Zest of Italy is a food forward travel designer connecting discerning travelers with like-minded artisans, hosts, cooks and growers across Italy.

We provide individuals, professionals and organizations with travel solutions tailored to the most unique and diverse needs. We customize travel design across Italy, lifestyle & private tours, culinary study trips for importers, cooks and sommeliers. All aimed at building ties and experiences to help you gain the best out of your time in Italy.


We have crisscrossed Italy for years unearthing great winecellars, cafes, osterias and ateliers. While tracking down rare and true places, we have fraternized with hosts, toasted with growers and traveled with people from all walks of life. A library of relationships, flavors and memories we draw inspiration from to shape every new itinerary.

"If you ever find yourself in this lush land, seek out Livio and Kathrin as your guide as they are experts on farmers, butchers, fishermen, wine makers and chefs throughout Italy…”

James Beard-award winning Chef Paul Kahan & Restaurateur Donnie Madia


We value travel as a meaningful way to better ourselves and our world, providing travelers with direct access to real artisans, local customs and ancient routes.