I decided to dedicate this post to one of my truly deepest loves; gelato. That soft and sweet ice treat should never be confused or compared with American ice cream. I wouldn’t say that is better or worse than ice cream as we know it in America but yeah, is different. If you ask me, I would say that my favorite thing in the whole world is having good gelato in Italy.
After spending two weeks in Italy in the Summer of 2016 (for my birthday, yay!) following my Italian volleyball guide, I must admit that I ate too much gelato. I took so many gelato pictures and decided to compile some of the best gelato in Italy I tried during my time there just to make a little honor to that love in my life.
Luckily, while I was thinking about writing this post, Natasha from The Boho Chica posted some of her experiences at the Gelato University in Italy as well. Her post inspired me to take a look at my own gelato experiences.
How do I like to eat my gelato in Italy?
I might ask for something with at least three different flavors or as they would call it, gusti. Some of the flavors I would choose from are Bacio, Straciatella, Nutella, Kinder, Rocher, or maybe some other creative flavor that makes a click on me. For me, the best gelato in Italy has some panna or as we would call it in America: whipped cream!
Best Gelato in Italy: Gelato in Rome
This was the first gelato I had in Rome. Right next to the door of my hostel, which I must say is the best place to stay in Rome, there was this small gelateria and I wanted some. This was only one flavor: Nutella. I must say it wasn’t my favorite gelato in Italy.
I was lucky enough that a friend took me to this gelato in Rome close to Tiburtina Train Station. The flavors I had were Nutella and Tiramisu and also Nutella on top of the whipped cream. The texture of this gelato was one of my favorites. I must confess I still have some trouble eating from cones. That’s the reason why you will see here more bowls than cones, even if it’s a lot more common to eat gelato in Italy with cones.
Wonderful is located in Via Nazionale, a pretty close walk from Piazza della Repubblica or la Fontana di Trevi (I would say halfway both!) First time I went I was introduced by a friend. Normally when I go there I would mix some Baci Perugina, Tiramisu, and Nutella Cream. I must say this is my favorite gelato in Italy ever!
Best Gelato in Italy: Gelato in Perugia
This gelato in Perugia, the town of the Eurochocolate, is from an amazing gelateria called Lick. I was luckily introduced to this gelato by my Italian college professor (because, how many chances there are that you actually get to meet your Italian professor from Miami in a random street in Perugia?) and I couldn’t get enough. Their flavors are more on the creative side. I tried Gorgonzola cheese mixed with honey and nuts flavor. That is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tried. They tend to change their menu with some flavors of the day which makes it even more interesting. Some other flavors you might find there are Lemon Basil and Pear with Chocolate Chips.
Gambrinus was another gelato in Perugia I actually got to love. Over there, I tend to have Straciatella, Baci, and Ferrero Rocher flavors. They definitely have some of the classic flavors and some others. I discovered that Gambrinus is one of the best gelaterias in Italy. I was lucky to try this one, which is definitely a fantastic gelato in Italy.
This was not exactly my favorite gelato in Perugia. I mean, I totally love gelato but this one did not exceed my expectations. You can find it at Gelateria Veneta and definitely, I would say is something you need to try, but you can actually find better gelato for less in Perugia and way better gelato in Italy.
Best Gelato in Italy: Gelato from Palermo
I found an amazing gelateria in Palermo called La Kala that I loved. It is curious that gelato in Palermo is preferred to be eaten inside a brioche. Once again, I had Bacio, Nutella, and maybe some Kinder. Definitely, it was a pretty good gelato in Italy
Oh, and there you can see some Straciatella as well!
My last gelato in Palermo!
Other Gelato in Italy to try
There are other gelatos in Italy that are worth trying even though I have not been there yet. One of them is from Gelateria dei Neri in Florence (which I tried but I don’t have any pictures) and the one from Gelateria Dondoli in San Gimignano, which is considered the best gelato in Italy and also, has won several prizes that vouch for that. Definitely visiting Italy, for anyone, should be making their own list of the best gelato in Italy. Are you planning to visit Italy soon? Make your list on the main cities to visit and start trying the best gelato around.
From where has been your favorite gelato in Italy? Which is your favorite flavor?