Catalin Varela


Catalin Varela is an American expat based in Florence. She has been a freelance writer for many different  publications and now primarily writes about Italian culture, cuisine, and her experiences living abroad. Catalin is a proud celiac, which is what inspired her move to Italy! As the founder of The Celiac in Italy, she teaches online Italian cooking classes (all gluten free, of course!), consults with clients about traveling safely in Italy as a celiac, and is an English + Italian-speaking resource for all things gluten free Italy.

Articles by catavarela

Tue, 03/29/2022 - 02:20
Children in Italy are tested for celiac disease by the age of six. You read that correctly. For us celiacs, growing up in a country with such an inf…