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Redlands, CA 92373

951-453-0883

Traveling Native is devoted to cultivating travel and food experiences with love. We understand travel as an exchange of human, cultural, and culinary wealth.

On tour with us you will discover the Italian art of enjoyment and become part of Italy’s traditions and artistry through direct experiences with local people, food, and landscape. 

Join us and fall in love with your days in Italy and with the food on your plate!

 

The People

Andee

Founder & Director

Traveling Native is inspired by life in rural Tuscany where Andee lived and worked for many years. Her kinship with the language and the people make Traveling Native experiences transformative. She is devoted to sharing the Italian art of enjoyment with others through travel, teaching, and cooking. Her vision for Traveling Native is a smart way of travel and culinary exploration that deepens understanding and wellbeing across cultures. 

 

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Redlands, CA - Photo by Michelle Smith Photography

Redlands, CA - Photo by Michelle Smith Photography

At the cheese throwing alley, Tiro della Forma, Piano di Coreglia

At the cheese throwing alley, Tiro della Forma, Piano di Coreglia

 

Renato 

Garfagnana Guru & Style Educator

Renato is a legendary part of the scenery "in Garfagnana". He is known throughout the valley for his career as a men's hair stylist, cheese throwing competitor, mushroom forager, and longstanding member of Judo Club Fornaci di Barga. His knowledge of the landscape comes from decades of trekking through the woods looking for Funghi Porcini.  The deep connection Renato has to his native Garfagnana, was Andee's invitation to finding herself at home there. This is the heart of Traveling Native. Renato is currently leading the development of Style Training Tours in Italy and Style Workshops for Hair Professionals in the U.S.

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Aurelio

Culinary Director & Educator

This Tuscan cook is esteemed by his peers and cherished by his customers and students for balancing tradition and elegance in every aspect of his work. He is chef and owner of one of Italy's most celebrated restaurants and historic places, L'Antica Locanda di Sesto.  Aurelio is making a name for himself as a teacher and a consultant in the U.S. Traveling Native enjoys the fortune of his collaboration and direction on culinary tours in Italy and workshops in the U.S.

 

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At the family farm near Lucca, La Maolina

At the family farm near Lucca, La Maolina

 
Andrea and Marzio, our Tuscan Drivers. Panzano in Chianti. Arcadia University Preview 2014.

Andrea and Marzio, our Tuscan Drivers. Panzano in Chianti. Arcadia University Preview 2014.

Tuscan Drivers

Professional Drivers & Cultural Guides

Tuscan Driver's is a father and son operation. Andrea and Marzio are natives of the Valle del Serchio and Garfagnana. They provide friendly private transport for Traveling Native in Italy. Andrea Paganelli organizes excursions to many destinations in Italy. He is currently earning his title as Sommelier and specializes in wine tasting excursions.

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Emanuele Pacini

Culinary Guide in Chianti Region, Owner of Pretto Prosciutteria

Emanuele 

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