Four Top Spots For An Ice Cream

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ll know that ice cream is King of the street foods. It’s richer, the texture is smoother, the flavor selection is immense. Much wants more and it’s addictive stuff. When you’re in cities like Florence and Rome, you’ll find gelaterias are on every street corner. For example, when searching for “gelateria,” Google Maps returns a scatterplot of results just from the Collessuem to the Vatican.  So where to go? You only have so many euros and so much appetite for ice cream so don’t waste time on a bad experience,  when there are delectable treasures just around the corner. Here are a few tips,  about where to try out in Rome;  combine touring and tummy plans!


Because gelato is a subtractive process rather than an additive one, flavors like cherry are more intense than others. And whipped cream (“panna”) is not sweetened with sugar. Keep that in mind, because you may not like it.

Trevois Fountain: San Crispino Gelateria Via della Panetteria 42

San Crispino store their delectables in stainless steel bins and only serve you the gelato in a dish so the flavour of the cone doesn’t  interfere with the taste of the ice cream. Try the crema with honey and you won’t leave disappointed.

The Pantheon: Giolitti Gelateria Via Uffici del Vicario 40

Giolitti is one of the longest standing gelaterias in Rome when first it began in 1890 as a milk distribution company. With recipes over 50 years old, your mouth is bound for a history lesson in flavour as you experience the historical Pantheon. If you need a flavor suggestion Pope John Paul II would highly recommend the crema marrone (chestnut) flavour, apparently a personal favorite.

The Colessium: Flor Artisanal Gelateria

Artisanal Gelateria is a newcomer on the block.The gelato is made fresh on-site, which could separate it from its nearest competitors.

The Vatican: Old Bridge Gelateria  5 Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo

A personal favorite, Old Bridge Gelateria offers grea value. With prices starting at “un euro y etto,” (1.5eu) your larger portions will definitely last the walk all the way to St. Peter’s Square.

Wherever The Locals Recommend

If you are overwhelmed with the choice, take note of what local people go for, and follow suit. It’s a good way to make decision so don’t be afraid to ask the local experts.

Thanks Nate Schrader, writer for on anything from money saving travel tips to the travel adapter for your next trip to Italy… or even Europe in general!