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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.

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Gianluca was wonderful—funny, knowledgeable, patient, attentive. I can't imagine how he could have been better.
— Martha P., Atlanta, GA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Gianluca was just the best in every way. Warmth, humor, intelligence, and organization were all fabulous. I learned a tremendous amount about the history of Italy.
— Marsha S., Scarsdale, NY
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Gianluca truly cared about his guests and it showed. He was thoughtful, kind, funny, and warm. A great leader!
— Sarah I., San Diego, CA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy’s Gourmet Trail
Gianluca is an excellent guide balancing trip design, great hikes, culture, excellent hotels, and outstanding restaurants. He made sure everyone enjoyed the trip and included something for each person’s enjoyment.
— Karen T., Los Angeles, CA
Rome to Ravenna
Gianluca has all of the qualities one could wish for in a guide. He has a genuine interest in making sure his clients have their ‘perfect’ trip. His kindness and sense of humor made each day a pleasure.
— Linda L., Dallas, TX
Great Carpathian Traverse
Gianluca was delightful. As a native Italian, he provided a perspective that really contributed to the experience.
— Susanne R., Brewster, NY
Medieval Hilltowns and the Isle of Elba
Gianluca—a great guy, excellent conversationalist, fantastic singer. He was a real asset to the trip and always made us feel comfortable.
— Bill B., Morris Plains, NJ
Medieval Hilltowns and the Isle of Elba
Our second trip with Gianluca and we love him! He is kind, tactful, helpful, responsive, thinks ahead, always seems to be in control, funny, sincere, and knows this area like the back of his hand.
— Robert M., Great Falls, VA
Italy's Lake District
Gianluca is an outstanding guide who develops wonderful itineraries. It was a joy to travel with him again!
— Sandy C., Seattle, WA
Great Carpathian Traverse
Gianluca is the best trip leader in so any ways. He has a natural instinct with people and travel, loves the adventure, and passes it along to the group.
— Verna K., Naples, FL
Across the Grand St. Bernard Pass
Gianluca is a fabulous trip leader. Enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, and utterly charming! His trips are not to be missed.
— Julie R., Bainbridge Island, WA
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
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 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
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
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
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