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Slow Travel with Lisa : Go Local, Know Local


A little about professoressa Lisa

For myself, each arrival on this shore is a rejoicing. 

And I wonder at the stroke of fortune that first
brought me here to live in intimacy with this civilized spirit
and to share its long adventure.”

- Shirley Hazzard

ABOUT LISA: Lisa is an Italian Teacher/Interpreter and award winning jazz artist and actress. True to her passions, she founded Slow Travel with Lisa in 2017, and creates authentic adventures in the spirit of the Slow Food Movement. “Go Local, Know Local “ is her motto and, to that end, her mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the Italian language & culture and local cuisine. She enjoys facilitating authentic connections between her 10 guests and the vibrant cast of Italians her itinerary features.



I traveled to Napoli and the island of Ischia with Slow Travel with Lisa in May 2019.

The food, the accommodations, the local guides, the tours...all were superb!! 

I'm not sure which of the adventures was my favorite. There were so many, but it's a toss-up between exploring the Rione Terra in Napoli, our day at Poseidon Terme [thermal spas] and our dinner in the private vineyard of Terme Gattopardo on Ischia. 

This vacation definitely exceeded my expectations. 

If you're thinking about a relaxing, enriching, slow travel adventure, I encourage you to travel with Lisa!"

-- Kitty C., Bay Area, CA. (May 2019 guest)




"I am a student in one of Lisa’s Italian Classes where I heard about the tour she had planned for Naples and the island of  Ischia in May 2019.

I’ve just returned from that trip and it was great. Even though Lisa provided a very detailed description of what was included in the tour, it exceeded my expectations in every way. 

The hotels she selected were wonderful with ocean views from every room. 

The small group format made the tour very comfortable and accommodating. 

Lisa’s personal attention to every detail of the tour resulted in great food and wine

as well as very enjoyable activities every day. 

Local guides were employed for each day’s outing so you really got the flavor of the area in addition to the sights. 

Daily activities included a visit o a hot springs spa, tour of a prominent artist’s studio,

a hike to the very peak of Ischia, as well as visits to several castles and Roman ruins. 

Lisa’s familiarity with this part of Italy and personal relationships with the locals allows her to include access to places well of the tourist track. Our tour included dinner at a family owned vineyard that is never open to the public. 

I can highly recommend Slow Travel with Lisa for anyone interested in really seeing and experiencing Naples and the Amalfi Coast away from the tourist crowds.

I plan to sign up for another trip with Lisa next year."

- David S., San Francisco, CA (May 2019 guest)



"Lisa's local knowledge, many friendships in Naples, and Italian language expertise are what make Slow Travel with Lisa such a rewarding travel experience. She finds things to see and do that would have taken me years of research, time which I don't have to spare.   

"Her promotional material betrays her immense personal passion for Naples, and it is truly her desire to see others catch a little of that. And you will, because we did.  

"Whether it's high cuisine or a simple pizza, a special local wine or a shot of espresso, a little-known ancient villa or a stroll in the streets, Lisa's appreciation opened our eyes and hearts to a culture often bypassed by travelers relying on a guide book.  

"I've traveled 5 continents and made my home in 3 different countries; I am usually the family planner of trip itineraries, and this gives me a high expectation of timing and high interest in authenticity.

"Lisa gets it right, in her unique itinerary of Naples and the Amalfi Coast."

- Renee T., Bali. (September 2018)



Buongiorno e benvenuti! 

I am Lisa Engelken, Founder of Slow Travel with Lisa. I am an Italian language instructor, translator and interpreter. At the urging of my students these 16 years, I began creating custom travel experiences to my beloved Southern Italian region of Campania. 

I warmly invite you to take advantage of my 30-year relationship with Italy and travel with me in 2019. 



SEPTEMBER 22-30, 2019


Special offer thru July 22nd:  $400 OFF your double booking!

I share what I love, and both adventures will be very special for so many reasons.

I am living proof that speaking Italian can lead you to some the most magical and amazing travel experiences. To this end, I have crafted Italian lessons and activities designed to enhance your experience. Tours will be in English, but you will have plenty of opportunities to practice your italiano (whatever the level) should you wish. And don't forget, I will be there by your side to coach and interpret.

My trips are limited to 10 guests. Your deposit saves your spot. Don't wait to long!

Contact me at info@slowtravelwithlisa.com.

Is this right for you? Yes, if you...

  • like the idea of not having to pack and unpack every other day! (We move lodging only once!) 
  • are someone who loves Italy, who may have already traveled to the Bel Paese, but is looking for an experience that is truly different, truly authentic
  • are curious and would enjoy meeting Italians, my friends and special guests 
  • are in pretty good shape, able to enjoy walking and a medium-level hike of up to 3-4 hours
  • are game to try to use whatever Italian you may know 
  • seek a genuine experience of Italy with an opportunity to slip into the "dolce far niente"  mentality
  • are excited to experience the impromptu magic that occurs while traveling, can improvise and relax ...slow...travel... ahhhhhhhhh.

    If this sounds like you, I warmly invite you to join us! Andiamo!

    Warmest regards,    
    prof.ssa Lisa 

Trips are limited to 10 guests. Don't wait to sign up.


9-day Luxury Adventure

TRIP PRICE: $3795 THRU JULY 22, 2019.

Contact us for updates + discounts!