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Resorts for Coeliacs
At last an end to the difficulties that you may have had in the past finding suitable accommodation and the chance to book your holiday in hotels where you don't have to worry about explaining your gluten free diet. All the hotels shown in this section are all quite familiar with celiac requirements and have assured us that they will do everything possible to make your holiday an enjoyable one. The resorts listed are a mix of hotels offering bed & breakfast or half board and also some self catering apartments. Wherever possible, with the self catering we will give you names and addresses of shops selling gluten free products. All you need now is the time to take that holiday!

Villa Canneto by La Paul

Lake Garda - Sirmione
Villa Canneto is the latest addition and under the same management as Hotel La Paul and Hotel Smeraldo.  A completely refurbished villa with 9 mini apartments next to Hotel Smeraldo and overlooking the lake on the eastern shore of the Sirmione peninsular.  Directly in front of the building is a private garden with sun loungers and umbrellas facing the lake. The villa and apartments are fully automated with a key code to enter into the private car park and a similar code to enter the apartments allowing for the Villa to remain open all year even when Hotel La Paul and Smeraldo are closed. 
The 9 studio apartments are divided into Panorama for max 3-4 persons - front facing to the lake and on both ground and first floor with full lake view and either balcony or terrace, Classic for 2 persons on first floor and a side view to the lake from the balcony and finally Standard for max 3 persons on the ground floor with a partial lake view from the terrace.  All the apartments have air conditioning / heating, wifi, wall safe, TV with satellite channels and modern furnishings with a double bed (which can also be made up as twin beds), a mini kitchen with 2 induction rings, sink, fridge, microwave, kettle, a rack for drying clothes and bathroom with shower/wc, plus balcony or terrace with table and chairs.  Panorama and Standard also have a sofa bed which becomes a small double suitable for 1 adult or 2 children. 
The apartments can be booked either as self catering or with breakfast in La Paul or Smeraldo during the normal hotel season.   For those who wish to eat out in the evenings it is an easy walk into Sirmione town centre and the many restaurants or you can try the à la carte menu at Restaurant Il Canneto in Hotel La Paul.  The menu can be made gluten free if needed and you can either eat in or ask for a 'take away' and eat in your apartment. 
During the period from April to end of October check in for the apartments is in Hotel La Paul also right by the lakeside and opposite Villa Canneto on the western shores of the Sirmione peninsular and just a short distance from the pedestrian only historic centre of Sirmione village with its moat and imposing Castle.  During the season when the hotel is open it is possible to enjoy sunbathing on the sun loungers in the garden facing the lake or even just sit in the shade with a book at the kiosk bar (open in high season) and relax and watch the passing boats; there is also an outdoor swimming pool.  For those who feel they need to stay 'connected' even when on holiday there is free wi-fi throughout the hotel and even in the garden!
For the more energetic the area around Sirmione is great for cycling as there is a choice of routes both on the flat or taking to the hills.  The hotel has some 'city bikes' for free use to cycle locally or you can hire professional mountain or road bikes and take any of the 9 tours available to other lake side villages, or visit castles, medioeval hamlets, vineyards or just cycle the route along the River Mincio south of the lake. Maps are provided by the hotel and on some occasions there are also group guided tours.

Hotel Gallo

Lake Garda - Tignale

Hotel Gallo

This small hotel, right in the main village of Tignale, run by Fulvia and Renato has become a real favourite,  well known for its good food and friendly atmosphere. (There has to be a reason why Trip Advisor has classed the hotel as excellent!)  All the rooms are en suite many with balcony and lake facing. There is an on site swimming pool, small health club with jacuzzi, sun bed, turkish bath and the possibility of booking massage and various beauty treatments plus a panoramic terrace from where there are views onto the lake below and Monte Baldo opposite.  What could be better than 'al fresco' dining in the summer sitting on the terrace admiring the view!
Just a few metres from the hotel are the S. Pietro apartments, 4 x 2 bedroom flats for maximum 4/5 persons all tastefully furnished with living/kitchen area, bathroom, balcony and lake view and possibility of air conditioning.  This now brings the number of available apartments within 60 metres of the hotel to 6  that can be booked either self catering or half board with meals in Hotel Gallo.  Use of hotel facilities included in the price.  For more apartments see La Dolce Vita Relais.
Coeliac guests are given a very warm welcome and will find a separate breakfast buffet and a choice of menu for the evening meal.  For several years now to make sure there is no chance of cross contamination all flour, breadcrumbs etc used in the kitchen are gluten free!

'Thank you so much for arranging a wonderful holiday and introducing us to the fantastic Hotel Gallo and Tignale.  Your being there on day one was so lovely and informative. The staff at the hotel could not have been more helpful or welcoming.  They made my first foreign gluten free holiday so stress free and relaxing.  We enjoyed the food and wine immensely - we would love to return and explore more of Lake Garda in the future.'  Alison & Nigel  Sept 2019
.  'Thanks for finding us such a lovely apartment (Begonia owned by Hotel Gallo) for our stay on Garda.   We loved the garden, the coolness and space in the apartment and it was so handy for everything in Tignale as well. Thanks too for your tips on the first day  - it was very helpful to be able to What's App you (Gilli) for answers to any queries during our stay. Hotel Gallo staff were lovely to us and it was nice to have them there although we mainly enjoyed either cooking ourselves or getting a pizza!'  Jill & Robert  June 2019
'We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and thank you for recommending. It was a delightful place with such lovely staff.  Nothing was too much trouble.  Our room was all we had hoped for and the food was great.  It was relaxing for me not having to worry about what I was eating. The countryside is magical and we enjoyed walking and exploring with just the sound of birdsong to accompany us.  We will certaily go back again.'  Mia & Ian  June 2017
'We have just enjoyed the most amazing holiday at Hotel Gallo.  It has been a total success and the best holiday we have experienced certainly since Amanda was diagnosed as being coeliac. We found the rooms comfortable, clean with stunning views of the lake.  All the staff were so friendly, helpful and accommodating, particularly when it came to offering advice on menu options.  We also took your advice and embraced the whole experience by eating lunch out in Verona, Torri del Benaco and Salò and on every occasion we found delicious gf and df options. So a massive 'Thank You' for reassuring us that the hotel understood and could provide delicious and safe food and for offering us lots of advice for making the most of our holiday'. Pete, Amanda & Hannah  August 2016
'Just to say a big thank you for a great holiday - we are so impressed - can't fault it in any way.  The GF provision was exceptional'.  Judy & Graham July 2016.
"4 day walking holiday in Tignale. 4 of us have stayed at the Gallo previously, however our other four friends had not
They were truly amazed at the quality of the hotel, its location, the level of service and the quality of the food. The staff as always, were attentive and polite and the lake facing rooms with balcony were truly stunning  By the end of the break none of us wanted to leave - we would have gladly stayed another 3-4 days. In summary I cannot praise the owners and staff enough.  Each time we return it is just like visiting family Fantastic
". John, Michele, Simon, Jacqui and friends June 2016.
"Hotel Gallo nothing less than superb! Everyone staying at the hotel is treated with the same care and food and wine top notch. Being a 'big' person I had a little problem with the size of the shower but even that got sorted!" Mike & Dee, Alan & Jan, James & Melissa August 2014
"Thank you all once again for another lovely holiday - the hospitality, excellent food and friendliness is outstanding.  Like home from home!"  Phil & Margaret  July 2014
"We certainly enjoyed our stay in Hotel Gallo.  It was marvellous to more or less eat the same diet as my husband yet still know I wouldn't get ill.  On top of that everyone in the hotel made us feel welcome and it was like being part of a family.  We found the facilities excellent and enjoyed being so close to the pool.  Janet & Georges June 2013
" The hotel is a haven for coeliacs - the gluten free provision is extensive with a brilliant choice for breakfast which even included gf croissants and pains au chocolat.  Sitting on the terrace for breakfast and dinner we had breathtaking views of Lake Garda below us and the mountains across the lake." Sue & Ian July 2012
"Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful Hotel Gallo: I genuinely enjoyed my week and have every intention of returning next year: The food was very, very good and the chefs provided the best gluten-free gourmet dining ever!"  Katharine  September 2010
"Just to say how much we enjoyed staying at Hotel Gallo.  What a lot of effort they put in and it was wonderful to be able to enjoy freshly prepared pasta dishes."  Linda & Steve June 2009
"Thank you so much for organising such a lovely holiday for us.  Everything was just wonderful, particulary the hotel and the pasta!"  John & Lindsay July 2007

