About Us

Life Beyond the Room is a sensorial™ travel concierge. We offer custom trips for individuals, families and groups who wish to have an authentic experience immersed in the lifestyle, the flavors and the culture of Italy.

At LBR, we believe that the best way to experience another country, from its food to its people, is by communicating in the local language. We provide individualized private lessons so that you too can tell the Italian grandmas how great their lasagne are! Buonissime!

Our History

Life Beyond the Room was founded by Italian native Karen Costa Hattaway in 2017 as a way to share her culture in an authentic way with her students. Karen got her start by giving Italian language lessons to a variety of students, many of whom had plans to travel to Italy. Over the course of her lessons she began giving travel recommendations to many of her students and even connecting them with locals at their destinations. This evolved into providing full concierge travel services to her students who were interested in seeing more than the standard travel agency would provide.

Over the next year and half, LBR has grown into a network of language instructors, local coordinators and local vendors, all with a passion for sharing their language and culture with our clients.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our clients with the most immersive and unforgettable travel experience by combining language lessons and itineraries that emphasize local foods, adventure, art and culture.

Our Team

Karen Costa Hattaway
Founder & Travel Designer
Karen Costa Hattaway
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Alessia Arcari
Local Coordinator
Alessia Arcari
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Alessandra Campana
Teacher
Alessandra Campana
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Fabrizia Mancini
Teacher
Fabrizia Mancini
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Francesca Marelli
Marketing Coordinator
Francesca Marelli
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