From hiking the scenic peak of Monte Solare in Capri and staying at the picturesque Lagazuoi lodge in the beautiful Dolomites to ice-breaking (and often hilarious) karaoke nights in Naples, Trip Leader JoAnn Lantz manages to weave together unforgettable highlights from our group adventures and still have time to bring out the local charm of each place. Originally from Long Island and with a degree in Education from New York University, JoAnn has been living in Italy since 1988, slowly restoring an old farm house outside of Lucca and continually exploring new places around her adopted home country. “I became a Trip Leader to travel and to share the wonders of Italy with others,” she says, “the slowness to change and the depth of history that exists here gives people a chance to reflect on their own lives and see what is truly important.” When not leading trips, JoAnn enjoys gardening and taking care of the farm animals around her home—right now, it’s geese and chickens.
We have been on numerous biking and hiking trips with JoAnn and she has been by far the best guide we have ever had.
JoAnn is a professional yet manages to have a smile on her face all the time. She knew the best paths, was aware of potential weather conditions, and kept us fully informed.
JoAnn was fantastic. She was the perfect blend of professional and responsible, as well as fun and friendly! She was very approachable with any questions or needs and did a great job keeping everyone in the loop on upcoming plans and making sure everyone was having a good time. She has created a great itinerary and is a top notch trip leader.
JoAnn was a pleasure from start to finish—very professional but very friendly, organized, and attentive to every detail.
JoAnn is a gem—totally immersed in a life lived in Italy. She knows the trails, the language, the food and wine, and she quietly sparkles.
JoAnn was awesome, so knowledgable and organized! She was amazing!
JoAnn's unflappable good natured humor and breadth of knowledge about Italian culture was a refreshing, relaxing, and enjoyable fit to this beautiful part of Italy.
JoAnn's infectious enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge of Italy and her calm, warm, and friendly personality made this trip superb. She is a joy to travel with.
JoAnn is the perfect leader, and extremely knowledgeable of all the areas we visited. She was also a very nice person who was genuinely interested in everyone on the trip.
JoAnn was the best guide and the perfect hostess! Intelligent, organized, thoughtful, safety minded, funny, and always gracious.
JoAnn added so much information, history, and stories on the area. You could feel her passion for Italy and she was such a pleasure to be around.
As an Italian resident, JoAnn brought a wonderful perspective to the trip. She has an infectious personality, knowledge of the area, and is fun to be around.
Joann is the reason we did the trip. She is simply the best guide ever and this was my 9th trip with Wilderness.
JoAnn did a great job in managing our group. She is attentive to the needs of each trip member and has endless patience. She succeeds in finding the best local cuisine and tailors the hikes to fit the day. She is a gem.
Jo Ann is a marvel—unflappable, extraordinarily well organized and well informed, and a joy to be with.
JoAnn deals with all questions and challenges in a calm, professional way and makes every guest feel comfortable with their choices. Her knowledge of regional food and wine is remarkable. And, she is loads of fun!
JoAnn was fun, knowledgeable, and a great guide. She walked at a perfect pace and planned a wide variety of interesting hikes for us. She knows her food and wines, as well as the trails and local history. I would definitely do a trip with her again!
JoAnn was an absolute delight! She is a warm and friendly person, and her knowledge of hiking, history, and geography of the Dolomites and the Italian culture added so much to our experience.
Jo Ann is a wonderful attribute for Wilderness Travel. She is considerate, thoughtful, and plans ahead for every contingency. A great trip leader.
JoAnn is fabulous, and having an American guide who lives in Italy and speaks Italian and English fluently is a bonus. I would say JoAnn is a feather in your cap!
Joann is an excellent guide and did a dynamite job of interpreting the food and culture of Tuscany!
Joann did a super job of keeping all the logistics in order and making sure the picnics, hikes, etc., went smoothly. At the same time, she was very friendly and found just the right ways to relate to each participant on an individual basis.
JoAnn is remarkable: resourceful, informative, always gracious.
JoAnn is a superb leader, flexible and sensitive to the needs of everyone on the trip.
JoAnn is one of WT's extraordinary guides.