Park Hotel ZanZanu

Lake Garda - Tignale
High above Lake Garda with spectacular views onto the lake and Monte Baldo opposite, Park Hotel Zanzanu is south facing giving you sunshine from early morning until late afternoon so there is plenty of time to get that sun tan lying round the pool!   The hotel is great for families with plenty of space for children to run around, an indoor pool useful for early and late season, jacuzzi, sauna and gym and outdoor pool including incorporated children's pool, tennis courts, table tennis and play area for small children. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast and 3 course evening meal plus salad bar and at lunchtimes snacks and light meals are available near the pool area.  All rooms are en suite and have balcony with side facing or front facing view onto the lake. ALL hotel rooms now have air conditioning. Advise early booking for family rooms!

For several years Park Hotel ZanZanu has also offered apartments, originally  for 4 or 6 persons within the hotel grounds by the tennis courts.  These can be booked either on a self catering basis or half board taking meals in the hotel. Use of hotel facilities included in the price. 
In 2018 they increased the offer adding  BORGO BEATRICE - 10 apartments all with air con, 2 bedrooms, living/kitchen area, bathroom, balcony and lake view within the hotel grounds just metres from the main hotel.   These apartments are either ground floor - Borgo Giardino with patio and garden- - or first floor - Borgo Terrazzo with large terrace - and again can be booked either on a self catering basis or half board taking meals in the hotel. 
'Thank you so much for recommending Park Hotel ZanZanu, it was absolutely perfect for us and we thoroughly enjoyed our week’s stay.  The hotel staff were brilliant and so accommodating particularly in regards to Martyn being a Coeliac. Thank you for all the arrangements with the hotel and also booking of the taxis to/from the airport, all went very smoothly'.  Diane, Adrian & Martyn  August 2022
'Just wanted to say thank you for all your help, we had a really lovely time in Tignale and around Lake Garda. The hotel and their staff were great and very helpful and the apartment was well equipped and very clean.  My coeliac son was really happy with the food too!  It was so easy booking through you and took a lot of stress out of the holiday organisation so thanks again.'  Jeena, Daniel,, Alex & Niamh  August 2018
"We had a fabulous time in Italy and especially at the ZanZanu hotel.  The staff were all lovely and they looked after us all, especially Nicole, so well. We never had to worry about Nicole's meals and it made things so much easier.  We also loved Lake Garda - thanks so much for your help and suggestions for what to do during our 10 days." Emma, Sean, Nicole Robert  July 2014
"We had a great holiday, Tignale was very picturesque as was the view of the lake from the hotel.  Hotel ZanZanu was lovely and friendly, we hope to return again in the not too distant future for another 'senza glutine' holiday".  Julie, Mark, Ross, Lewis  August 2013
 "..the food was first rate. It was nice to let someone else worry about the ingredients in the meals, and the individually served breakfast selection was much appreciated. We will be recommending the hotel to various coeliacs"  Nick & Margaret September 2010
"We had a wonderful holiday at ZanZanu & really enjoyed the area around Tignale.  The hotel was excellent with great facilities for the children, friendly staff and lovely menu each night to choose from and for me being a coeliac it was excellent"  Gary, Caroline, Daniel, Rosy  July 2009
"This was my first holiday outside Ireland since becoming coeliac and I never felt better and had no stomach problems at all.  I loved the bread rolls at the hotel - they were my daily treat!"  Mary, William & the girls.  June 2007

La Dolce Vita Relais

Lake Garda - Tignale
From the moment it opened La Dolce Vita Relais had a real 'wow' factor, especially with the stunning views onto the lake from every part of the residence.! This residence adds a new dimension to apartment accommodation in Tignale and is the latest venture for Fulvia, Renato and family already well known for Hotel Gallo and S. Pietro Apartments.  Now both buildings of total 14 beautifully furnished apartments are open, all with 2 bedrooms and divided into type 'Alberica' with 1 bathroom and twin washbasins and 'Suite Altea' with 2 bathrooms, one of them ensuite to the main bedroom.  This smart new residence is in the same part of Tignale as Hotel ZanZanu and all the apartments have wifi throughout, well equipped kitchens including microwave and dish washer, air conditioning and large furnished balconies and full lake view.   On site there is an outdoor (heated beginning and end of season) pool, a room with washing machines and private parking. Bed linen and towels, with a change of towels and tidy round every 4 days and all utilities are included in the weekly price.  There is a daily delivery service of fresh bread/croissants, milk etc which can be prebooked and paid at the residence. In low season arrivals and departures can be any day of the week but July, August and part of September where possible weekend arrivals are preferred. 
NEWLY OPENED - OTIUM SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE with jacuzzi, bio sauna, turkish bath, emtional shower, bucket shower with cold water and a relaxation area. 
For 2024 use of the Spa is free to all guests at La Dolce Vita but can also be usedand enjoyed by guests from Hotel Gallo for a fee. 

