The best gelaterias in the main cities of Italy?
Italian gelato was born in Florence. The first records come from the 1st century, when the Roman emperor Nero ordered to bring snow from the mountains so that he could mix it with fresh fruit, however it was at Maria of Medice’s wedding party, after the 16th century that Italian gelato was recognized as… GELATO! But after all, let’s find out the best gelaterias in the main cities in Italy? We have prepared a complete list with gelaterias and their addresses, no mistake, just follow our tips to experience the best of beautiful Italy! Also read our Special Post What are the five best gelaterias in Italy? 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!”
What is the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream? Before starting our Post let’s understand a little the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream. We have differences precisely in the preparation of this delicacy! Let’s understand now!
A little about Gelato
The word gelato is wrongly translated as ice cream. Let’s make it clear: the authentic gelato is basically made from type-A milk, sugar and the flavor. Water is also used, so that it can freeze. In fact, what gives gelato its unique texture is the water-to-sugar ratio. Some flavors take honey, which completely changes the freezing point of the dough.
Another important factor is air: the product passes through a machine that adds oxygen particles so that it becomes creamy, in the most artisanal gelaterias, the process is manual. Temperature is another secret: it has to be served between -12 ° C and – 14 ° C, because a gelato with very low temperatures can “shock” the taste buds and the gelato can lose its taste, that is, the gelato is never in fact, frozen.
- TIP: “cono” is cone and “coppetta”, cup!
A little about Ice Cream
The ice cream is made with sugar, milk, artificial flavorings and powdered egg, in addition to fat (some brands use hydrogenated fat, which makes the dough more consistent), and the ice cream is stored at another temperature: between – 20 ° C and -25 ° C which makes it more ‘hard’, as the process freezes it! The ‘watery’ taste often comes from the amount of water used in its manufacture: much less milk is used and this ends up compromising the creaminess of the final product. Nowadays there are already several gelaterias out of Italy that use the classic Italian recipe and present different flavors. Gelato is taken so seriously in Italy that a gelato university was created in Bologna! Is it passion or not?
1) The best gelaterias in the main cities of Italy? IN ROME
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in Rome, just click on each sub-title to get to know each gelateria.
The gelateria has been in operation since 1900! It is one of the oldest in the city and considered the best gelateria in Rome. One of the most popular flavors is (delicious!) pear gelato! In addition to ice cream, the place serves wonderful sweets and popsicles. The visit is VERY worth it!
Where is it? Via Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00144 Rome, Italy (in Rome Baroque zone, near the Trevi Fountain, Piazza España, etc.).
Another traditional gelateria in the Italian capital that has been operating for 25 years and is close to the Pantheon. There are two spectacular flavors: coffee gelato and San Crispino, which is cream with a touch of honey. One of the most requested ‘different’ flavors of the house is pomegranate gelato! (not always available, as they use seasonal fruits!).
- Where is it? San Crispino al Pantheon, Piazza della Maddalena, 3, (in Rome Baroque zone, near the Trevi Fountain, Piazza España, etc.).
Another famous and historic gelateria in Rome (opened since 1880!) is Fassi. Still with family management, it is one of the most renowned gelaterias in the eternal city. It is huge and has several flavors. Be sure to try, in addition to the gelato, the Tiramissù! It is dreamy!
- Where is it? Via Principe Eugenio, 65 (close to Termini station).
2) The best gelaterias in the main cities in Italy? IN NAPLES
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in Naples, just click on each sub-title to get to know each gelateria.
The best of the best gelaterias in Naples! A visit here is essential for anyone who wants to taste authentic Italian gelato! The most requested flavor is pistachio, but chocolate leaves nothing to be desired! Inaugurated in the 1940s, it presents the gelato in a beautiful way in its showcase and it enchants by the colors!
- Where is it? Via Repubbliche Marinare, 67.
The creaminess and flavor of the gelatos in this pastry is impressive! With 40 years of history, it is one of the best gelaterias in Naples and one of the most requested flavors is chocolate. The syrup is also handmade and, once on ice cream, it ends up being an irresistible glutton’s sin! Enjoy and taste the sweets too, one is better than the other!
- Where is it? Via Giosuè Carducci, 45.
One of the ‘youngest’ in Naples, but which has already joined the list of the best! The gelateria is already enchanting for its decoration: confections and other toppings confuse when assembling the gelato of dreams. With beautiful presentations and exciting flavors, one of the most delicious is the red fruit gelato, it has an incomparable taste!
- Where is it? Via Toledo, 381, Napoli.
3) The best gelaterias in the main cities of Italy? IN FLORENCE
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in Florence, just click on each sub-title to know each gelateria.
