Explore Italy With Food Network Chef Melissa Mayo

Dishing Up Delicious Food and a Once-in-a-lifetime Experience for Your Soul.

That’s soooooo not us.

There are tons of tours where a crowd of 90 board a bus and follow around a guide with a flag and megaphone…

Create new memories and friendships in the heart of Tuscany

You're in good hands...

I’m your host Melissa Mayo, a Food Network chef, eternal optimist and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—I’ve spent more than a decade crisscrossing the country and eating my weight in pasta … a few times over.  

I’ll show you Tuscany the way it’s meant to be seen. My Italy is made up of under-the-radar gems: trattorias with five tables, no name, and a Nonna making the best gnocchi eevveerrrrr. Bet you didn't know there's a 6th hidden town in the Cinque (5) Terre.

See if this is the once-in-a-lifetime trip you’ve been dreaming about. 


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Imagine going on a vacation where you soak up the sun and sip a spritz on a private yacht along the Med. Enjoy the best food and wine of your life on the Ultimate Adult-Only-Adventure!

Cook all the Italian classics, explore the Tuscan hillsides, and take in breathtaking architecture along the cobblestone Renaissance streets.

Learn about wine making from Italy's finest sommeliers, get behind the scenes tours with top local experts, and make lifelong friendships with like-minded humans who’ll become family.

Take time off from your busy life to love yourself like never before. Embrace the magic of La Dolce Vita and take this secret recipe home as a souvenir to raise your vibration for the REST of your LIFE.


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We’ve thought of everything you need and nothing you don’t.

There's a perfect balance between activity and downtime to unwind.

Each experience is custom curated. We carefully screen guests to find you the right adventure.

We have over a decade of experience crisscrossing the region with 100’s of satisfied guests.

We know the in's and out's of Italian life, the best guides, and under the radar spots.

We limit each retreat to 10 chemistry-vetted guests so it’s intimate and cozy like traveling with family and friends—in the best ways (and none of the … other … ways.) 

Because life is meant to be enjoyed.

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Stress-Free  Planning

Put away your phone and to-do list and slow down.

Unplug from the mayhem and come back energized and inspired.

Soak up La Dolce Vita….the oh so sweet life, because YOU DESERVE IT!

Saving You Time. Saving You Hassle. Putting YOU First.

Let’s plan your dream getaway to

You deserve some down time to relax, recharge and reconnect with YOU! 

01. My Italian Masterclass to turn you into a pro in the kitchen.

02. A Hassle-Free Packing guide and my Must-Know-Travel Tips.

03. Professional Photos of you looking glam in places you’ve only seen on postcards and Insta.

04. Five Star Personalized Service, a Private Driver so you can travel in style and Expert Guides.

05. A Luxury SWAG BAG filled with so many surprises.

And you'll also get access to...

our peace-of-mind promise

Italy!

We'll work together to curate your dream trip.



Let's hop on a call and chat about what you’re looking for.


Book with confidence knowing all the details are handled.


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The reviews

AMY VOTED IT A BUCKET-LIST EXPERIENCE

"You turned my Tuscan dream into a reality better than I ever imagined".

I’d been wanting to visit Italy for years, but I always worried about the planning. The whole experience from our first call, was simple + stress-free. Melissa organized outings with top local experts + guides. She was so warm and welcoming, I felt like I was traveling with my food-obsessed bestie. I enjoyed the combo of Michelin dining and off-the-beaten-path trattorias - and the private yacht trip was an Aperol Spritz fairytale... I can’t wait to come back.

jill BELIEVES DREAMS DO COME TRUE

"I can’t stop talking about cooking with you... I’ve been making pasta round the clock".  

I’ve been to Italy many times and this was by far the best trip I’ve taken. I can still taste the juicy tomatoes, to-die-for cheeses, those gorgeous wines, the hazelnut gelato, and your homemade gnocchi. The hands-on classes were incredible. But the best part was your hospitality and attention to detail. Your energy, passion, and enthusiasm are contagious. You’re a dynamo and a very special lady! Grazie millie. 

This could be you!

BRETT CALLED IT A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME VACATION

"If you’re looking to travel with someone who REALLY knows Italy – look no further".

What sets Melissa apart is her vast knowledge of Tuscany. I work full time and could never have researched such a brilliant trip. Everything was thoughtfully curated, so I could relax from day one. While we were busy, I never felt rushed. I enjoyed the 5-star service, intimate private tastings, and learning about the history and culture. I'm amazed at all the delicious Italian dishes I can now make. The trip was worth every cent. Don’t hesitate to book.

