Francesca Montillo

Episode 39: Francesca Montillo

EP 39 with Francesca Montillo from July 27, 2023

Francesca Montillo is the owner and founder of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. She’s a native Italian cookbook author, culinary instructor and chief travel planner for her business.

The mission of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures is to provide one-of-a-kind, fully guided and escorted culinary adventures to Italy. Our adventures are fully immersive into local culture, cuisine and way of life. We believe in hands-on experiences, meeting the men and women behind artisanal products, and supporting the locals as much as possible. We believe in creating evocative travel experiences aimed at showcasing our heritage. We are a small business and every aspect is carefully planned by us. We only offer a handful of trips annually, we can’t and don’t want to compete with huge companies that offer trips to every corner of Italy.

When not escorting groups to Italy, Francesca resides in Medford, MA, and she can most likely be found researching recipes, writing on her blog, or spending time with her beloved Shih Tzu, Trixie.

During this episode, we chat about:

  • What Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures is
  • The types of tours that Francesca plans
  • How she got started with offering tours
  • Her process for planning tours
  • How she manages her time and business responsibilities when she’s not on tour
  • Her marketing techniques
  • Why it’s beneficial to travel to Italy in a group
  • Her three cookbooks and what inspired her to write them
  • What it was like to balance a full-time job and her business
  • Her advice for anyone looking to break into the travel industry

And more. Tune into this episode as we talk about all things Italy and travel!

Access the full transcript here.

Watch the episode on YouTube here.

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