Call us on: 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

Private Tour: Highlights of Florence including Michelangelo's David

Discover the artistic and architectural treasures of Florence on a private 3-hour walking tour led by a local art historian guide. Explore highlights such as the Duomo complex, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Academia Gallery to see one of the world's most famous works of art, Michelangelo's ‘David’, up close. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 15 adults.

from 250,54 US Dollar

Full-Day Private Tour to San Galgano and Montalcino from Siena

Spend a full day exploring the Tuscan countryside on a private 9-hour tour from Siena to San Galgano and the medieval village of Montalcino. Visit two beautiful abbeys and the hills of the Brunello vineyards dominated by the village of Montalcino. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch and wine tasting in a Brunello winery.

from 225,48 US Dollar

Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten Free Dinner and Wine in Tuscany

Choose your dinner: Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free. Enjoy this special healty-style experience. A full dinner that is perfect for you with selected wines and many local products.

from 71,58 US Dollar

All The Tuscan Wines in One Day - Vernaccia, Chianti DOCG, Brunello, Supertuscan

All The Tuscan Wines in One Day - Wine & Food Tour in Chianti Wine Region (Tuscany-Italy)

Tour Length:
 8 hours (time flexible).
Departure Time: You can select on of the following start time you like (9:30 am -10:00 am - 10.30 am)
Inclusions: Deluxe Mercedes car (1-3 people) or Deluxe Mercedes Viano/Vito- Opel/Ford (4-8 people) with professional English speaking driver.
Note: Each Van can accomodate up to 8 persons. This tour will be private or always small group guarantee. Up to 8 persons we go to use more that one vehicle (travel together all the time)
Special instructions: Comfortable walking shoes recommended. The vehicle will escort you for the entire tour. Our tours are flexible. Price include English speaking driver-guide for all tour long.

from 572,65 US Dollar
Villa finder