The oldest gelateria in the city is considered the best in Florence. In operation since 1930 it is familiar and very traditional! With several flavors, one of the most different is the orange cream which is refreshing, light and with an impressive taste!
- Where is it? Via Dell’Isola delle Stinche, 7r.
La Strega Nocciola
Next to the Cathedral of Florence it is one of the most frequented in the city, also because of its excellent location (there are also other units in Florence: near Vecchio Bridge and another in Soffiano, in addition to a branch in Rome). The most requested flavors are those of fruit, which seem to have been made with only the sweetest fruits in the world! A stop over there is VERY worth it!
- Where is it? Via Ricasoli, 16.
Gelateria Santa Trinità
Opened in 2008, it is one of the “youngest” in the city. Despite the ‘young age’, it is considered one of the best in Florence. The most sought after flavor is hazelnut: the velvety gelato seems to embrace our palate and has an unforgettable taste!
- Where is it? Piazza Frescobaldi, 11-12 / r (Ponte Santa Trinita).
4) The best gelaterias in the main cities of Italy? IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in San Gimignano, just click on each sub-title to get to know each gelateria.
It won the award for best gelateria in the world in 2018! Creamy, tasty and unique, the gelato from Dondoli is the best in the world and, when we try it, we understand why this choice! Sergio Dondoli, the owner of the gelateria, innovates and creates super different flavors like Crema de Santa Fina, which is made with saffron and nuts, Champelmo, delicious, made from pink grapefruit with sparkling wine, Dolcemaro which is made from herbal cream and a peculiar medium of gorgonzola with nuts, named Vernaccia. Everyone is multi-prized and it’s hard not to want to venture into new flavors. Get to know that the place has constant lines, but every minute of waiting is worth it!
- Where is it? Piazza della Cisterna, 4, San Gimignano.
It has also received several awards and has already been elected the best gelateria in the world, a title they still bear today on the store’s facade. One of the most famous and sought-after flavors is Crema Caramellata which consists of a creamy mass of cream with pieces (huge and delicious!) of caramel. It’s from another world!
- Where is it? Piazza della Cisterna, 34.
It is part of a wine cellar and has been in operation since 1924. Managed by the founders’ grandchildren, it has a showcase filled with beautiful and delicious gelato. Be sure to try the local cookies: very delicious!
- Where is it? Via San Giovanni 124.
5) The best gelaterias in the main cities in Italy? IN VENICE
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in Venice, just click on each sub-title to get to know each gelateria.
Everything done there is handmade! The gelatos are a show apart and the flavors are WONDERFUL! One of the most popular is Manet, which is made of gianduia chocolate and salted pistachio. The mixture of flavors is accurate! Modern, beautiful and elegant environment. It deserves a visit!
- Where is it? Calle della Bissa, San Marco, Venezia.
Gelato di Natura
One of the most famous gelaterias in Venice was opened in 1982 and the ice cream has a very special texture! The most sought-after are fruit flavors, but a flavor worth mentioning is Vanilla: a velvety cream that melts in your mouth! Try it!
- Where is it? Via G. Rossa 2, 30037 Scorzè (VE).
Gelateria Mela Verde
The gelateria gathered tradition and modernity: a young, cheerful and welcoming atmosphere and totally handmade gelato. One of the highlights of the house is the namesake of the gelateria: the green apple gelato! It’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted in life, rest assured! The sweet and sour of the green apple seem to have been born for each other!
- Where is it? Castello 4977.
6) The best gelaterias in the main cities in Italy? IN MILAN
Let’s go to our list of gelaterias in Milan, just click on each sub-title to get to know each gelateria.
When we talk about gelato in Milan, we are talking about the fantastic Gusto 17! The flagship is the gelatos with seasonal fruits: they are AWESOME!
- Where is it? via Savona, 17 Milano.
Il massimo del gelato
Creaminess, taste and variety, you will find it all in this gelateria full of charm and options. In the heart of Milan, the specialty of the house is chocolate gelato, there are more than 10 varieties of chocolate gelato: milk, bitter, giunduia, with orange, candied fruit, among others.
- Where is it? Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18
The house goes further and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, the king of our post: gelato! The house specialty is gelato with yogurt and seasonal fruits. How about a lunch and, as a dessert, one or two beautiful gelato balls? Get the tip!
- Where is it? Via Turati, 30 MILANO.
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The best gelaterias in the main cities of Italy? You will hardly ever go back for ice cream once you have tried a gelato, anyway, as we said before, if the desire and longing for Italian gelato comes like a hurricane, don’t worry: there are already several gelaterias out of Italy that leave nothing to be desired for those in the boot country!
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