There was a time when finding vegetarian restaurants in Europe was a
challenge. Fast forward a few years, and vegetarian and vegan
restaurants are popping up in cities as diverse as Paris, Berlin and
Less easy to find are gluten-free eateries, and one especially
challenging destination is Italy, the land of pasta. Generally, a
gluten-free diet excludes many grains, including wheat, and is indicated
for people with Celiac disease or related conditions.
Italy specialist Perillo Tours has tackled the problem head-on by
creating its first gluten-free tour of Tuscany in collaboration with
Zenfully Delicious, a company that celebrates the concept of gourmet,
The six-night tour, which kicks off Oct. 11, is hosted by Zenfully
Delicious founder Jennifer Lannolo and includes accommodations in the
Villa Casagrande in the medieval Tuscan village of Figline Valdarno,
between Florence and Siena.
Highlights of the tour include a guided visit to Florence’s Central
Market to sample fresh products, followed by lunch, and gluten-free
cheese and sulfite-free wine tastings in the area. Also included is a
cooking class at the villa, where participants learn to turn Tuscan fare
into gluten-free meals.
The program is priced at $2,150 per person, double, including
accommodations, airport transfers, meals and activities. It includes
sightseeing in Chianti, Siena, and San Gimignano, as well as a spa
treatment at the villa.