The Best Gelato I’ve Eaten in Italy

I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth, but when in Italy I just can’t resist their gelato.

I ate like a queen on my recent jaunt in Italy. I ate pasta, I ate pizza, I ate Florentine steak, I ate more pasta…and I tried lots of really good gelato. Everywhere you go you see mounds of Italian ice-cream in all different flavours and colours. Gelato tastes so much better than the ice-cream at home. It has that deliciously creamy taste, that intense flavour and that velvety soft, not-quite-frozen texture. But with a Gelateria on every street corner, it’s not always easy to know the best place to taste some gelato, so I’ve listed the best gelato I’ve eaten in Italy!

Gelato in Italy

Best Gelato in Rome

Il Gelato di San Crispino

Il Gelato di San Crispino is often considered to make the best gelato in Rome. I went to the branch near the Trevi Fountain and tried two flavours- the Ginger and Cinnamon and the “Il Gelato di San Crispino” flavour, which is honey flavoured! It contains “arbutus-berry” honey extracted from Sardinia in a W.W.F Reserve and it tastes absolutely delicious!

Il Gelato di San Crispino

Best Gelato in Florence


Grom has my favourite flavour gelato in the whole of Italy. The ‘Crema com Una Volta’ flavour is to die for! This is an egg flavoured cream gelato made with the best eggs, fresh cream and a small amount of grated lemon peel. Egg flavour is the way forward! I also had the ‘Crema di Grom’ made with egg cream, “meliga” biscuits and dark chocolate from Colombia.

Grom Florence Gelato in Italy


The other gelato I tried in Florence was at Vivoli.  I had the ‘Riso’ ice cream on recommendation from the American couple in front of me. Yes it had rice grains in it and kind of tasted like rice pudding! It was incredible. I almost opted for the weird-looking, grey sesame flavour, but instead I opted for the ‘Marengo’ flavour- that’s meringue to you and me. Have you ever made meringues? Before you bake them you have to whisk the egg whites until they have this glossy texture, and that was the exact texture of this ice cream! I was in heaven!  Here’s a picture of me with my friend Brent eating our ice creams outside Vivoli!

Gelato Vivoli Florence

 So there you have it, the best gelato in Italy in my opinion. What’s the best gelato you’ve tried in Italy and where was it?

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Turner
    Posted at 09:32h, 10 October Reply

    Wow. Makes me really want some gelato right now, especially with that stud in the photo. MeYow.

  • Iga
    Posted at 14:41h, 27 November Reply


    Im planning to visit Rome this weekend, would you have any usefull tips for me and my boyfriend?

  • Live Salerno
    Posted at 14:48h, 12 September Reply

    We wait for you in Salerno (South of Italy), it is really worth a visit. And here you can eat the best gelato ever! 🙂

    Good luck with everything!

  • Jana
    Posted at 10:56h, 13 July Reply

    mh…. Italian gelato is the best! Next month we will start our tuscany holiday and I happily looking forward to this delicious gelato! 🙂

  • Laura @ Touramisu
    Posted at 16:48h, 24 November Reply

    Your picks are spot on, Victoria!

    At San Crispino in Rome, they use only top-notch, all-natural ingredients from Italy. That’s why their gelato tastes so amazing! Their zabaione gelato, for example, is made with De Bartoli Marsala that’s been aged for 20 years. Likewise, their licorice flavor is made with licorice root from Calabria, lemon with IGP lemons from the Amalfi Coast, and pistachio with pistachio nuts that come from the town of Bronte in Sicily. In a city chockablock with gelaterias, it’s authentic high-quality ingredients like these, along with the absence of artificial colorings, preservatives, and chemical emulsifiers, that really set them apart.

    We’re such huge fans of their signature flavor (with bitter honey from Sardinia) we’ve included it on our self-guided food tour of Rome’s Centro Storico.

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