Hotel La Paul

Lake Garda - Sirmione
AS FROM SUMMER 2022   Il Canneto restaurant.
Specialising mainly in fish dishes - including wonderful grilled sea fish or 'fritto misto' - Hotel La Paul now offers an à la carte menu at Il Canneto restaurant.  The hotel still continues offering half board for guests staying 4 nights or more but you can now also enjoy an evening of al fresco dining on the terrace overlooking the lake choosing from the à la carte menu.  Obviously all the dishes can be made gluten free too so enjoy increased flexibility:  book half board and then if you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat yourselves one evening upgrade to Il Canneto!!
Hotel La Paul is right by the lakeside on the western shores of the Sirmione peninsular and just a short distance from the pedestrian only historic centre of Sirmione village with its moat and imposing Castle.  The hotel is set in its own grounds with direct access to the lake; enjoy sunbathing on the sun loungers in the garden facing the lake or even just sit in the shade with a book at the kiosk bar (open in high season) and relax and watch the passing boats; there is also an outdoor swimming pool.  For those who feel they need to stay 'connected' even when on holiday there is free wi-fi throughout the hotel and even in the garden!
For the more energetic the area around Sirmione is great for cycling as there is a choice of routes both on the flat or taking to the hills.  The hotel has some 'city bikes' for free use to cycle locally or you can hire professional mountain or road bikes and take any of the 9 tours available to other lake side villages, or visit castles, medioeval hamlets, vineyards or just cycle the route along the River Mincio south of the lake. Maps are provided by the hotel and on some occasions there are also group guided tours.
Rooms are all en suite, with air conditioning some facing towards the swimming pool and the Panorama rooms with mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities have a balcony and lake view.  The entrance lobby has been refurbished and now has a much bigger sitting area; the restaurant has been extended with large picture windows facing the lake as has the terrace just outside the restaurant where breakfast can be taken weather permitting.  For those of you who need a gluten free diet, over the  last 15 years the hotel has specialised in catering for coeliacs so you can rest assured you will be well looked after. There is a separate buffet breakfast area and a choice of menu for the evening meal.  Home made bread, cakes, some types of pasta and many other Italian specialities are on offer and when the hotel serves breaded or fried food gluten free flour and breadcrumbs are used for all the hotel guests!
Special offer prices up to 15% less than the hotel list price and include a bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival and house wine/water with your evening meal.
Family rooms for up to 4-5 people are available at La Paul or the sister Hotel Smeraldo just across the road taking all meals at Hotel La Paul.  
'Just want to thank you for booking us a lovely holiday.  I had no problem with the food at all, they looked after me very well with plenty of choices and the staff are all lovely! We've loved every minute and the weather has been glorious.'  Maria & Colin  September 2023
'We've had a really good time here, both Hotel La Paul and Smeraldo have been great, food and service excellent.  The boys have loved their first taste of Italy and we are already talking about coming back! Dan, Fay, Ethan, Jonah  August 2023
'We arrived back home last week following a lovely time in Italy and Hotel La Paul in Sirmione.  Compliments to the hotel staff who really looked after my Gluten free needs at every meal.  Thanks as everything went reallly smoothly'. Chris & Denise June/July 2018
'Hotel La Paul was really nice and the gluten free food was delicious.  I liked being able to order the evening meal in advance because I was able to mention my nut allergy and also I was able to relax during the day and look forward to my evening meal.  The hotel also made me a gf toastie at lunchtime when we were relaxing and sunbathing.  We will definitely return to Italy next year!  Cathy & Steven  July 2018
'We loved the location of the hotel and it was an easy walk to the Old Town of Sirmione and when we returned it was an oasis of calm. Such a beautiful position with the garden opening onto the Lake. The gluten free food was really appreciated and in the evening it was nice to just do downstairs for dinner without any hassle.  The restaurant staff were so kind and helpful.'  Jan & Jim May 2018
'Just wanted to say thank you for organising our fab family holiday.  We all had a really great time and the gluten free food options were wonderful.  It made our holiday so much more relaxing.'  Michele, Jamie, Blake, Arran August 2017
' Hotel La Paul was perfect for the rest and relaxation we needed after all our exploring in Rome.  All the staff were so helpful and lovely and it was such a treat for me to relax on holiday and not have to worry about food all the time - it made it very special. The hotel is in a beautiful location, 5 mins from the old town which is lovely to walk round, shop or swim in the lake. The room was very nice with very good air con (which was needed) and a lovely view from our balcony!  We would definitely return.'  Hannah & Rob June 2017  (2 centre holiday with Rome)
'We found the hotel staff exceptionally friendly and always helpful - especially Nadia in the restaurant.  Yes the decor is basic but the rooms are clean and good air con.  Lociaton is perfect - on the lake.  Short walk into wonderful Sirmione.  Lovely pool too  and sunloungers by the lake.  We stayed half board and the gluten free evening menu was great.  Lovely breakfast too.  Gilli, who we booked with was most helpful and answered many questions very promptly.  She also got us a good price.  Would definitely stay again - good value.'   Tina, Douglas, Lydia, Sophie  May 2017.
'We can't thank you enough for our month's holiday at Hotel La Paul in Sirmione.  Barbara the restaurant manager was really wonderful and all the staff including the cleaners were brilliant.  Our room was overlooking the lake with a balcony.  Tony, my husband is on a gluten free diet and it was the best food he has had in any hotel we have stayed in.  It was a great breakfast and evening meal for the both of us served by very pleasant and courteous staff.  Thank you once again for booking this great holiday for us.'  Eileen & Tony  June 2016
' Just to say thanks for sorting our booking.  We had a great week's holiday in Sirmione.  All the staff at Hotel La Paul were extremely helpful.  Beautiful location, will visit again.'  Richard & Sue  September 2015
'Just to let you know we had a lovely honeymoon at Hotel La Paul.  The hotel and staff were great and the food delicious.  Thank you for your help and advice.'  Natalie & Rob.  July 2015
Thank you for all your help with our booking. We had a fabulous time exploring Lake Garda - we also managed to get to Brescia, Verona and Venice - amazing! The hotel staff were very attentive and friendly - we were both extremely sad to leave!   Karen & Mike  April 2014
I would like to thank you for the good job you did in arranging our holiday. Hotel La Paul was good as I am a coeliac - food was perfect and the chef  made a lovely madeira cake for me to bring home (lovely touch)! Everything was perfect. 
Nuala, Robert, Basil & Marie  July 2013
'Thank you for your help with choosing La Paul. We had a super time, weather was perfect, the hotel was excellent, our room was (we think) the best in the hotel, staff were helpful and attentive and really on top of gluten free.
John & Maggie  May 2012
'Thank you for organising our recent trip to Sirmione.  It was a beautiful place to visit, the only problem was we didn't stay long enough!   Hotel La Paul was lovely and the staff were very friendly and helpful'.  Lorraine & David  May 2011
"We enjoyed our Visit to Sirmione and our stay at Hotel la Paul was wonderful.  The Gluten Free meals were perfect for our needs and all the staff were so friendly, helpful and courteous, they are a credit to the management". Michael & Mavis June 2009
"The hotel was very comfortable, the staff friendly and efficient and the gluten free food excellent."  John & Cindy  June 2007.

