I’m Luca, an Italian tour guide, born and raised in Tuscany.

And I’m Lauren, a native Californian who’d always dreamed of living in Italy. When I moved here about ten years ago, I could never have imagined how my life would change forever.

We’re both official, licensed guides of Italy providing tours in Florence & Tuscany and Rome and we work with guides across the country. With over fifteen years in the tourism industry between us, we hope to offer our guests a personalized experience that starts with the planning process and extends to unique tours that draw on Luca’s “insider” Italian perspective and Lauren’s background as an American living in Italy.

If we personally cannot give the tour, we will arrange it with one of the members of our small team of hand chosen guides who have a similar tour style to ours. The tour philosophy of anyone we work with matches our own: that is to create customised experiences for our guests both beforehand in the planning process with Lauren and on the ground with your guide.

At Unlock Italy, we want to help make your trip to Italy a special experience with easy communication by email prior to your trip and personal, customised tours designed exclusively for you.

Here are some of the types of tour experiences we provide:

  • Skip the lines and go in depth at the main sights on your wishlist
  • Mix and match food, wine, artistic masterpieces and hidden corners on a customized tour designed exclusively for you
  • Along with tours we offer advice on the best neighborhoods to stay in, where the locals eat, the most satisfying day trips and hidden gems to visit on your own.

Contact us at to get started or check out our best sellers here for inspiration and we will customize each tour from there. To hear more about Lauren’s big move to Italy, check out the Laurenissima blog series, illustrated by Luca. If you want to hear what others thought of our tours, read on below for what they’re saying about us and Unlock Italy on Trip Advisor and our Facebook Page.

We hope to meet you soon in Italy!

Some of our Reviews

The Best Tour I’ve ever been on

“I can’t imagine a better way to experience and appreciate the story of Rome than on one of Lauren’s tours. My family and I were on our first trip to Rome and needed some help navigating all the amazing sites and its remarkable history. Lauren was the perfect choice.” -Jon W

Amazing and Always a Pleasure 

“Luca is upbeat and will wake you up and keep you engaged during the entire tour. From Italian intricacies and nuances about driving in Italy, to the daily life of Italians, to how to negotiate purchases and where and how to do lunch, Luca is simply amazing. There is no other tour guide who comes close.” – mirassou


“My wife and I went on a tour of Florence with Luca. He was the most incredible tour guide ever. He made our best vacation ever even more unforgettable. We still talk about his stories and anecdotes over dinner and to other guests even though it was in 2013 when we went.” – Robert C

Amazing Tour

“I had an incredible time touring Rome with Lauren. She was knowledgeable about the ancient city, helped me take some amazing photos, and was a wonderful conversationist. I enjoyed my tour and deeply appreciate the memories!” – Denise R

Read more reviews on our Trip Advisor Page!