take us to the world famous cities of Pisa, Lucca and Siena for what are sure to be photo opportunities.
Enjoy an exclusive week in Italy's capital and take in all of the sounds, sights and flavors of this majestic, ancient and romantic city filled with art, fountains, architecture and incredible sights at every corner. We've carefully selected our four-star hotel to be in the center of the city and within walking distance to some of the major attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.
If you are looking for an expertly created adventure week to any other region in Italy, be sure to drop us a line and tell us about it! Given some notice, every region and dates are 100% customizable according to your needs. All tours are led by Francesca, a native Italian travel expert.
Contact us here for all info and to start planning your Italian dream vacation!
CULINARY ADVENTURES FAQs: Why are not all meals covered? These are culinary adventures and there will be plenty of eating! Between our cooking classes, winery visits, culinary walking tours, visit to specialty food producers and planned meals, we will not be lacking food! That said, we’ve purposely left out a few meals to give you the option to choose your own restaurant or perhaps opt for a lighter snack or “spuntino” in place of a full meal.
This seems like a lot of walking, should I be worried? All of our tours will involve a certain amount of walking so there will be moderate activity throughout the week, which is good considering all the food we will be eating! Comfortable shoes are strongly advised. For our day trips and excursions, private drivers with mini vans have been secured.
Do I have to participate in every activity? Absolutely not! You will have the option to sit out any of our scheduled activities.
Will we have to change hotels? You will not! Having traveled back to my native Italy on a regular basis, I have found that traveling between regions and changing hotels can be exhausting plus it doesn’t give one enough time to truly appreciate the area, so we have opted for one location with several day trips during the week.
Will I have any free time on my own? Absolutely! We have allotted for some free time throughout the week for you to wonder on your own or relax at the villa or hotel.
Are children allowed? With adult supervision of at least one participating adult, children 10 years or older are allowed and will be able to participate in all activities.
I still have questions, who do I contact? Francesca Montillo, owner & tour leader is availble to answer all of your emails. Contact her at: email@example.com