Hotel Villa Nicolli

Lake Garda - Riva del Garda

At the northern end of Lake Garda where the lake ends and the spectacular Brenta Dolomites begin lies the town of Riva del Garda.  Just a few minutes walk from  the old town with its narrow streets and the shores of the lake with its pebble beach is Hotel Villa Nicolli, a 4 star hotel set in its own garden with outdoor swimming pool and a full Spa including Himalayan salt cave, Turkish bath, bio sauna, vitae path and relax area and a heated indoor salt water pool with big picture windows facing onto the garden. You will find the emphasis is on quality, whether it be the furnishings in the public rooms, the lounge has big comfortable armchairs or the bedrooms, many of them recently refurbished and all with balcony or terrace many with views towards the vineyards and mountains.  The hotel serves a buffet breakfast each day from 07.00 - 10.00,  lunch or a snack is available often served at the pool so there is no problem as to where to go to find something to eat!  In the evening dinner with a choice from an à la carte menu, salad bar, dessert and cheese trolley is served in the main restaurant.  For several years now the hotel has catered for coeliac guests and is accredited by the Italian Coeliac Society so, rest assured, all coeliacs will be well looked after.

Hotel Eden

Lake Garda - Brenzone
Featured in the Italian Coeliac Society web site as catering for coeliacs.
Hotel Eden, 3* situated in Brenzone, just a few kilometres south of Malcesine, is in a fantastic position boasting a wonderful lake view from the hotel terrace, and at the same time only 50 metres from the beach. Guests can choose whether to relax on the terrace or in the garden, swim in the Hotel Eden part indoor /part outdoor heated pool or use the jacuzzi, sauna or even the new gym in amongst the olive trees.  If that is not enough you can walk through the tunnel under the road that connects directly with the wonderful Hotel Belfiore garden and the new private garden and beach area with sun loungers belonging to Hotel Eden. The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi at Hotel Belfiore can also be used for a small fee.
The hotel has 37 rooms, all air conditioned with balcony and many with lake view.  The rooms on the first floor are all Junior Suite Panorama and as the name implies each has a big terrace and wonderful lake views.On the 1st and 2nd floors you have six Eden Comfort lake facing rooms which were recently completely refurbished with new flooring, new LCD TVs, a hydromassage shower and balcony with full lake view and all the Classic rooms either lake or mountain facing with balcony and now also completely 'refreshed'.     The Eden Lake Superior and Junior Suites can be used as family rooms for max 4 persons with a double bed and sofa bed that becomes bunks.  There are also 2 Eden Superior rooms on the ground floor with mountain view and a large patio/garden. 
Hotel Eden is the only hotel on the eastern Veneto side of the lake to be accredited by the Italian Coeliac Society.  Coeliac guests are welcome and both breakfast and dinner are served in the Hotel Eden restaurant or during the summer months, weather permitting, on the part covered panoramic terrace. From the main road there is a short walk up an incline and some steps into the hotel reception.  However car parking is at the top of the incline near the olive trees.
'I would like to thank you so much for arranging our holiday to Hotel Eden, Lake Garda. It was absolutely fabulous and the hotel staff were amazing, it made eating GF a dream'.  Petra and family  August 2019
'We all had a lovely time at Hotel Eden, it was very relaxing and all the staff were so welcoming, friendly and helpful.  The elevated location overlooking the lake is great, we saw some beautiful sunsets while eating dinner on the terrace.  The gluten free catering was great and my son felt very well looked after. It was interesting to see the Italian approach to gluten free and cross contamination, UK has some catching up to do!  All in all it a very special holiday, thank you for your help and advice.'  Claire and family August 2019
' We just wanted to thank you for arranging our recent holiday in Lake Garda.  Hotel Eden was excellent and the views from our hotel rooms were fantastic!  We all thought Lake Garda was fantastic and can definitely recommend Hotel Eden.'  Christine, Lynda & Patrick September 2018
'Many thanks for the recommendation of Hotel Eden.  We had such a wonderful time and found the hotel owners and staff so accommodating and made us so welcome.  We liked it so much we would like to go back again next year...  '  Gareth & Jacqui  July 2018
' A great big thank you for organising a lovely holiday at Hotel Eden. We used the buses, walked a lot, the food for both of us was great and the GF provision superb.  Mixed weather but that was fine and the pool was lovely and warm.  We think Brenzone is one of the best spots on the lake!'  Ann & Simon April 2017
' Hotel Eden is a typical family hotel.  The rooms are very comfortable and they are renovating the older style rooms year on year.  The hotel is certified by the Coeliac society of Italy so you can be safe in the knowledge that they know what they are doing.  On arrival we were shown the day's menu to choose what we wanted for that evening's meal.  On asking what was gluten free the response was 'everything.  We can make anything on the menu gluten free'.  And that was the sense of the hotel throughout the holiday - nothing was too much trouble and all requests were always dealt with efficiently and with a smile.  What made it even nicer was that every single member of staff always wore the biggest smiles and looked like they were happy to be there helping you.'  Debra and family  August 2016
'Just wanted to thank you for organising our trip to Hotel Eden Brenzone.  We had a fantastic holiday and were really looked after.  The recommendation for Verona was superb.'  Vicky & John  July 2016
'We have just returned home from a wonderful holiday at Hotel Eden.  The room and balcony were superb and we spent much time on our balcony just watching the boats on the lake and all the changing scenery around us.  The staff were so friendly and helpful and the gluten freee food was delicious.  We also enjoyed the swimming pool which was heated.  We can thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone coeliac or not!'  Gill and Chris June 2016
'Hotel Eden was great, it was comfortable and the position by the lake amazing. The staff were really friendly and very helpful, they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The food was absolutely delicious and Paul was spoilt rotten. He has never had such a choice of gluten free food before, they even had gluten free beer!  It made such a difference to not have to eat something different to everyone else, he picked from the same menu and they just made it gluten free for him.  The Foleys April 2015
"We had a lovely holiday at Hotel Eden. My husband Mike, who is the coeliac, was very well looked after and enjoyed his meals.  Even though he was the only coeliac for most of the holiday the chef, David, went out of his way and even made him a tiramisu one evening. Max, the manager, was always on hand if we wanted anything. We had some lovely walks along the lakeside and it wasn't very far to the bus-stop one way and to catch the ferry the other."  Diana & Mike  September 2014
"Our room at Hotel Eden had a magnificent view over the lake and the balcony was an ideal place to relax and watch the activity on the lake.  The staff at the hotel went to great lengths to cater for my wife's gluten free diet.  Parking at the hotel was easy under the olive trees and the lakeside path was wonderful." Robert & Rita  August 2014

