JoAnn Lantz

JoAnn Lantz was born in New York City, raised in Long Island, and graduated from New York University. She taught at the School for the Deaf in Manhattan before moving to Italy in 1988, after many years of traveling to Italy on vacation. She lives with her daughter in the countryside outside of Lucca on an old farm they are restoring. “I was trained as an Industrial Arts Teacher, hence my love for hands-on activities. I still do woodworking and it all comes in handy on the restoration of the house. Seven years in the making and we still are not done!” They also try as much as possible to grow their own food and recycle all they use. She and her daughter are currently enjoying their new hobby of horseback riding. “I became a Trip Leader to travel and to share the wonders of Italy with others, to keep in contact with fellow English-speaking people, and to try and impart to trip members an appreciation for another, more simple way of life. 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.”

Upcoming Trips:

Amalfi and Capri, April 18-26, 2015
Italy North to South: Along the Apennines (Part One!), June 28-July 10, 2015
Ultimate Dolomites, July 27-August 7, 2015
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, August 9-16, 2015
Ultimate Dolomites, August 17-28, 2015
Amalfi and Capri, October 3-11, 2015

Client Testimonials:


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! Lisa F., Snowmass, CO Joann is an excellent guide and did a dynamite job of interpreting the food and culture of Tuscany! Peter T., Springfield, MA
Tuscany to the Sea
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. Frank H.
Tuscany to the Sea.
JoAnn is remarkable: resourceful, informative, always gracious. Robert S., Brooklyn NY
Amalfi & Capri
JoAnn is a superb leader, flexible and sensitive to the needs of everyone on the trip. Linda C., Chicago IL
Amalfi & Capri
JoAnn is one of WT's extraordinary guides. Sue M., Arden Hills, MN
Amalfi & Capri
Jo Ann is a wonderful attribute for Wilderness Travel. She is considerate, thoughtful, and plans ahead for every contingency. A great trip leader. Susan P., Berkeley, CA
Amalfi and Capri
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. Lisa S., Sacramento, CA
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
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! Janet R., Encinitas, CA
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
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! Lucy H., Sunset Valley, TX
Ultimate Dolomites
Jo Ann is a marvel—unflappable, extraordinarily well organized and well informed, and a joy to be with. Gary B., Hanover, NH
Amalfi and Capri
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. Lucy H., Sunset Valley, TX
Amalfi and Capri
Joann is the reason we did the trip. She is simply the best guide ever and this was my 9th trip with Wilderness. Mary J., Littleton, CO
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
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. Elaine H., Verona, WI
Ultimate Dolomites
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. Karen C., New Syrna Brnch, FL
Ultimate Dolomites
JoAnn was the best guide and the perfect hostess! Intelligent, organized, thoughtful, safety minded, funny, and always gracious. Carole B., Alta Loma, CA
Amalfi and Capri
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. June M., Montclair, CA
Amalfi and Capri
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. Patricia B., Delta, BC
Amalfi and Capri
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. Robin H., Charlotte, NC
Amalfi and Capri