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The best chocolate shops in Rome!

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The best chocolate shops in Rome!

There are those who do not like chocolate, as absurd as it may seem, but for lovers of this delight, today we are going to talk about the best chocolate shops in Rome. Do you know the history of chocolate? Shall we learn more? Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Chocolate is one of the most consumed sweets in the world and it is possible to find it in several forms: simple, with filling, mixed, melted, in bars, in chocolates, in desserts… There is a multitude of options for using chocolate in various recipes, and it is very versatile, we can even use it in savory recipes! Today we are going to talk a little about this wonder of the gods and then we will see what are the best chocolate shops in the eternal city, Rome. Also check out our section on Food in Italy!

1) The best chocolate shops in Rome! SAID

SAID – founded in 1923, the factory produces fine and delicious chocolates! It is one of the most famous factories in Rome and ALL the chocolates sold there are handcrafted. Factory tours need to be booked and booked over the phone (you can ask the hotel reception to make a reservation) and the tour offers a real immersion in the world of chocolate. There is also a bar there and is a great place for an aperitif. ATTENTION: the hours informed below are for the store and the bar; factory visits are usually offered during business hours.

  • Where is it: Via Tiburtina, 135 – Rome.
  • Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 12:30 am; Friday, from 10:00 am to 1:30 am; Saturday from 12:00 pm to 01:30 am and Sunday from 12:00 pm to midnight.

2) The best chocolate shops in Rome! TRAPPISTI CHOCOLATE

Trappist Chocolate – Another very traditional Roman chocolate factory. The chocolates here are also handcrafted and the family business is over 100 years old. It offers a great variety of chocolates and their specialty is chocolate with hazelnut. The store also sells wines, teas, jellies and liqueurs.

  • Where is it: Via Acque Salvie, 1 – Rome.
  • Hours: every day, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

3) The best chocolate shops in Rome! THE CHOCOLATE SHOP

La Bottega Del Cioccolato – commanded by the third generation of chocolaterie masters, the store has a unique elegance and, at the same time, simplicity! The store sells delicious chocolates, sweets and cookies, some chocolates have special shapes in the shape of Roman monuments. Cool!

  • Where is it: Via Leonina, 82 – Rome.
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; between the 8th of December and the 6th of January, it also opens on Sundays, according to the time previously informed; it is closed between July 1st and August 31st.

4) The best chocolate shops in Rome! ELTAR

Eltar – with excellence in the products offered, the store offers several options of chocolates in the most different formats, flavors, sizes and packaging. It offers great options for Easter and Christmas. It is also very traditional and worth a visit!

  • Where it is: Via del Forte Braschi, 81 – Rome
  • Hours: Monday, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm; from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

5) The best chocolate shops in Rome? GAY ODIN

Gay Odin – traditional Neapolitan artisanal chocolate factory, the store has an incredible branch in Rome. In addition to the chocolates that are true works of art, one of the flagships of the house is the delicious chocolate liqueur.

  • Where it is: Via Stoppani, 9 – Rome.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm; Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

6) The best chocolate shops in Rome! MARIONDO AND GARIGLIO

Moriondo e Gariglio – also produces its chocolates by hand and the packaging is beautiful! Founded in Turin, in 1850, they specialize in filled chocolates and one is more wonderful than the other!

  • Where it is: Via di Pie ‘di Marmo 21-22 – Rome.
  • Hours: every day, from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.

7) The best chocolate shops in Rome! LINDT

Lindt – it needs no comments! With delicious chocolates, Lindt is one of the world leaders in chocolate sales. With excellent products, it offers a huge variety of bonbons, truffles, bars and more.

  • Where it is: Via della Maddalena, 12 – Rome.
  • Hours: every day, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

8) The best chocolate shops in Rome! COLLEFIORITO

Collefiorito – opened since 1945, the store features amazing handmade chocolates! They also make special products for Easter and Christmas. It offers bonbons, bars, confetti and other incredible ideas made with chocolate. The products there come straight from the factory, which is next to the store.

  • Where it is: Via Filiberto Petiti, 1 – Rome.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm; Saturday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Tip

  • If you don’t have time to visit a chocolate store, but want to leave Italy with an authentic Italian chocolate, be sure to visit the supermarkets and take a look at the candy shelf! The chocolates are delicious and the prices are incredible!

