Gianluca Canalicchio

Gianluca Canalicchio was born and raised in Rome, where his parents moved in 1960 from Umbria, when they left their life of hard work on their farm in search of new opportunities. He has a degree in accounting, speaks four languages (Italian, Spanish, French, and English), and loves dancing, singing opera, and cooking. Gianlucca is a devoted follower of the Italian food channel, Gambero Rosso, and friend to many noted chefs. "My cooking teacher is my mother, whose love for cooking always amazed me. She's from Umbria, the region of truffles, pigs, game, and roasted meat. I opened a pizza restaurant in Rome and a restaurant in San Francisco, but the problem is I prefer to be a client, not a chef!" Besides enjoying trip leading as a profession, he loves taking people to his favorite off-the-beaten-path places and introducing them to the local people.

Upcoming Trips:

Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail, May 17-25, 2014
Great Carpathian Traverse, June 8-22, 2014
Across the Grand St. Bernard Pass, July 5-14, 2014
Across the Grand St. Bernard Pass, August 19-28, 2014
Great Carpathian Traverse, August 31-September 14, 2014
Italy's Lake District, September 24-October 2, 2014
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail, October 11-19, 2014

Recent Photo Blog Posts

The Best Risotto in Northern Italy

Client Testimonials:


So relaxed, genial, sensitive, happy, he immediately and throughout the trip sets a tone for fun! Douglas and Elizabeth M., Providence RI Gianluca is one of the best Trip Leaders I have had the pleasure to know. Natalie S., Howard PA Gianluca is congenial, hard working, funny, light hearted, and loves to have fun. I would like to sign up on his other trips. He kept us in good spirits and made sure we were all happy. Shelly G., New York NY He is fantastic! Positive, upbeat, and fun. The best! Caryn G., Littleton CO Gianlucca was wonderful and entertaining us with opera and dancing. He was also very easy going and pleasant. He was very knowledgeable about the region, food and wine. Dawn F., Ashland, OR
Tuscany to the Sea
Gianluca was charming, very helpful and professional. Elaine M., La Jolla, CA
Hiking in the Dolomites
Gianluca was a great leader with a good sense of humor. I would love to have him lead another trip for me. Gretchen B., Los Gatos, CA
Hiking in the Dolomites
Gianlucca had a passion for all things Tuscan and Italian. Tom F., Sarasota, FL
Tuscany to the Sea
Gianluca Canalicchio is the consummate professional. Meg Walsh, New York, NY Gianluca Canalicchio was superb, knowledgeable, hard working, and caring. Alan Press, Demarest, WI Gianluca Canalicchio is the consummate professional. Meg W., New York NY
Mountains & Legends of Romania
Gianluca was superb, knowledgeable, hard working, and caring. Alan Press, Demarest WI
Mountains & Legends of Romania
Gianluca is a doll! He was great fun and great support and help to all. Sally W., Atlanta GA
Hiking Haute Provence
This was my third trip with Gianluca and I hope to do more with him! Larry W., Edmond OK
Mountains & Legends of Romania
Gianluca was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area, the food, and the wine. He was a joy to be with. Barbara R., San Diego CA
Great Hikes & Chefs of Northern Italy
Great guide, great personality, great sense of humor. It's just plain fun to be around him! Jim P., Franktown, CO
Great Hikes & Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Gianluca is an experienced, capable, engaging guide. He could not have been better. Virginia H., Frisco, TX
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Gianluca is a terrific trip leader. He is very flexible and accommodating, quite personable, and goes the extra mile to make the trip worthwhile. David S., Arlington, VA
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
A true gentleman, Gianluca is knowledgeable, kind, articulate, funny, and always entertaining. Stephanie R., Baltimore, MD
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Gianluca is a gem. Totally delightful, upbeat leader with terrific interpersonal skills. He did an excellent job introducing us to the Lakes region. A++! Bill K., Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Italy's Lake District