I am of Italian-American descent, travel to Italy often and have found Lauren to be a great resource. Her programs offer travelers authentic Italian experiences and individualized customer care which combine to make for a wonderful vacation. Compared to other group tours I’ve taken, which feature restaurants that cater mostly to tourists and rush travelers around from place to place, Cooking-Vacations provides a way for travelers to have a relaxing adventure in Italy that captures the true essence of this exquisite country. Last May, I participated in her Puglia Cooking Vacation. I have a special interest in the area, as my grandmother was born in Bari and wanted to get an insider’s experience of the area. The program’s base, in the town of Conversano, was ideal. It’s a beautifully restored Medieval town with fantastic restaurants, picturesque whitewashed alleys and lovely churches. The accommodations at the Corte Alta Villa were top-notch — large comfortable rooms, great service, and a lavish breakfast buffet.
Susan Van Allen, Journalist “Tastes Of Italia”