With Italy being the birthplace of gelato, it only seems appropriate to take you on an all-access tour of the best gelaterias in Italy. So pull up your bootstraps and get your passports ready, because we’re going international baby!
Please note, GROM is not on the list because everyone knows about them. If you don’t know about them, then I don’t know what to say.
Gelateria dei Neri (Florence, Italy)
Depending on whom you ask, Gelateria dei Neri is arguably the best gelato in Florence. This small shop is located near the Galileo Museum, making it a wonderful treat after a cultured-filled day. It boasts an unassuming arched entrance on the outside, while inside, they are serving up huge varieties of flavors. Here is where you’ll find unique taste profiles like rice, cassata, and Mexican chocolate.
Their claim to fame: The often-touted friendly service.
Vivoli (Florence, Italy)
Located off the beaten path, this little shop may be hard to find but is well worth the search! If you’re lucky enough to find your way into this gelateria, you’ll notice a selection of classic, staple gelato flavors. All are rich in flavor and creamy in texture.
Their claim to fame: It’s where the locals go.
Cioccolati Italiani (Milan, Italy)
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At Cioccolati Italiani, you’ll find modern décor, long lines, and a number ticketing system. Once your number is called, you’ll be prompted to order your gelato flavor as well as your topping options. Whipped cream, cherries, chocolate, or meringue – the choice is yours!
Their claim to fame: Chocolate filled cones.
Giolitti (Rome, Italy)
What’s better than a yummy treat after a tour of the Pantheon? A delicious gelato cone in your favorite flavor! Giolitti is conveniently located within walking distance from the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, nestled on a small street. They feature a wide variety of flavors and fast moving lines.
Their claim to fame: Huge assortment of non-gelato products (baked goods, candy, and granita).
La Boutique del Gelato (Venice, Italy)
Situated closely to Piazza San Marco, this highly recommended artisanal gelateria feature a limited selection of flavors. But the flavors they do offer, boast rich and smooth taste profiles.
Their claim to fame: Fresh, real, and quality ingredients.
Caffe al Ciclope (Sicily, Italy)
Sicily is the place of origin when it comes to gelato so it’s best to pay homage at Caffe al Ciclope in Sicily! Located in the heart of Pachino, this little shop is perfect if you’re looking for good coffee, yummy baked goods, and of course – delicious gelato.
Their claim to fame: A tantalizing tiramisu gelato
What Italian gelato shops do you recommend in Italy? Let us know in the comments below.