Belfiore Park Hotel

Lake Garda - Brenzone
Definitely a hotel with the WOW factor!!
From the moment you arrive, Belfiore Park Hotel, the only 4*Superior hotel in Brenzone just a short distance south of Malcesine, recently renovated to a very high standard and situated right by the lake side, will make you feel at ease. From every part of the hotel, whether you are on the terrace, lying round the pool, on the beach or on the new sun loungers in some of the more secluded parts of the garden full of olive trees, roses and bougainville, you will have fantastic views onto the lake and the dramatic cliffs opposite with sheer drops to the lake side. The hotel has a bar and lounge leading onto the terrace and a superb dining room with lake view including several tables out on the terrace for 'al fresco' dining. Almost the whole of the ground floor at beach level is taken up by the Dhara Wellness Centre, definitely to be recommended for a day of pampering.
The hotel prices are for bed & breakfast; a fantastic breakfast buffet with pretty well everything you can imagine is served up to 11 o'clock.   The main restaurant is open from 12.30 to 19.00 with an à la carte menu and after that a snack menu is available throughout the evening and night.  If you prefer to have half board or some evenings eat later than 19.00 guests at Hotel Belfiore are more than welcome to eat at Hotel Eden.
The bedrooms are on 3 floors, all tastefully furnished with air conditioning, balcony and lake view ranging from the Junior Suite Belfiore,  Junior Suite Italian Prestige - 10 rooms refurbished to a very high standard whose themes are about Italy and Italians who have written the history of the nation (eg. Luciano Pavarotti, Enzo Ferrari, Marco Polo, Giacomo Casanova) -  to other Junior and full Suites in the garden area or right by the lakeside. In early and late season the part indoor/part outdoor heated pool at Hotel Eden is available for hotel guests for a small fee.
' The holiday was everything you had said it would be.  Hotel Belfiore was stunning - location, food, faciliteis all amazing and the staff were always a pleasure to deal with.  Coeliac friendliness in the hotel and restaurants in general was such a new and welcome experience , as you waid it would be.  We would have no hesitation in recommending both the hotel and your company'.  Joan & Robert June 2017
' We had never visited Lake Garda before our recent enjoyable holiday.  We booked through Gilli's Holidqys because she offers to find a good coeliac friendly place to stay - and boy did she find us a lovely place!  This hotel is situated right on the lakeside with a lovely outlook across the lake to the mountains.  We loved the fact you could walk straight out of the hotel on the the lakeside walk and could walk so far in either direction without getting on the main road.  Our room was on the 3rd floor with balcony great for quiet reading or sunbathing.  We had booked B&B but ate in the restaurant every night to be sure of gluten free food at all times.  The quality of the food was excellent and the breakfast superb. And the staff, so friendly and warmly welcoming and the restaurant staff work well as a team.  The gardens are very nice and it is a relaxing pleasure to sit on the decking on comfortable seating under the sun-sail canopy.'  Christine & Bill  June 2016
'Our holiday at Hotel Belfiore was everything I could have hoped for and more.  Lake Garda is a beautiful place to visit, I even managed to swim in the lake.  The hotel was amazing with the staff being very helpful and friendly.  Food was great and breakfast was always fresh and plentiful.  I would definitely recommend it to anybody.  Thank you for finding and sharing an amazing place with us.'  Christina & Nigel  September 2015

Hotel Castello

Lake Garda - Malcesine
Hotel Castello is a 4* hotel situated in the historical centre of Malcesine but at the same time in a quiet position at the foot of the Scaligero Castle which dominates the village.  As its full name implies Hotel Castello Lake Front is right by the lakeside and leading on from the garden with its colourful umbrellas and sun loungers, the private beach seems to be a natural continuation of the hotel itself.  All the main areas of the hotel such as dining room, bar, lounge and terrace enjoy panoramic views onto the lake so very easy to spend time soaking up the sun on the private beach or the pontoon, swimming in the lake or sipping an aperitivo on the terrace admiring the view.  The main entrance to the hotel where you will find reception, bar, lounge and the panoramic terrace is on the 1st floor whereas the dining area leading out to the garden and lake is on the ground floor.  There are several room types of 20 sq . or 25 sq.m, all en suite and with air conditioning, some on the ground floor with or without terrace and then others on the first and upper floors all with balcony or terrace and lake views.  If you are looking for something special there are also some newly built very 'smart' suites to choose from.  The hotel restaurant, renowned for the quality and presentation of its food, serves a buffet breakfast and instead of a set half board menu, guests wishing to eat in the hotel in the evenings can choose daily from the à la carte menu and enjoy a small discount on the list price.  There is also a very good choice of wines.  Coeliac guests are welcome.  Since Malcesine  offers several restaurants and pizzerie offering gluten free food this gives you the best of both worlds - choose whether to eat in the hotel or have a couple of nights out strolling round Malcesine and eating at other restaurants!
"We've just returned from a wonderful 8 days at Hotel Castello.  The food and service was very good and the views to Lake Garda were stunning.  The  2 coeliacs in the party were well catered for, with plenty of choice.  The weather was indifferent at times but Malcesine's beautiful passageways made up for this. Thanks for finding the hotel and helping us have a relaxing holiday." Nick & Val, Mark & Wendy  August 2014

Hotel Villa Rosa

Lake Garda - Desenzano
How about a bit of luxury without being too formal?  Hotel Villa Rosa is an elegant 4 star hotel, a contrast of colours - floor and columns in ivory marble and leather armchairs in black, grey and beige - combining what was an old neoclassical lakeside villa with a modern presence and all this just a few steps from the lake shore!  Enjoy breakfast or an aperitif before dinner on the terrace overlooking the lake or in the summer months a lazy day by the pool where you can also have lunchtime snacks.  The hotel serves a very extensive buffet breakfast until well into the morning and the Rose e Sapori restaurant offers some wonderful gluten free (and non) dishes for dinner; those that book half board choose from the à la carte menu.  Rooms are on 3 floors all en suite with air conditioning and balcony either facing towards a residential area and car park, the garden and swimming pool or Junior Suites front facing to the lake. 
"It was lovely to chill out in the luxury of Hotel Villa Rosa on Lake Garda.  I had forgotten how beautiful it is there.  The hotel was excellent and the reception staff exceptionally helpful and friendly which all adds to the pleasure. So, an excellent choice and thank you so much for arranging for us. " Carmel & Peter September 2015
"I just wanted to write to let you know that we had a fantastic time at the Villa Rosa.  Everything, including the transfers, ran smoothly and the hotel was first class.  For the first time since being diagnosed coeliac, I was able to completely relax when eating in the restaurant.  I didn't need to worry that I was going to be given the wrong food and it was all absolutely delicious.  They also arranged a wonderful gluten free cake for my partners 50th birthday which I was also able to eat.  The hotel is really excellent and the staff couldn't do enough for us.  We loved Desenzano and will definitely be back again in the future." Mia & Ian August 2014
"We had a fantastic holiday at Villa Rosa. Many thanks for the booking and organising the taxis which were prompt and efficient.  We loved Desenzano and the hotel. Hopefully we'll go again next year!"  Sue, Sophie, Jessica, Mr. T and Mrs. C.  April 2014
"A big thank you for helping us to find and book the wonderful Hotel Villa Rosa.  The service was excellent and all of the staff were very helpful and pleasant to deal with.  The rooms were beautiful, clean and spacious, the location was very good as we were within a short walk of the centre of town but still quiet at night.  Being a coeliac it made the holiday so much more enjoyable not having to worry about where to eat and if my food would be safe from contamination.  The hotel catered for both myself and my dairy intolerant husband extremely well.  Breakfast was excellent and after one night dining in the restaurant we booked in half board for the rest of the holiday as the food quality and service was so good and the price very reasonable. We were very sad to leave and would highly recommend this hotel especially to anyone who suffers from coeliac disease or other food intolerances."  Honeymoon couple Michelle and Jason  July 2013.
'We certainly enjoyed Villa Rosa.  All of the staff were courteous and helpful and made our stay very pleasant indeed.  From the moment we arrived Vittorio in the restaurant assured Dad that he would look after him.  All meals were delicious, and in short, whatever gluten free food my Dad asked for, Villa Rosa prepared it for him!  Pauline, Kevin, Bernadette  July 2011