Arrive and settle in, Welcome Dinner 

What’ll we do?

Yoga, Cooking Class, Lunch & Walking Tour of Lucca

day 1

day 2 

Our rest-filled retreats are based in the historic city of Lucca, an hour from Florence, 20 minutes from Pisa, and 10 minutes from the ocean. Each trip includes hands-on cooking classes, expert-led tours, Five-Star service, and private transport. You’ll get a more detailed itinerary once you book, but here's an idea of the week:

Trip to Cinque Terre & Private boat to a secret island for dinner

day 3

Foodie adventure to Florence with expert guides & dinner  

day 4

Private Wine Tasting with Master Sommelier & 5 star lunch in Wine Country

day 5

Yoga, Cooking Class, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

day 6

day 7

Yoga, Brunch, Check out 

Your trip of a lifetime includes:

A private driver and boat, and all airport transfers (Value $1960)

All food, alcohol, tours, classes, and tips (Value $2837)

Wine tastings with master sommeliers and culinary adventures with top experts (Value $580)

An epic swag bag filled with amazing surprises (Value $276)

Hands-on cooking classes with a Food Network chef (Value $1182)

Day trip to a private island in the Cinque Terre, Food adventure to Florence and walking tour of Lucca with the best local guides (Value $1348)

6 nights’ luxury accommodation in a Private Boutique Hotel in the walled  city of Lucca (Value $1875)

The most incredible food, wine, and service of your life (Value - PRICELESS)

Hassle-free planning ... Just relax and leave it to us! (Value - PRICELESS)

A professional photographer so you can put away your phone (Value $365)

Optional private morning yoga classes  (Value $160)

THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE TRIP OF A LIFETIME IS VALUED AT MORE THAN $10,583

Just $4,720 per guest


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How do we do it? 

We curate the experience working with people we’ve known and trusted for years—and we don’t mark up the “local” prices. We want you to enjoy your time in Italy, not worry about what you spent. Rest assured you're getting the “family” rate for everything we do. 

A one-of-a-kind cooking school in Lucca, Italy. The 5-star retreats are curated and hosted by Food Network chef Melissa Mayo. The school features a state-of-the-art kitchen and a gorgeous deck for yoga, lunches, and wine tastings.

Host a private celebration or launch. Lounge in the sun, sip on a cocktail, or dive in and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the pool.

I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

Let's celebrate La Dolce Vita. The sweet life is made up of long lazy meals, delicious food and great conversation. Finding joy, slowing down, and savoring every mouthful + moment. 

My love of cooking began as a kid at my mom’s knee. I learned to cook without recipes - TASTE was my only guide. I'm gonna teach you how to cook all the Italian classics.

But the secret ingredient in every recipe is YOU! The love or “amore” you put into it each dish is the best way to show friends and family you care.

Ciao Bella,

You’re family now... So pull up a seat at my table, pour yourself some vino and let’s cook and celebrate this delicious, sweet and beautiful life! 

I limit classes to 10 adults, so it's intimate and hands-on.  

Welcome/Benvenuta

The best part is you don’t need to do the dishes.

Throw me an apron, let's cook →

COOK, EAT, LIVE, LOVE AND LAUGH THE ITALIAN WAY!

How This Trip Is Different

Every detail has been meticulously planned.

It’s all-inclusive with no hidden costs. 

We carefully interview guests to find the perfect experience for you

We have friends in the area, so you’ll be welcomed like a local

The TOP (deathbed) regret is…“I wish I’d worked less and lived more”

This is your exclusive VIP BACKSTAGE PASS to experience the real “Bella Italia”...The one you won’t find in a guide book, app or internet search. 

This      for you if:

Italy is a top destination on your bucket list

You’re a Negative Nelly, Debbie Downer, Constant Complainer, or Drama Queen

You lack the time or insight to plan an epic getaway

You don’t like Italians or their food, culture, and history

You want to avoid tourist traps and secure difficult to get reservations 

It's probably       for you if...

You hate having a good time, trying new things, and meeting new people

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You want to travel with top local experts who know the country and language

You can’t easily walk up stairs or you find walking tough, cause there will be a lot of exlporing

Create summer memories that last a lifetime.

Savor every moment. Make life delicious…

We’ve curated an unforgettable experience for you. Reconnect with yourself and embrace a slower-paced, more intentional way of living, eating, and gathering around the table. 
 

So, are you coming?

Learn more about these life-changing adventures:

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(There are only 10 spots available for each trip.)

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