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Where to find The Best Gelato in Italy

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Last year, Prashanth and I visited the beautiful country of Italy and set ourselves to a grand task. To find the best Gelato! Me being the patron saint of all things sweet, couldn’t resist but lay my eyes on every Gelateria we would pass by. This noble mission took us across the canals of Venice, cobbled streets of Rome & Verona, quaint villages of Tuscany, the seaside town of Bardolino and ending with the city of Renaissance – Florence.

Bright and refreshing frutti di bosco. Simple, classic and creamy fior di latte or deep, bitter and rich cioccolato fondente. Nobody does it better than Italia when it comes to the art of making artisanal and authentic gelato.

Our two cents on identifying authentic Gelato

We went on a food tour organised by Eating Italy in Rome (blog post on this coming up soon!) and their insights helped us identify some of the most authentic Gelaterias in Italy. So here is what you should know.

a) If the colours are too bright and dynamic, that gelato ain’t right. The ultraviolet colours mean lots of chemicals were used in the process of making gelato. If you’ve tossed litchi or banana into a blender you would know they don’t come out bright pink and bright yellow.

b) Places that serve pretty looking, fluffy and puffy clouds of gelato need to be ignored. The fluffiness comes from artificial thickeners. Those huge mounds of gelato are basically factory produced where they’re making lots in advance and then reusing left overs each day. So much for freshness eh!

c) Definitely avoid Gelaterias marketing their ‘100’s’ of flavours of Gelato because artisanal gelatos are not made by the 100’s.

To help you navigate the seemingly endless options of cups, cones and flavours, we’ve picked out our favorite stores serving up delicious gelatos across Italy that are truly worth your euros (and room in your belly).
*Drum rolls*

Our Favourite – Gelateria La Carraia, Florence

La Carraia

Address: Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25-red, 50124 Firenze, Italy
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Giolitti, Rome

Giolitti

Address: Via Amerigo Vespucci, 35, 00153 Roma, Italy
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SuSo Gelatoteca, Venice

Gelatoteca SuSo

Address: Calle de la Bissa, 5453, 30124 San Marco, Venezia VE, Italy
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Bar Gelateria Cristallo, Bardolino

Cristallo Bar Gelateria

Address: Piazza S. Nicolo, 69, 37011 Bardolino VR, Italy

 

Gelateria Artigianale e Yogurteria WHY NOT?, Montalcino

Gelateria Artiginale e Yogurteria WHY NOT

Address: Costa Garibaldi, 7, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy

 

Gelateria La Romana, Verona

Gelateria La Romana

Address: Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 37122 Verona VR, Italy
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Gelateria Valentino, Rome

Gelateria Valentino

Address: Via del Lavatore, 96, 00187 Roma, Italy
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We hope this helps you, because let’s face it – life is too short to eat sh*t gelato.
Oh! and remember to ask for a double scoop 🙂

Ciao!

Don’t forget to hashtag #gallivantinggoals on your travel pictures – We’d love to see where you’re exploring!

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