FLORENCE Healthy Eats Travel Guide

Ah, sweet, sweet Firenze. This city is nothing short of magical. The history, the art, the smooth Italian charm. And of course, the food. My goodness, the food. So so good. But we all know most of it is far from the diet I usually consume. I arrived in Florence on day 17 of my trip, so the exhaustion of the travel was really catching up to me. I wanted to soak in all the sweetness of the “dolce vita” that's so rich in Florence, but I also wanted to honor my body and fuel it well. These cute little spots were my saving grace amidst all the indulgence of the city.

(And watch ↓ this vlog ↓ for even more gluten-free spots in Florence!)

Carduccio is tucked down a quiet alleyway just off the main piazza of the Palazzo Pitti. The space is quaint, with a modern artsy feel inside a vintage structure. It's definitely a fun spot for health-seeking locals, not a cafe loaded with tourists.

Entirely organic and farm-to-table, the menu is actually pretty extensive for a small little place: cold pressed juices, coffee, smoothies and smoothie bowls, quiches, a few sandwiches, and a lot of salads. Both times I went was for breakfast so I never got to try any of the salads (the Power Bowl with quinoa, cauliflower, beet, carrots, cashews and ginger sounded amazing) but the smoothie bowls were great. I definitely loved the Protein Bowl with raw cacao, almonds, banana, chia seeds, hemp seeds and rice milk (but I actually subbed coconut milk).

With free wifi, it was the perfect spot to sit and work for a couple hours with a bowl and a coffee.

Location: Sdrucciolo de' Pitti, 10/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Ciro & Sons was on my list long before I left. I had read that they won the “World Championship of Gluten Free Pizza” so I specifically waited to have any pizza until I got my hands on theirs.

The whole first page of their menu is dedicated to the details of their celiac-friendly kitchen, and after 3 weeks of slow accumulation of contamination, I was happy to know I was safe for a meal.

I ordered mozzarella, prosciutto, Parmesan, and arugula. I can't say it was the best I've ever had (I will literally dream of Il Fornillo in Positano until the day I go back to that glorious place). But it was darn good and so nice to know it was truly free of gluten.

Location: Via del Giglio, 28, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Another spot I knew I had to visit, Ristorante Quinoa is a 100% gluten free restaurant. And in the heart of Pastaland, it's an oasis for celiacs. They've got a super cute courtyard inside a cool old building, and it was such an enjoyable experience just so sit in the shade and enjoy a meal. They immediately brought me gluten free bread and a massive menu of “senza glutine” options. I was tempted to try all the fun Thai noodles and pasta dishes, but my body was screaming for some vegetables and healthy fats, so I went with this simple summer salad. And it was perfect.

Location: Vicolo di Santa Maria Maggiore, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Shake Cafe is a sweet little juice bar. They offer lots of vegan and vegetarian friendly options: juices, smoothies, coffees, toasts, sandwiches, salads and a few baked treats.

I actually visited 2 different times. The first was for breakfast, and I ordered an iced almond milk matcha latte with a smoothie bowl. The second was for lunch, so I ordered this quinoa power salad. Both were great. Fresh flavors, clean ingredients, lots of nutrients.

Location: 32, Via del Corso, 26, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Y'all know I don't believe a healthy life is one of perfect clean eating- it's one in which I nourish myself well and indulge without guilt and with joy. And when in Italy, that means never saying no to gelato!

Oh man, Edorado is an absolute must! All of their gelato are free of chemicals, GMOs, or colorings. The milk comes from pastured-raised cows and the eggs come from free-range chickens. I mean, YES! I ordered the vegan Banana and the Fondente Assoluto (dark chocolate). I've had creamier banana flavors, but you can just TASTE how real this one is. And it was such a perfect pair to the rich and decadent chocolate. Two thumbs up for sure.

Location:Piazza del Duomo, 45/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Amorino is a gelato chain that's popped up in big cities across Europe and North America. Typically, that would turn me off. But my gosh it's so darn good. Similar to Edorado, they take great pride in their ingredients. Every flavor also bears the name of where they source the main ingredient from. Ex: the Limone Femminello di Sorrento is made with lemons from the Amalfi coast. The Amarena is to die for. 

Location: Via del Corso, 44/46r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Just a little ways up from the Ponte Vecchio, Starbene is an entirely gluten-free bakery! They have some savory items, a whole shelf full of gluten free products, but mostly a couple cases of baked goods- cookies, cheesecakes, eclaires, and donuts. I tried this cute little cookie. I'd take gelato over this any day, but it was still a fun option. 

Location: Via dei Neri, 13/r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

  • Stay at Hotel Europa – It's an affordable option for a killer location. Mariam and Robert are two of the kindest people you'll find in Florence, and they'll help you in any way they can to enjoy your stay.
  • Soak up all the art – The Accademia, The Uffizi, the Palazzo Pitti, Santa Croce. Just do it all.
  • Enjoy an afternoon in the Boboli Gardens
  • Climb the Duomo – It's worth the wait
  • Grab some gelato after dinner and enjoy it in Piazza della Signoria – If you're lucky, an amazing old guitar player will serenade you and you might cry tears of joy at the beauty of the moment

Firenze really is such a special place and its food never disappoints. I'm usually a “grind hard, walk fast, see it all” kind of traveler, but Florence is a place that always reminds me to enjoy it slowly. If you're heading to the Home of the David, get ready for some magic.

xx, molls

Healthy restaurant travel guide for Florence, Italy | gluten free, paleo, vegan options to stay healthy while traveling!


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  1. Jessica says:

    This list looks awesome! I’ve saved it to pinterest for my next trip to Italy

  2. Monica says:

    Ok this post just reminds me of us dreaming of your gluten free travel blog when we were roommates in college. ITS HAPPENING!!! its so cool watching you chase your dreams Mollie!

  3. I just love Florence! The food, the culture and the shopping oh my. You captured it well

  4. sounds like a wonderful time. i will definitely have to revisit when im planning my trip next year (hopefully).

  5. Abbey Sharp says:

    I’m SO jealous of all of these tasty eats! Looks like it was a lovely time and that you made time for gelato! Priorities 🙂

  6. Mikki says:

    Oh wow! Florence is on my bucket list for sure and these places look amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing. Totally pinning this for when I do get the chance to go over there.

  7. I love that there’s so many more healthy options now when traveling where you can still indulge but stick to your diet!

  8. Rachel says:

    Florence looks like such a beautiful place to visit! And from all your descriptions, a delicious place to eat!

  9. Looks like an amazing trip! This is such a great resource too!

  10. Emily says:

    Wow all this food looks so beautiful and fresh! And the scenery ain’t bad either ;). So jealous of your trip!

  11. Oh my goodness, I went to Florence about 15 years ago and it was just SO amazing. Your photos are giving me travel envy; I totally want to go back soon.

  12. I loved Florence too! Looks like you found some amazing eats while you were there. You can’t be in Italy without having gelato!

  13. GiGi Eats says:

    Now I really want to make a shrimp and avocado salad!!!

  14. Alice says:

    Hi, here I am 100% Florentine:-) your site is wonderful (I found it looking for some good suggestions about candida) I love all the places you mentioned, I did not know some of them at all,will visit shortly!!!Big kisses from Italy

    • Mollie Mason says:

      Oh my goodness I’m so honored for your kind words from a true Florentine- I absolutely love your beautiful city! I hope you enjoy these places as much as I did. Love to Italy!

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    this brilliant blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
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