1-800-454-5922 Toll Free
Email Address
Password

Dietary advice in Italy

  • Travelling abroad or even dining out in your home town is never easy if you have food allergies or if you have opted for a vegetarian diet. Here To Tuscany provides some tips that you may find helpful during your holiday in Tuscany and while travelling in Italy.




  • Gluten Free advice in Tuscany

    The good news is that Italy is a fantastic place for a celiac to travel to as the Italians are very aware of the disease and what food can and cannot be eaten.
    The key phrases to know are "io sono celiaco" and "senza glutine", once these are said to a waiter/ress you will have explained to you what is available without gluten and you will be surprised that there is a wide range!
    There is a guide-book that gives you some specific restaurants that are totally gluten-free:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+gluten+free+guide+to+italy
    However you will find plenty of choices in all restaurants.
    There is also an iPhone/iPad app - this is only in Italian though - for checking menu items:
    https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/mangiare-senza-glutine/id391222845?mt=8
    Most restaurants have GF printed on the menus next to items that are gluten-free.
    The main place to buy gluten free goods is in the pharmacies but the supermarkets will also carry a range of items too.
    The Italians are susceptible to celiac disease and around 1% of the population are diagnosed. Children in Italy are routinely tested for Celiac Disease before school as part of their vaccinations and it is compulsory by law that every place offering food is able to offer gluten free dishes.

    One final note: Drink the wine! The Diet Coke manufactured in Italy is not gluten free. The problem is with the caramel colour.

    We recommend you print the card in this link and take with you to restaurants and food shops. http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/italian/




  • Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant guide
    Most of the people that arrive in Tuscany expect to find wild boar stew, T-bone Fiorentina steak and other meat and game dishes. However most of the traditional local recipes are what is considered a 'poor man's cuisine' and therefore meat free but very tasty, with a large amout of beans and vegetables being used. Ribollita, panzanella, pici cacio e pepe and fagioli all’uccelletto are probably the most famous.      
    Here are some websites that can help you in choosing a vegetarian/vegan restaurant if you don’t want to have surprises:
    www.happycow.net/europe/italy
    www.vegdining.com/GetRestList.cfm?rgk=EU-ITA
    www.vegguide.org/region/67

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Florence City Bike Tour and Ice Cream Tasting

Our Guided Bike Tour is the most appropriate to visit the entire historical center of Florence in less time then simply walking.

from 41,41 US Dollar

Lucca Bike and Wine

An easy bike ride to enjoy the sounds, smells and all the little details unusual to people traveling by car to reach one of the best winery of Lucca. After biking along the Serchio river we enter in the typical Tuscan countryside, through narrow roads sorrounded by seasonal flowers and fruits and olive grooves. Once in the winery we will enjoy different kind of red and white wines they produce coupled with cheese,  salami and fresh salad. The winery is not far from Lucca but like in every bike tour it requires a good skill and fitness level and we suggest sports wear.

from 70,99 US Dollar

Florence and Pisa Tour! - Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany region and the province of Florence in Italy. Florence is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The historic centre of this city attracts millions of tourists each year. Pisa is best known over the world for its Leaning Tower and also contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno.

from 141,98 US Dollar

Small Group Cooking Class: Ricotta and Dumplings

Learn how to make your fresh ricotta from scratch, and your gnocchi fresh and unique.
This course hand-on will give you the opportunity to make a double experience: make a ricotta from scratch and your gnocchi and one sauce (the best ever; fluffy like a pillows, light and without potatoes).
You'll have a cheeses tasting with an home made marmalade, honey with truffle and authentic aged balsamic from Modena with a glass of wine.

The class will be held in the old quarter of the artisans, a few steps from Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio. You will enjoy a hands on cooking class, with demonstrations of cheese-making.

from 79,27 US Dollar
Villa finder