GF Journeys trip to Italy
By Vic Dolcourt
February 2014 - Whenever I imagine Italy I have visions of the Coliseum in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, the redolent flavors of cheese, garlic and tomatoes in perfect proportion, and the magic of balsamic vinegar. But travelers to Italy on the upcoming GF Journeys trip to Tuscany, Parma and Rome won’t have to imagine Italy–they will experience it firsthand with an autumn tour personally led by both Gina DiPrima from Livermore and her Italian business partner.
Gina has been helping travelers with their perfect vacations from the time she was the tour operations manager for Italy for Backroads, an East Bay touring firm catering to active travelers, on to the present as the operator of Family Friendly Italy, and most recently GF Journeys. GF Journeys is a new venture. It is an outgrowth of ideas and tours from Family Friendly Italy; however, it specializes in travel services for the gluten-free traveler.
“Everything changed last year when one of my 5-year old twins was diagnosed with diabetes and celiac disease. Diabetes is additive to your lifestyle. You have to change, but little is deprived of you. But celiac disease is subtractive. There are now lots of things you can’t eat, and you have to be very careful of where you eat outside of your home. Consequently, travel becomes a lot more complicated and a little bit dangerous. Because some of the members in my East Bay celiac support group knew my background in travel they asked me to put together a list of safe places to eat for several different cities in Italy.” said Gina. To create the list she contacted business friends and associates in Italy, as well as diving deeply into the services of the Italian Celiac Association.