I wanted to post this in the regional forums but there was not a thread for Italy, so I hope it's OK here!
I'm going to Rome and Florence for vacation for 10 days and just now realized it's coming up in a few weeks and I am hardly prepared. I am concerned about food, obviously, because I know Italians LOVE cheese, milk and meat.
Fortunately, I speak Italian...enough to explain dietary preferences, order train tickets, barter while shopping, etc. I was just wondering if anyone has been to Rome and had no problems maintaining a vegan diet? I'm concerned about hidden ingredients, especially (eggs in pasta, bread, etc.).
If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it! Even if you haven't been to Rome/Florence specifically and just want to share your experiences in terms of vegan eating in a foreign country, it might help lessen my anxiety a little. I have no concerns about the usual things that most tourists would worry about in Rome (like language/culture barriers or getting pick-pocketed!) yet I am slightly concerned about the food issue. If I have to live on fruit and bread for 10 days, so be it, but I certainly hope I can experience life to the fullest as best I can while I am there.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!