Find the best Gelato in Rome!

Forget your e-number filled pink bubblegum, cookie dough and strawberry cheesecake, modern day, over-the-top ice cream is put to shame when it goes head to head with gelato, Italy´s lighter, fluffier, melt in the mouth ice cream, made by those who have spent hours concocting simple, but perfect recipes, whose traditional styles of making ice cream have been passed down from generation to generation…

Indulge in a magical mystery tour of Rome´s most celebrated ice cream parlours and marvel at the variety of gelato you are going to encounter in Rome…
Hitting the ice cream parlour is a must for many tourists after dumping their luggage in a beautiful Rome apartment when first landing in Rome. Luckily, you don´t have to wonder far from your Rome accommodation to find a picturesque piazza, bound to provide at least one ice cream parlour, with adults and children alike, buzzing around the counters of gelato.

Il Gelato di San Crispino (Via Della Panetteria 54, near the Trevi Fountain), is said to serve the best Gelato in Rome. Although the ice cream served there isn´t very extravagant, (they don´t believe in serving ice cream with cones for example), the ice cream is of the highest standard, as the ice cream makers believe that pure ice cream served in a simple pot with a spoon is the best way to maintain the flavour. The two brothers who founded the shop are said to make the ice cream with with free range eggs and 20 year old Marsala and their most celebrated flavours are Pistachio, Chocolate with liqueur, and Zabaione…

One of the most popular and traditional ice cream parlours; Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi, west of the main train station on Via Principe Eugenio is said to be the oldest and largest ice-cream parlour in Italy. The Fassi business dates back to 1880, when it started as a commercial premises authorized to sell and serve beer. Now however, the shop has a nostalgic air of 1930s glamour, with newspaper clippings, a big cooler and vintage parlour chairs. Certainly a must see on the Italian ice cream authenticity tour. Close to the parlour you will find lots of Rome hotels, which is useful as it isn´t far from the main train station.

Fonte della Salute Viale Trastevere 06/5897471 serves about 50 flavors, as well as a wide variety of frozen yogurt. Its location on the corner of Viale Trastevere provides a seating area that most gelaterias don’t offer.

Della Palma (Via della Maddalena 20/23) is close to the Pantheon on a street just north of the Piazza della Rotonda. It serves 100 flavors of gelato.

Remeria Monteforte (Via della Rotonda 22 near the Pantheon), has won several awards for its flavors. Try its chocolate sorbetto – an icier version of the gelato.

Al Settimo Gelo(Via Vodice 21 in Prati), is praised for its traditional flavors and exciting concoctions.

Did you Know?
In 2004 the world’s most expensive ice cream was sold for a whopping $1,000, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Manhattan restaurant Serendipity. the ice cream included; 5 scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, covered in 23K edible gold leaf, drizzled with the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, from cocoa beans harvested on Venezuela’s coast. Suffused with candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries, topped with an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, sweetened with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac.

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