La Quiete Park Hotel

Lake Garda - Manerba
La Quiete Park Hotel is situated in a quiet position just 50 metres from the lake side near the village of Manerba and just 15kms north of Desenzano. Several years ago the hotel underwent a full refurbishment programme both in the public areas and the bedrooms. The main building is surrounded by a large attractive garden plus the pool area which has both an adult's and separate children's outdoor swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers. The hotel also has two clay tennis courts and city bikes can be hired.  During the summer months the 'Garden Grill ' is available for lunch served by the pool.  The bedrooms, either in the main building or adjacent villa are all en suite and several have a balcony or patio and view towards the lake.   Included in the holiday half board price is an 'Open Bar' from 10.00 to 17.00 serving soft drinks, coffee and tea.  In the evening house wine, water and soft drinks are also included with dinner.
Had a great few days at this hotel staying in one of the refurbished rooms in the villa rather than the main hotel.  Food and service was superb and although we were never around to have anything from the lunchtime Garden Grill the menu looked good!  Our stay just happened to coincide with the most amazing fireworks display on 14th August that must have gone on for about 20 minutes!'  August 2015  Mike & Dee
"This hotel is ideally situated along a quiet road about 100m from the shore of beautiful Lake Garda. The owner and staff were very welcoming and helpful - the 2 swimming pools were just great for cooling off and if you wanted something bigger all you had to do was wander down to the lake. We had chosen La Quiete because I understood that the hotel could cope with gluten-free diets.  Indeed they could.  We ate very well on half board during the week and the restaurant staff could not have been more helpful in assisting us with our various requests."  Jenny, Jamie & Sally  June 2012
"Great location near the lake, yet peaceful.  The hotel catered well for our gluten free/dairy free diet and adapted meals from the main menu for us.  We enjoyed a wonderful variety of different GF/DF breads at breakfast and the 3 course evening meal was always freshly prepared and beautifully cooked". Sue, Stephen & the girls May 2009

Hotel Cristina Sorrento

Hotel Cristina is in a quiet position between the coast and the hills and overlooking the town of Sant'Agnello on the outskirts of Sorrento. The views from the hotel are fantastic and facilities include a lounge/bar, panoramic restaurant where a light lunch is served, en suite bedrooms with balcony and sea view and an open air swimming pool all facing towards the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the background.  Hotel Cristina, family owned and under the same management as Hotel Centrale in Sorrento, offers bed & breakfast only but a light lunch or snacks are available on days you wish to stay round the pool  and since one member of the family is coeliac you can rest assured that all guests needing a gf diet will be well catered for.  The hotel minibus does a run the short distance to and from Sorrento town centre several times throughout the day and evening so for those who prefer a holiday in quiet surroundings but still want some time to enjoy the noise and bustle of Sorrento, this hotel is ideal.  There are plenty of restaurants in Sorrento and more and more of them serve gluten free dishes so you can take the minibus into town in the evening, enjoy local cuisine in a different restaurant each evening if you like and get the minibus back to the hotel afterwards.
'We had a lovely time in Sorrento and surrounding area. Hotel Cristina were excellent, attentive and catered for Tricia with her celiac so well. They took her on a tour of the breakfast buffet on our first morning and explained what was available and what was not to her.We ate out at the Foreigners club in Sorrento every night who were excellent and I would recommend that venue to your other travellers as well as Restaurant Sorrento.  Excellent holiday thank you'.   Michael & Tricia   September 2022
'Now back from our wonderdful holiday at Hotel Cristina.  The hotel itself was lovely and the views spectacular. The food was good and the gf bread rolls I had were the best bread I have tasted since having to eat gluten free over the last 5 years! Another great surprise was my timamisu for dessert one night, again the first I've eaten in 5 years! Overall, breakfast and dinner were great, there was a very good variety and choice and the food itself was a very high quality. Being able to relax about food on my holiday was great, even my daughter appreciated it!'  Wendy & Annmarie  August 2017
'Just wanted to say what a wonderful hotel this is.  Everything about it was excellend but if there was one area where they really excelled it was the professionalism and attitude of the staff.  As a coleiac, particular mention must be made of the restaurant staff with Elisabetta and Francesco truly outstanding.  Also excellent desserts.... so much better than what I get offered in UK!'  Martin and Bernadette  July 2017
' Thanks for all your help re our Sorrento trip.  Brilliant week's holiday to Hotel Cristina.  Spotless hotel, wonderful staff, beautiful location and amazing gluten free food for me!  We look forward to returning!'  Karen & Jason  July 2017
'We have just returned from our holiday in Sorrento and wanted to thank you for all the information you provided.  It was really helpful and made travelling to and from the hotel very manageable.  The hotel itself was lovely and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a very enoyable week'. Sonia, Nigel, Caleb, Joanna  August 2016 
'We had the most amazing time with your help and will definitely be saving up for another time out there at Hotel Cristina'.  Rachel, Mark, Jocelyn, Tess  August 2016
'Just to let you know we had a fabulous stay at Hotel Cristina.  Superb accommodation, lovely staff and yum yum food!' Joan and Ian  May 2015
' We just returned from a wonderful holiday at Hotel Cristina. The weather was perfect, the hotel is superb - we had a lovely room at the end of a corridor and spent hours just enjoying the view of the Bay of Naples!  The gluten free food was excellent, such a treat not to have to check everything I eat!  The staff at the hotel were so helpful and really made us feel special.'   Gill and Chris May 2015
We had a super holiday, Hotel Cristina was excellent.  From the rooms we had wonderful views of Sorrento and mount Vesuvius, looked forward to the breakfst and the evening meal every night and the gluten free choice for myself was first class. We used the shuttle bus from the hotel into Sorrento town every day and Sorrento was a lovely place.    Gary, Caroline, Daniel and Rosy, July 2013

Hotel Centrale Sorrento

Hotel Centrale, family run and recently modernised, is an attractive 4 star hotel, a few minutes walk from the lively Piazza Lauro and just a little further to the central Piazza Tasso.  The hotel has good on site facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, and a large 'fitness centre' with well equipped gym, turkish bath and for those who want to be pampered the possibility of massage and beauty treatments.  One of the best features is the roof top terrace where you can sit and relax with an aperitif enjoying the view onto the Bay of Naples and towards Vesuvius before walking into Sorrento centre for dinner.  All the rooms are en suite and air conditioned and many have a balcony. The holiday offer is B&B only but at lunchtimes snacks or a light lunch are available in the hotel whereas you will find plenty of restaurants in Sorrento, many of them serving gluten free dishes. 
We stayed at Hotel Centrale where all of the staff were very helpful at all times, especially the attention given to my wife for her gf food.  She felt very safe in their hands which makes for a relaxed holiday." Lance & Christine  June 2009

