Gelato is by far one of the best desserts to come out of Italy. (I will fight anyone who disagrees FYI.) It’s rich, creamy, and the perfect treat for a hot summer day. I’ll be honest, I eat gelato all year round, so anytime is the ideal time for gelato. That being said, nothing beats the authentic creations found in Italy. You have to be careful because many shops take advantage of tourists and serve them fake gelato, thinking they won’t know the difference. However, travelers have wised up. Instead of trying to hunt for an authentic gelato shop, just add one of these ten places to your travel itinerary.
1. Gelateria Crispini in Spoleto
If you want to taste gelato from the winner of the 2017 Gelato World Tour head to Gelateria Crispini. The winning flavor was pistachio, made with three different Sicilian pistachios slow roasted for 24 hours.
2. Alberto Marchetti in Turin
When you want fresh ingredients, visit Alberto Marchetti, where everything is served with 24 hours of creation. The owner, Alberto Marchetti, grew up working in his family’s gelato shop. This is where he learned the importance of quality ingredients to create a product that is beyond words.
3. Vivoli in Florence
If you’re looking for a bit of history with your dessert, visit Vivoli, Florence’s oldest gelato shop. Open in 1929, visitors can treat themselves to a product that’s been around for almost 100 years.
4. La Gelateria della Musica in Milan
On your next visit to Milan, make time for dessert and a show. At La Gelateria della Musica, you can eat musically inspired flavors while enjoying some of Milan’s local artists. The company philosophy is to create a product, “That thanks to passion and tradition, just like a live concert, is never perfectly identical.”
5. Gelateria I Caruso in Rome
Gelateria I Caruso is one of the most popular sites for gelato in the city. Everything is created on-site while visitors watch the process from the windows. They have permanent flavors to choose from along with a range of seasonal flavors like pineapple and melon.
6. Gelato San Lorenzo in Rome
Gelato San Lorenzo is a more populated part of town compared to Gelateria, but the gelato is still top quality. They also set themselves apart with unique flavors such as pineapple rosemary and raspberry basil. If you’re in an adventurous mood, stop by.
7. Casa Infante in Naples
Ever wanted to eat gelato flavored with apricots from Mount Vesuvius? If so, book your trip to Naples immediately and visit Casa Infante. There you will find this one-of-kind gelato along with 40 other flavors. For those who can’t make it overseas, Casa Infante has an online shop you can explore instead.
8. Suso in Venice
If you love gelato but face a moral dilemma over dairy products, you can head right over to Suso. They offer vegan gelato along with vegan and gluten-free cones.
9. Festival del Gelato in Florence
Another vegan-friendly gelato shop, Festival del Gelato is a neon-colored extravaganza. If you’re traveling with children, this shop is the perfect place to visit. Your kids will be drawn in by the spectacle and overwhelmed by their flavor options.
10. LatteNeve in Milan
LatteNeve has only been around for about seven years, but they quickly set themselves apart from the competition. Their full organic menu includes flavors like coffee and cinnamon chocolate with red peppers. They also top off their creations with a dollop of whipped cream.
- La Gelateria Della Musica [La Gelateria Della Musica]
- Alberto Marchetti [Alberto Marchetti]
- Casa Infante [Casa Infante]
- Italy’s Best Gelato [CN Traveler]
- Gelato in Italy [Go Today]
- Feature Picture [Raw Pixel]