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"My family and I recently returned from a week trip to Puglia, Italy with Francesca. It was everything that we wanted. 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. Her knowledge of Italy, the long hours of research that she did to put this trip together were evident in the quality of the trip. 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. The food, wine, and sites were great but the best thing was the life-long memories that we have area all thanks to Francesca."

Sal Sgroi & family

Puglia 2019, Calabria 2022

"I recently returned from a wondrous 8 day tour of Bologna and the Emillia Romagna region. Francesca Montillo, who arranged everything, refers to herself as a “host and leader.” While accurate, Francesca is so much more than that. She made sure that needs of EVERYONE in the group were catered to and that the very thoughtful tours and meals went beyond my best expectations. Whether we spent time on architecture, history, cooking, visiting exceptional food producers, restaurants or retailers, each local guide was exceptionally versed in their particular field. They also provided incredible insight into local producers (such as the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) and area history with humor, knowledge, truly giving us an insider’s look at both Bologna and surrounding region. After I returned to Boston, I referred to this trip as a “once in a lifetime” experience. Hopefully, joining another group with Francesca in the future, will be another “Once in a lifetime” experience. I highly recommend Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget."

Bill Machanic

Bologna, 2018, Tuscany, 2022, Amalfi 2022

"We just want you to know that Rob and I so enjoyed our travels in Tuscany with you. You did an outstanding job in planning our week. All the different culinary tastes you provided were fabulous and all so tasty. Every lunch was wonderful, so creative, and the presentations I will never forget. We have been to Italy many times but this by far was the best. You called it culinary and it was that. Our past trips have been drenched in museums and Cathedrals so this was a refreshing way to visit Italy. I couldn't tell you which day was our favorite; they were all a little different and I guess every day was our favorite - is that possible? We enjoyed staying at Villa Miranda and the hospitality. Dinners were nice and very comfortable. Our travel guides and drivers also added so much to the trip. The 4 young people were delightful and added so much laughter to our ventures. I won't attempt their names because you know who I mean. Thank you for a marvelous Italian week and we hope we will be able to travel with you again soon."

Rob and Judie Zamborelli

Tuscany 2022

"I can honestly say this was the best trip in my life! Full of fun, new friendships, great food, great wine and memories to last a lifetime. My many thanks to you for all of your hard work and dedication ensuring everyone was well taken care of and was happy. Yes, we were all happy...all the time! We had such a great group of ladies that blended so well it made the trip even more enjoyable. My very best to you and I do hope to see you again!"

Cindy Goodland

Amalfi 2022

"I just returned from a FABULOUS trip to Bologna with Francesca! The trip was so very well planned from the perfect location of an excellent hotel to each day of activities. The day's activities were perfectly planned with delicious food at each. Our walking tour was really great with history and architecture of Bologna featured. Our food tour of Bologna with a professional chef was wonderful. We enjoyed a great day of touring locations that produced Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto. I learned so much ... ate so much... each more delicious than the next. Our day ended with a wonderful late lunch entertained by local musicians that really got the group up and lively. We learned how to make pasta and to paint!! Francesca chose fabulous restaurants and our group was really great. We started as strangers and ended as friends! If you want a wonderful trip loaded with information, food and fun, join a Lazy Italian Culinary Adventure. It is a gem!!! You won't be disappointed."

Ann Caputo

Bologna, 2018

"Judy and I recently returned from two weeks in Italy. A week in Tuscany and a week in Amalfi. We traveled with Francesca Montillo from Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures and I can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves! The flights, the weather, the scenery, our travel companions the wine and, of course, the food were all fantastic! We’ve traveled with Francesca on two previous trips and I can assure you if you are looking for the best in culinary tours you can’t do better than Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures!"

Walter & Judy Shaughnessy

Bologna 2018, Sicily 2019, Tuscany 2022, Amalfi 2022

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