Hotel Royal

Lake Maggiore - Stresa
Up until now the only hotel I offered on Lake Maggiore was very expensive but hopefully the addition of Hotel Royal will now make a visit to Stresa much more affordable!
Situated at the north end of Stresa and just a few metres from the lakeside you will find Hotel Royal, a 3 star Superior hotel, originally a private villa but was bought and renovated in 1958 by the Rosa family.  Originally run by Vittorio, an artist and his wife, over the years the hotel has been passed to other family members who still run the hotel today.  During the years several refurbishment programmes have increased the capacity of the hotel but the public areas, sitting rooms and corners in the 'old' part of the building have maintained their character and you will find elegant and at the same time homely furnishings and many of Vittorio Rosa's paintings decorating the walls of  the hotel.  The bright and airy restaurant where meals are served faces the garden full of flowers and shrubs and in the summer breakfast can be served outside on the terrace.  The hotel also has an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with plenty of sun loungers and a rooftop panoramic terrace on the 5th floor with wonderful views onto the lake and Borromean islands.

All the Standard and Superior bedrooms are ensuite with shower or bath tub and all have balcony.  Standard rooms mainly face towards the road and mountains whereas some of the  Superior rooms have garden view or side or front lake view. 
For 2023 the hotel will be offering B&B or Half Board. Coeliac guests are very welcome and will be able to enjoy a buffet breakfast and in the evening either eat in the hotel or if on B&B only, take a walk into Stresa town centre where you will have a choice of at least 10 restaurants all serving gluten free dishes.  I have also found a couple of restaurants nearer to the hotel.

Hotel La Palma

Lake Maggiore - Stresa

Hotel La Palma, facing the lake and the Borromean Islands, is a very elegant 4 star hotel  in the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore situated on the main promenade with its liberty style hotels.  The emphasis is on quality from the large comfortable lounge and bar, the beautifully furnished restaurant to the light and airy rooms all with balcony and many  with lake view towards the famous Borromean islands.  Even if you are not very energetic don't miss out on the health club on the 6th floor for a sauna, steam bath or beauty treatments or where you can work out in the small gym, while admiring the magnificent view of the mountains or the lake!  Even more relaxing is the roof top Sky Pool with its sun loungers or the Sky Bar, open daily from midday until late evening weather permitting.  All the bedrooms are en suite and have bath with incorporated jacuzzi rather than just shower.   Coeliac guests are very welcome.


"Hotel la Palma is excellent, a top class hotel with a fantastic restaurant.  The staff went to great lengths to cater for my wife's gluten free diet.  The Sky Bar was a real treat, and the easy stroll into Stresa town makes a great after dinner walk.  Parking at the hotel was easy". Robert & Rita. August 2014
"Hotel La Palma is well worth the extra cost for a hotel of such standards; the food in the restaurant was of top quality and the choice for breakfast was excellent, the restaurant staff so helpful ensuring we had the best table available at all times. The Sky Bar is just the place to sit and have a sun downer and the view onto Lake Maggiore and the islands is very relaxing.  Having its own private beach and swimming pool is a plus too.  The hotel is also ideally situated just a short walk into the centre of Stresa."  Mike & Dee, Alan & Jan, James & Melissa August 2014

My Guest Roma

My Guest Roma is situated in pleasant surroundings on the edge of the main Rome touristic centre. Only a few minutes from busy shopping areas and with easy access to public transport, (metro or bus), this B&B  is a great base from which to enjoy the best of the touristic offer together with a taste of the “real” Rome.   Stefano, your host, grew up in this area of Rome - his family having lived here for generations - so through his local knowledge makes sure everyone enjoys their own 'Special Roman Experience'.
Situated on more than one floor in a residential building all the rooms in the Guest House are en suite and combine modern design and comfort with the appeal of the high ceilings, stuccos and wooden doors dating back to the 1930’s original building.  Besides standard single, doubles and triples there is a family room for 4 as well as an independent 3 room suite that can take up to 8 persons and is very suitable for families and group of friends. All rooms have access to a drinks station with kettle and microwave and there is free wi- fi connection and AC throughout the B&B in all areas.
Coeliacs are very welcome and gf breakfast is available and complements the breakfast offer.  As for eating out while in Rome .. who said those of you needing to observe a gluten free diet cannot enjoy the best of the Italian culinary tradition  even in the land of pasta and pizza ? The excellent menu offer of those restaurants in the area serving  gluten free  options and non won’t disappoint you and Stefano, owner of the B&B, will be able to point you in the right direction with his list of 26 restaurants serving gf food!
" Thank you so much for arranging our stay at My Guest Roma - we had a fabulous time.  Of course, we only really scratched the surface as there is so much to see in Rome, but it certainly gave us a taste for more.  A big thanks also to Stefano who was very helpful and welcoming". Isabel & Gabrielle September 2019
" We had such an amazing time exploring Italy and I ate so much fantastic gluten free food. The B&B was great, the room was very comfortable and large with a big en suite bathroom! Stefano was a brilliant host and we managed to pack a lot into 3 days! You can easily and cheaply get the metro in no time at all to the city centre. Stefano also has an incredible guide of gluten free restaurants in and around Rome which we took advantage of! I cannot rate this B&B and especially Stefano highly enough and if we ever return to Rome this would be our first option!" Hannah & Rob  June 2017
"We have just returned from a fantastic time in Rome - beautiful and there is so much to do.  The Guest house was all that I would have expected.  It is slightly out of the heart of town and was perfect for us.  It had a public transport network that meant you could easily and cheaply get to everywhere you needed to.  The guest house was immaculately clean and well presented.  It was simple but lacked for nothing.  Mini fridge in the room and drinks station in each appartment of 4 rooms. The gluten free was taken very seriously and Stefano was very real and lovely!  He was very hands on with his guests and was pretty much available 24/7. There is a 24hr supermarket across the road and 3 gluten free restaurants within walking distance.  We also visited 7 of the 20 some establishments that were recommended by Stefano.  For us it was absolutely fabulous!"  Linda & Robert June 2016

