Award-winning recipe developer, content creator and blogger Beth Heddle, shares her experience as a coeliac in the pizza-loving capital of the world: Rome.
Rome is a well-known city break destination for budding artists and historians, as well as being one of the places one must visit in their lifetime. Although it’s very well known for its pizza and pasta, you might think that it’s a coeliac’s nightmare.
I’m here to tell you that it’s actually incredibly good for those on a gluten-free diet!
Here are my favourite spots for gluten-free eating in Rome, as well as the best places to move and chill.
Rome is incredibly gluten-free friendly. Coeliac’s will have no trouble finding gluten free pizza, gluten free pasta, gluten free ice cream cones… you name it.
This was my favourite restaurant and was completely gluten free, serving everything from mozzarella balls to scotch eggs; pizza to tiramisu. The location is slightly further south of the city than the canal but it is worth the trek.
Ristorante M. Agrippa
Another of my favourites was right outside the Pantheon. Ristorante M. Agrippa was where I had my first gluten free pizza of the trip. What more could you want than a beautiful evening in the sunset outside the pantheon. The range of gluten free pizzas AND pastas was quite large, and although there was a minor fee to have a gf one, it was worth it!
Ristorante Il Falchetto
If you’re after some more classy food, take an evening to visit Ristorante II Falchetto. With absolutely incredible serve and an array of beautiful dishes, you’re bound to have a lovely evening. They’re able to cater for coeliacs and vegans, and food can be prepared to order so it’s easy to ask for things to be left out if you have special requirements.
Being a city, it speaks for itself that being able to walk is important. Daily you’re likely to rack up over 25,000 steps and cover a huge number of miles getting from one attraction to the next.
St Peter’s Basilica
Aside from walking, climbing the Dome at St Peter’s is an absolute essential. The view of the Vatican from the top is incredible and you’re almost certainly going to be ready for a nice scoop of gelato after this.
Another thing you can do is walk around the Vatican museum. It’s known that if you walk through every room you’ll have racked up over 7km. Not to mention that it’s a bit of a walk from the city centre so you’re again getting those steps in!
Take a stroll down to Giolitti and find yourself a 3-scoop ice cream from the best gelato place around. Walk to the Pantheon and have a seat by the fountains for a relaxing pick-me-up.
Villa Borghese is a lovely set of gardens high above the city, just beyond the Spanish steps. Take a packed lunch and sit up here to have a munch.
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