If you want to stand out from the tourist crowd and experience all that Italy has to offer, there is no better way than to eat, live and learn like a local!

Experience the LifeBeyondTheRoom Approach

What Makes Us Different?



Our guides and partners are not just professionals doing their job; they are people with a deep love for their country with a huge passion for preserving its beauty and sharing it with others. You meet as a guest and you leave as a friend.

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What is the one thing all Italians have in common? Passion! When we love or when we hate, when we laugh or when we cry, the fire in us cannot be concealed. At LBR, we use that passion to create custom sensorial experiences that you will never forget!

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We love our travelers and want to stay connected! Just like you know us, we want to know you and your needs to make sure you are taken care of. During our trips, our local coordinators are available 24/7 for anything you need or simply to say “ciao”!


We truly loved it all. Each destination was uniquely beautiful so each of those experiences were pleasantly memorable. We were very grateful, and impressed, at the timely coordination of it all. We never felt "lost" and this was vitally important to us being in a country we weren't familiar with. Chris and I both agree that we may never have such a well run European vacation again!! If we are lucky enough to return to Italy we will definitely look to you!

Chris & Michelle, MI

I loved the 2019 Cooking Retreat in Tuscany so much that I'm telling everyone I know about how fantastic it was! I am often asked if there was a favorite part of my trip, but honestly I can't narrow it down to just one single area. The Villa was wonderful, the food was amazing, the daily activities were really fun and the friends that I made while there will be friends for life... this trip definitely exceeded All of my expectations, and truly was the trip of a Lifetime!
Dennis, NH

We had a chance to meet up with Karen in Italy for 3 weeks over the summer to do our Italian lessons and amazing adventures which she coordinated in Sicily and Puglia for our family through her company Life Beyond the Room. Private boats to dive along the Sicilian coastline, agricultural adventure into the organic mountain farms to make cheese, riding through medieval towns on donkeys to the best gelato shop in Italy & conversing with shopkeepers at the markets to buy the daily produce. Thank you for making learning Italian so fun Karen and for all the unforgettable experiences in Italy!
-the O’Loughlins

...You won’t find this kind of trip anywhere else. With LBR, you won’t just see Italy, you will experience it! Thank you to Karen and the staff at LBR for giving us a fantastic and forever memorable trip - it truly was the trip of a lifetime!

Mike and Marcia Culling, OH

I cannot recommend LBR more highly! Every detail of my trip was organized with careful thought and it was FANTASTIC. Karen arranged for guides with significant experience and expertise so that I could get the most out of my time in Rome at the Vatican and around the whole city...

Laura, NC

I have one word to describe Karen: Fantastic. She helps to establish your objectives and learning style; then she builds a program for you to learn properly. I am very happy with her teaching and my progress. I highly recommend her!!!

Chuck, OH

What We Do

We specialize in creating a holistic travel experience for our clients from learning the language to exploring the unknown hidden gems of Italy.

At LBR, we encourage our clients to step off the beaten path and explore parts of Italy unknown to most tourists. Our emphasis on practical language skills and partnerships with local vendors create a truly authentic Italian experience you will never forget. By combining our language courses with a custom trip, you can experience Italian art, food and culture from a local perspective.

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