“It’s our mission to offer you the perfect balance of history, a passion for cooking, 

the pleasure of eating, and traveling the world.”

About Us


Meet your Guide

Travel with Francesca DeFranchis, a native Italian who’ll guide you to exciting destinations and hidden treasures overlooked by tourists. She’ll teach you about each city's history, traditional cuisine, and the role food has played in shaping Italian culture..


Food for your Soul

Embark on a culinary and cultural adventure.

 Our tours are incredibly Authentic Experiences powered by the passion for fresh, timeless ingredients with a rich exploration of history and place. 

Stop cooking and start eating! 

Learn about Italy and beyond in an entirely new concept that combines visual experiences, touch, and taste with the natural and organic ingredients of world cooking, all while traveling to exclusive Italian destinations.


One -of-a-Kind-Experience

Back to Basics retreats offer the quintessential Italian vacation through exclusive access to the best experiences. Our personalized tours will enhance Italy`s history, culture, and scenery, delivering the most memorable trip of your lifetime. Unlike other tours, our retreats are privately guided by Francesca, and her custom itineraries are designed to your exact requests and specifications to create your ideal vacation. Learn renowned culinary techniques in genuine Italian kitchens, visit historical wineries on private tours and local producers who have maintained the natural growing and harvesting methods of their ancestors. Discover hidden traditions that persist throughout the country, from the eternal city of Rome to the quaint country villages of Tuscany, or the crystal waters of Sicily.

Bike to the Basics


Dominican Republic with an Italian Twist

Upcoming Retreats

Rome Italy


Roman Empire

September 2021

Piemonte Italy


Barolo and Truffles

October 2021

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Past Retreats

Key West, Florida


 January 24 to 26, 2018

Join us at the Key West Food & Wine Festival

Italian cooking series!

3 day Italian retreat & workshop.

An intensive course of Italian 

cooking, tasting, eating & sipping 

while in Paradise!

Dominican Republic


October 12 to 16, 2018

Visiting Luperón, located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, instantly reminded me of my parents’ life and childhood home back in Italy. Surrounded by nature, where everything is so fresh and electricity isn’t always a guarantee, this retreat will give you the chance to slow down, recharge, and go back to a simple, less hectic way of living.

Key West, Florida


January 27, 2019

Historical Journey of the Culinary Culture of Key West:

Sharpen your palate with this blind tasting event focused on Key West's Culinary Culture & History. No need to be intimidated—we’ll give you all the tools you need to taste your way through this One of a kind sensory experience. 

Turn up your personal food & wine  knowledge.