“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
Search Italy's world-renowned food culture by experiencing its regions and well-known recipes, while at the same time, learning of the new ways in which its chefs are moving into the future. Experience the delicacies of cured products in Emilia Romagna, the pesto from Liguria, and the mozzarella from Campania. And who can forget the Prosciutto di Parma. These creations, just as well-known as Italy's Renascence masterpieces, will leave you yearning for more. In that case, there is always a pizza margherita around the corner, or a dish of tortellini in brodo to indulge in.
So 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 journey of a lifetime to Italy! Take a journey through a country that is rich in beauty, culture, art and of course, delicious food & wine. Experience the unmatched pleasure of tasting Italian food in its native environment.
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 travel 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.
Every corner in Italy holds wonderful surprises. Encounter the country's rich landscape, historical cities, unique personalities. Fall in love with the soul that is Italy, and we hope that after reviewing our offerings, you will be inspired to take an adventure of a life-time with us!
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Ourweek in the Emilia Romagna region promises to be a food & culture lovers' delight. Bologna is our home base for the week and it's the ideal location for anyone wanting to learn about real, authentic Italian cooking, art and culture. Fondly known as "Bologna La Grassa" or Bologna the Fat, this city is Italy's culinary birthplace. Home to the King of Cheeses - Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, we will tour these factories and see just how these prized products are made.
So you're ready to head to one of Italy's best-kept secret? Than let's go to Calabria, Italy's least explored and most misunderstood region. Let this native of Calabria take you there! The week promises organized activities, cooking classes, delicious food & wine lunches, day trip to a private vineyard, farm visit, a sailing excursion and plenty of afternoon time to hit the beach! You'll wonder why you never thought of visiting Calabria before!
Ready to head to Italy's wine capital? Than join us in Tuscany's Chianti area! 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. Meet the makers, producers, artisans and families that make this particular area one of the country's most beautiful.
The week in Tuscany kicks off with check-in at our four star accommodations. During the week, we will experience the scenic views of Tuscany and sample wines in the wine regions of Chianti with a memorable lunch on the winery. The week will also take us to the world famous cities such as Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and many others for what are sure to be plenty of photo opportunities.
You've been to Tuscany, yes? But have you been to Tuscany at Christmastime? While Tuscany is beautiful year round, the decorations, lights and holiday cheer of December are incomparable.
The focus of this magical week will be immersing ourselves in the holiday spirit in one of the world's most beautiful city. We will spend time visiting various Tuscan markets, shop for artisanal products and purchase unique gifts not found anywhere else in the world. This is Tuscany like you have never seen before.
Ready to head to Italy but mass tourism isn't your idea of fun travel? Than benvenuti to Puglia! Hundreds of miles of golden beaches with azure water, a breathtaking combination of whitewashed hilltop villages and the Baroque beauty of cities such as Lecce are just some of the highlights of Puglia. Join the locals for cooking classes, visit enotecas and olive oil producers, and yes, visit the famous trulli in Alberobello.
Rome Culinary Adventure 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 will enjoy expertly selected and exclusive activities, private cooking classes and once in a lifetime moments. A week not to be missed by any food, wine, art or Italy lover!
If you've been to Italy before but haven't been to Sicily, you are missing out on the real Italy. Unique, mysterious and vastly unlike the "mainland," Sicily captures you with its mysterious characters. Some of our highlights for the week include private coking classes, plenty of day trips to UNESCO World Heritage sights such as Noto, Catania,and Etna for a wine tasting and delicious meal in a local farmhouse. A trip to Sicily would be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful seaside town of Taormina.
Are you a wine and food lover ready to embark on a delicious journey in Northern Italy? Look no further than the magnificent region of Veneto! This week is a food and wine lover's delight as we visit numerous wineries in the Valpolicella and Soave area. Enjoy private cooking classes in villas, an exclusive excursion to Venice, an Italian bar crawl sipping our way through Verona's wine bars and so much more.
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