Posted by Kirstie
Last week I was lucky enough to head back to one of my favourite cities of all time. For four glorious days I soaked up the sun and the culture in Rome, and had one too many ice creams, or gelatos, along the way. With temperatures nearing 40 degrees, over-indulging in these delicious treats was perfectly justified! There are an abundance of gelaterie near all of the major attractions in the city that vary greatly, both in price range and in the special flavours they offer. I’ve picked my top three gelatos that I discovered during my short break in Rome – believe me, there were many more to choose from!
Pistacchio e Cioccolato at Giolotti (Pistachio and Chocolate)
Via Uffici del Viccario, 40 – near the Pantheon
Often voted the best gelato by locals, Giolotti is an historic gelaterie located a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and has been in operation since 1900. This was the first ice cream I ate when I arrived in Rome with my friends last week. I opted for a delicious Pistachio and Chocolate combination topped with the lightest whipped cream. There are a huge range of flavours to try, including crema marrone (chestnut), which is rumoured to be the favourite of Pope John Paul II.
Noce di Cocco e Ananas at Fior di Luna (Coconut and Pineapple)
Via della Lungaretta, 96 – Trastevere
A short tram ride across the Tiber, the Trastevere region is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, with a myriad of bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the cobbled streets. After leaving our hotel near Termini, and travelling across the city for a night of fun and frolics, my friends and I cooled down with yet another gelato at Fior di Luna. This artisinal gelaterie is increasingly popular as it relies on organic and fair-trade, seasonal ingredients. As we were about to indulge in a cocktail or two, I opted for two scoops of coconut and pineapple flavoured gelato, for a delicious ice cream with a pina colada twist!
Sorbetto al Limone e Fragola at Grom, Piazza Navona (Lemon and Strawberry Sorbet)
Via Agonale, 1 – Piazza Navona
This was the last gelaterie that I visited during my short break. Located on the northern edge of the beautiful Piazza Navona, this branch of Grom is part of an ever-growing international chain of stores that originated in Turin. Having acquired something of a cult status, the Grom stores are usually very busy, so I was lucky to be served within a few minutes when I visited the store last Monday after a very hot morning spent strolling around taking endless photographs. Feeling a tad overcooked, I opted for two scoops of sorbetti as the ultimate refreshing treat, in yummy lemon and strawberry flavours.
After heading back to a rainy UK last Monday evening I’m missing the sunshine already. I guess the half-eaten tub of Ben and Jerry’s in my freezer will have to satisfy my gelato cravings until the next time I can fly off to the continent!
Have you discovered any special gelaterie in Rome?