A Rather Random (Gluten Free) Tour of Italy

Mr D and I decided to make the most of the bumper 11 day break for 3 days’ annual leave created by the Easter, Royal Wedding and May Bank Holidays falling together.

We hatched a cunning plan: London to Sicily, preferably by train.

It was a trip full of lemons

Gluten free pizzas

And one too many Campari & orange drinks. I pray I don’t see another caper this side of Christmas…

Sadly, we left it a bit too late to book the train tickets from London to Rome. Easter, Rome, imminent beatification of Pope John Paul II….well you can imagine. Busy, busy, busy. So we flew from London to Rome.

We stopped in Rome for the night and then picked up the overnight train from Rome to Sicily. This is the cool bit; the train goes ON the ferry from mainland Italy to Sicily. Mr D was very excited by this. He tells me this is one of the few ferries left in the world which takes train carriages on board.

Once we arrived in Sicily we took a hydrofoil from Milazzo to the stunning Aeolian island of Salina for a few days R&R.

We then returned to Milazzo and took a train from there for a couple of nights in Palermo on Sicily’s north coast.

From Palermo we boarded a car ferry for the 20 hour crossing to Genoa on Italy’s Riviera. After an overnight stop, we flew back to London from Genoa.

Check back in the coming days for blog posts on THREE (!!) very different gluten free pizzas, great Italian gluten free products and an amazing shop for Coeliacs…

Interested in more blog posts on travel to Italy? You can read my gluten free travel tips for Italy with lots of tips and resources for a wonderful trip to Italy. I recently posted my essential gluten free guide to Puglia and you can also find more blog posts on gluten free travel in Italy by clicking on the Gluten Free Italy category in the drop down on the right. Happy gluten free travels!


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  1. May 3, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    I have little constructive to say, but as an Italian who has never been to (or travelled further south than) Rome, I am CONSUMED with jealousy! 🙂 Look forward to reading forthcoming posts…

  2. Charlotte marsh
    May 3, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Oooh you tease! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to reading the next installment :o)

  3. May 5, 2011 / 8:11 am

    Oh wow. That is one drawback from living at the bottom of the world. It takes is 24 hours just to fly to London! What fun.

  4. July 3, 2011 / 12:30 am

    Oh WOW! A train in a ferry? Never heard something like this before. Would you care to post a pic of the ferry? But only when you have it. That is really cool!