If you’ve read the About Me page, you know I found my passion for traveling while living abroad in Italy. It’s been about eight years since that semester abroad, and I am well overdue to go back. My husband’s family is Italian, and it’s been a goal of his to see where they’re from. Naturally I am 110% behind him on this goal, and could not wait to go back to the spark that ignited my love for world travel. There’s only one thing that’s been lingering in the back of my head…how on earth will I get by in the land of gluten?!
Immediately I have visions of gnocchi, pizza margherita, tiramisu, everything I can no longer indulge. Here’s the wonderful thing I found out though as our plans begin to come together, not only do Italians have an understanding of celiac disease, but they’re incredibly sympathetic to our needs. I found dozens of sites and travel reviews referencing the stipend that Italian citizens receive to purchase gluten free foods once they’ve been diagnosed. Upon stating “senza glutine” restaurant owners will quickly work with you to offer gluten free meals, understanding the importance of washing their hands and paying attention to avoid cross-contamination.
I can’t speak from experience on this, but I’m excited to return and see just how accepting they are of my needs! I would love to hear from all of my readers to see what your favorite restaurants, sites, etc. are that you consider a “must do” in Italy. Please share your experiences with me, I love a good recommendation prior to a big trip!!
Want to know what made me fall in love with Italy the first time? Here goes…