Venice and Venice Rooms

Venice & Venice Rooms is ideally situated on the first floor of an elegant building in a quiet area of the well known Cannaregio district of Venice but at the same time very close to Rialto Bridge and an approximate 10 mins walk from St. Mark's Square, the Accademia Galleries and other well known landmarks.  Although no longer officially classified as bed & breakfast the apartment with its 3 rooms each with private bathroom is far more than just a room rental.  During Covid it was not possible to offer a self service breakfast buffet so Monica modified the comunal areas and now offers each room with fridge, kettle and a welcome tray containing tea/coffee, biscuits, muffins etc.  Since you will actually be living in what was originally her home there is a fully equipped comunal kitchen available for use should you buy extra food for breakfast or decide to eat a meal in.  There is also a room with a wood beamed ceiling which serves as a place to relax, read a book or even watch TV - as you would do in your own house!  The garden is available to the guests and there is free Wi-fi throughout the building.   The nearest waterbus stops are Rialto, Cà d'oro or Fondamente Nove which, for those arriving at Venice Marco Polo, is one of the Alilaguna airport transfer stops.   Monica will supply you with a free city map and give you all the information and tips you need as to what to see and where to go so as to make your stay in Venice a memorable one.   
On the ground floor of the same building is the Zen apartment with double bedroom, living room with kitchen plus bathroom, suitable for 2 people who are happy to self cater and available from min 2 night stay to those of you wanting a longer stay and the privacy of eating a snack at 'home' after a tiring day of sightseeing.
'What a gem you have found.  Within walking distance of all the main sights and set in an old palazzo to boot.  The rooms are very comfortable and our room overlooked a canal - definitely better than overlooking a main road!  Monica made us feel so welcome and even got us a gluten free apricot pie to go with our breakfast.  A great place for a long weekend getaway.'  Debra, founder of Gluten Free and Me   August 2016.

Hotel Garden

Tuscany - Siena
It's taken a while to find it but at last a lovely hotel in SIENA! 
Hotel Garden is a 4 star hotel dominating a quiet hillside in the north of Siena and just 1.5kms from the historical town centre.  The hotel, set in a large park, comprises a central building, a villa dating back to 1600 and which today houses reception, a bar and comfortable lounge, the hotel breakfast area and La Limonaia restaurant,  meeting rooms and 20 of the hotel rooms.  However the best feature of the hotel MUST be the wonderful terrace that runs the full length of the building with plenty of seating under the vines and views onto Siena with the cathedral against the skyline and where, in the summer months breakfast and also evening meals are served.  The other bedrooms are in three different buildings throughout the hotel grounds, all en suite with air conditioning and within 100 metres of the main Villa.  There is also an outdoor pool and separate children's pool.  Hotel Garden is featured in the Italian coeliac society web site and is very happy to cater for all coeliac visitors. 

Portolaconia Residence

Sardinia - Cannigione
New addition for 2020.
Portolaconia Residence is part of the Tanca Manna complex and is situated 30 kilometres north of Olbia on the north east coast of Sardinia between Cannigione and Palau.  The whole complex, built in the 80s, is on a hillside facing the sea, with Portolaconia Residence on one of the lower terraces, close to the Piazzetta where, from June to mid September you will find a bar, restaurant, launderette, and also a supermarket (April to October)  that sells gluten free products. 
The residence is surrounded by green Mediterranean vegetation that in spring becomes one mass of bright yellow mimosa and broom. There are 106 apartments laid out in terraced blocks, each with its own independent entrance, ground floor with a covered patio and garden, or steps up to mezzanine and first floor apartments each with a covered terrace and tables and chairs to be able to enjoy the views to the sea while eating outside. There are several different apartment types ranging from studio apartments for 2 up to larger apartments for 4,5 or 6 persons with a double bedroom and second bedroom with 2 or 3 beds and if needed a sofa bed available in the living room. There are a few steps in all the apartments except the studio.  The small kitchens have 4 gas rings, sink, large fridge with small freezer, and on request you can rent a microwave oven for your stay.  I have also requested that there be a toaster available to be used for toasting gluten free bread only and should be requested on arrival at reception and returned (without crumbs)  before departure.  The bathrooms are all with shower/wc and there is free Wifi throughout the units. Due to flight arrival times it may be possible to check in earlier/later than the standard times shown above.

From Portolaconia Residence you can reach the beach in front of the complex on foot in a few minutes. However if you don't want to walk during the hotter summer months you can book the 3 wheeler Ape taxi service and even be picked up/dropped back at your apartment for €1,50 per person each way!  For lovers of watersports there is windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, scuba diving and snorkelling. If you prefer other kinds of sports then there’s also tennis, horse riding and golf nearby.
In nearby CANNIGIONE you will find several restaurants that advertise as having gluten free options:  The nearest, La Vecchia Lampara is just 1.5 kms, and the others, Da Serafino e Giovanni (pizzas), La Sciumara e La Zattera between 2.5 to 3km.  Further away you will find several restaurants in OLBIA, the latest addition being an entirely gluten and dairy free restaurant BE FREE which also has vegetarian and vegan options.


Hotel Montana

Monte Bondone (Trento)
Fantastic value and great for families.  Ski-ing recommended for beginners up to intermediate level. Plenty of summer activities too.
Hotel Montana is situated in the village of Vason at 1650 mts and just a few steps away from the ski slopes (mountain meadows in the summer), lifts and ski school of Monte Bondone.   In recent years, the hotel, which has been run for over 40 years by the Barbieri family, underwent a big refurbishment programme and now has a completely new look plus increased capacity.  Apart from the normal classic rooms and some apartments, the hotel now boasts 17 family suites on the top floor all with magnificent views towards the ski area or the valley and the Brenta Dolomite peaks.  The indoor pool, with a separate children's pool, is open every day both winter and summer and is complete with water jets, bubbles and a jacuzzi and directly outside is a terrace, a real sun trap in the summer!  The 'Wellness' centre is certainly worth a visit, whether it is just to spend an hour in one of the relax rooms on the loungers with breathtaking views of the Brenta Dolomites or taking a sauna, Turkish bath or having one of the many beauty treatments or massages that are available. And if you really want to pamper yourselves book the private Spa Suite for a couple of hours - imagine sitting in your private jacuzzi with mountains all around you!  Hotel Montana is featured in the Italian Coeliac Society web site and will look after you all very well.
"We had a fantastic time in Monte Bondone.  Thank you very much.  The boys loved the skiing and all the hotel staff." Jackie, Craig, Barnaby, Jacob  March 2016
Thank you for organising our trip to Italy.  The transport all worked as planned, Hotel Montana and its staff were great, the food was excellent, the weather fantastic and Monte Bondone was beautiful.  We were impressed by the way that the Italians generally seem more aware of coeliac disease and its implications - it makes Italy an excellent potential destination for coeliacs.   Matthew, Laura and Patrick  July 2013
 We had a really lovely time at Hotel Montana - the provision of gluten free food was excellent and they totally understand about contamination.  The hotel was spotless, the room comfortable and the swimming pool lovely but what really made the holiday was the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff. The ski area is small, but absolutely perfect for beginners/children and our 5 and 8 year old daughters came on leaps and bounds and loved every minute.  I cannot stress enough what a difference it made to my daughter and me knowing that the food was safe and that there was lots of choice. I have also not really visited Italy before, apart from work, and I was struck by the general atmosphere of friendliness, particulary towards the children, which we really appreciated   Rob, Katharine & family  February 2013
"Thank you for arranging a lovely ski holiday for us at Hotel Montana.  Hotel staff were very friendly & couldn't do enough for us.  The food was excellent and I had a completely stress free/gluten free holiday."  Judith & family January 2009.
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