Navigate the world with food allergies

Italy

The sweet life really does exist in this beautiful country. It is hard to go wrong no matter where you visit in Italy. Between the ancient historic ruins, beaches, and picturesque villages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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 Essential Information

Official Language

Italian

Emergency Number

112 and 118

Currency

Euro


LABELLED ALLERGENS

Celery, Cereals containing gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Lupin, Milk, Molluscs, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soya, Sulphur Dioxide (sulphites)


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Traditional Food

Each region in Italy is known for its own unique dishes, however pasta and pizza pretty much prevail in some form throughout the country. Italian food is simple. There is often no more than five or so ingredients in a dish and everything is typically made fresh to order. Gelato, the Italian ice cream, is popular throughout the country along with Italian cookies and pastries found in the many bakeries.

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Cultural Understanding of Food Allergies

Although food allergies are not very common in Italy, in the tourist areas restaurants are generally pretty aware. Menus in these areas will label for the EU top 14 allergens. Food is such an intrinsic piece of their culture and way of life so Italians want you to enjoy and be happy. They will do pretty much anything to make that happen. You may even find them calling bakeries to find out ingredients in bread or creating a dish special and safe just for you. Be careful with gelato and desserts though, which are often not a safe option for those with food allergies.

Firsthand accounts of traveling to Italy with Food Allergies

Allergy Travel In Italy: A Wedding In Montepulciano   From Amanda, Everyday Allergen-Free

Allergy Travel In Italy: A Wedding In Montepulciano

From Amanda, Everyday Allergen-Free

Travelling to Rome with Food Allergies   From Kyle, Food Allergies Rock

Travelling to Rome with Food Allergies

From Kyle, Food Allergies Rock

My First Italian Gelato with Nut Allergies   From Allie, Miss Allergic Reactor

My First Italian Gelato with Nut Allergies

From Allie, Miss Allergic Reactor