Gluten Free Shopping Italy: Dedicated Gluten Free Shop

On my gluten free travel journey I have searched for many gluten free holy grails. Some I found (gluten free Cornish pasties), some I suspect will be a lifelong mission (the perfect gluten free bread) and others I’ve found without realising I was looking for it. A shop for Coeliacs sits very firmly in the latter category.

Mr D and I were enjoying a lovely sunny stroll around the sights of Genoa before our flight back home when we came upon this shop:

Genoa gluten free pharmacy

A shop for Coeliacs, how amazing…and surprising! My jaw literally dropped and heart skipped a beat when I clapped eyes upon it.

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, you might find my gluten free guide to Italy very useful. It’s full of tips and tricks to make your gluten free holiday a success!

A whole shop stocked full of gluten free products. I don’t think I can convey just how excited I was by the products on offer. Some photos of their huge selection of gluten free products…

senza glutine genova

The shop had a huge range of different brands including what appeared to have the entire range of Dr Schar…

gluten free pharmacy

I loved the name of this gluten free pasta range – Happy Farm – and was torn on which of their great looking pasta’s to buy. In the end I settled on the giant shells (conchiglioni).

gluten free pasta italy

I really miss eating couscous so was happy to see this:

gluten free cous cous

At the back of the store there were several freezers containing everything you could imagine would be in a gluten free paradise from frozen pizza through pasta and pastry. Eagle eyed readers might be able to spot the gluten free cornettos!:

gluten free cornetto

Many of the brands on offer, such as Agluten below, are not available in the UK so I found it really interesting to check out the different ranges and products.

senza glutine genova

We noticed big bags crammed full of gluten free products (which are just visible on the floor in one of the photos above). As we left the store we noticed a sign in the window advertising an ordering on line service. If you’re in the area, you can access it here. If you don’t speak Italian, you can use Google translate on the site. Even if you’re not travelling to Italy, it’s worth a look just to see what a huge selection of varied products are on offer in this store.

Farmacia Alvigini is located right in the centre of Gonoa. The address is via Patrarca 14r, Genova, Italy.

Planning a gluten free trip to Italy and wondering where coeliacs can eat senza glutine in Italia?:

You might find these gluten free guides to restaurants and regions in Italy useful:


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  1. May 21, 2011 / 5:17 pm

    How amazing! I clicked on the Happy Farm link and they have GF amaretti biscuits. I want to taste them without delay!

    • May 23, 2011 / 9:26 pm

      Yes, GF amaretti biscuits would be great! As would gluten free Cantucci biscuits, with a glass of vin santo!

  2. Gluten Free Traveller
    May 1, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    It really is the best feeling when you find a 100% gluten free store on your travels isn’t it!? This one looks great :))

    • May 7, 2012 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks, it was just such an amazing surprise to stumble across it. Their product range was absolutely huge.

  3. December 20, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    I’m currently in Genoa and this afternoon walked less than 10 minutes to this store..a couple of bags later I’ll be able to eat properly for the next few weeks. Pity I cannot fit a few more bags to take home to Australia!!
    Great blog, much appreciated

  4. December 27, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    Hi Melinda, Thanks for stopping by and Buon Natale!

    SO pleased you were able to stock up, what a fantastic shop that is! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Italy.

  5. Cristina
    February 7, 2014 / 9:00 am

    Hi everybody, I came across your site by chance! Yes you’re right, in Italy we have many specialized shops for coeliacs, I am just wandering if I’ll manage to eat properly in London too, when I’ll take my trip next May..