About Chocolate

Chocolate is a food that comes from the seeds of the cocoa plant, Theobroma cacao L. and is widely spread and consumed worldwide. The scientific name of the cocoa bean, “Teobroma cacao” means “food of the gods” (it all makes sense now, doesn’t it? Lol). The origins of chocolate are very old and are associated with the period of the Mayan people, who, according to scholars on the subject, started to cultivate the cocoa plant. Also according to the researchers, who involved botanists, historians and other specialists, the cacao plant would have been present for more than 6,000 years in the Amazon.

How was chocalate served?

In ancient times, chocolate was considered the food of the privileged and the Mayans reserved its consumption only to the nobles of their people and to warriors. Obviously, chocolate did not have the shape we know today: it was served in the form of an infusion with hot water, at the time the properties of chocolate were not yet known, but the Mayans believed that the drink “calmed down” and ” renewed “the forces and the thoughts. The name chocolate also comes from this custom: hot = chacau and water = “haa”; that is: chacauhaa.

How did chocolate get to Europe?

The first name that most closely resembles the word chocolate that we know today comes from the Spanish chocolat. In Europe, chocolate arrived around 1500, taken by Cristopher Colombus. On their expedition through the Americas, they brought two seeds of the plant, but it was only in 1519, with Hernàn Cortéz, that the introduction of cocoa in Europe was widespread. During the 16th century, chocolate was made only in Spain, which significantly increased the cultivation of cocoa. Around 1600, chocolate became a real luxury, especially among European nobles, especially the Dutch; skilled navigators, they conquered the world control and the commercial dominance of the Spaniards.

Finally, in the 17th century, cocoa arrived in Italy, entering the Tuscan region thanks to the merchant Francesco d’Antonio Carletti. He sold the seeds promoting them as “the seeds of the Americas”. In 1606, chocolate began to be produced in Italy in the cities of Florence, Venice and Turin. The remains of the ancient link between Florence and chocolate can be found in some library collections at the National Central Library of Florence (Palatino), where there are numerous records about chocolate and its consumption.

Chocolate Combinations

There are countless combinations, as we mentioned at the beginning of the text, but the most “basic” types are as follows:

Milk chocolate

It consists of cocoa mass – in a concentration of less than 50% of the total recipe – butter, milk (which can be powdered or natural) and sugar. The color of the chocolate is light brown, has a creamy texture and a very sweet taste.

White chocolate

The chocolate of discord! Some say that it is not even chocolate, but, according to specialized organizations, IT IS! The difference is that it is not made with cocoa mass but with butter, so it does not have the characteristic color of milk chocolate. It also takes sugar and milk in its preparation, which increases its concentration of fat. The taste is milder than that of milk chocolate, but it can be more sugary since, since it does not have the cocoa mass, it does not have the fructose that helps to sweeten the final product, that is: without sugar it would be almost “Tasteless”.

Dark chocolate

It is the most varied chocolate in color and flavor, because everything depends on the concentration of cocoa mass in its recipe. The darker the dark chocolate, the less sweet it is! The concentration of the cocoa mass in these chocolates can be between 50 to 99%. They are very dark because they take little milk and even less sugar in their formulation and, therefore, it is the most “recommended” chocolate by doctors, as it is considered very healthy (of course if consumed in moderate amounts!). Bittersweet chocolates have a concentration of 50 to 75% of cocoa mass, and dark chocolates have a concentration of cocoa mass between 76 and 99%. It is one of the most used in Italian cuisine.

The Benefits of Chocolate

Furthermore, the benefits for the body and mind that chocolate has the power to provide are already more than known. Chocolate, in all its versions, has polyphenols and flavonoids, elements that have antioxidant properties, which cause benefits to the entire cardiovascular system, “clearing”, including, LDL (the cholesterol harmful to our health); it also has a mild anti-inflammatory power, reduces blood pressure, among other effects.

In the brain, chocolate can improve mood, since it contains tryptophan, which stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine, which can also contribute to the reduction of anxiety and depression. And, to close the list of great benefits, chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, which causes us a sense of pleasure and gives us mental energy. Without further ado, let’s visit the best chocolate shops in Rome right away.

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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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Conclusion

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