Gelato and Italy go hand in hand. I’m also pretty sure gelato and I go hand in hand, as I can’t seem to get enough of it when in Italy, but that’s another story. Needless to say, there is an endless amount of places to get gelato in Rome, all hoping to get your business. Some are chains, some are specialty shops, and, as with everything else, some are good and some…not so much. Although I can’t speak personally about all of these spots (shocker, I know), I spoke to some trusted tasters who have nothing but good things to say about these gelato shops in Rome.
Gelateria della Palma
Samantha says: This place was a happy little stumble-upon that made my day, and I knew it would be awesome from the crowd inside. It boasts 150 flavors of gelato that wrap around the inside of the shop! To find it, stand facing away from the Pantheon and take the little alley on the right ahead of you. It’ll be on your left, about a block down. Super easy to find and once you know where it is, you’ll be back for more and more!
Address: Via della Maddalena 19/23
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Brittany says: THE BEST! It’s a short walk from the Trevi Fountain. It’s right across the street from a beautiful church and it was featured in Eat Pray Love. Best gelato I had all through all of Italy! They don’t display it like the rest of the gelaterias; they store them in canisters with specific temperatures for each.
Address: Via Della Panetteria 42
Come Il Latte
Claire loved the old-fashioned vibe of this gelateria. Although she admits they were a little expensive (4 euros) she definitely got her money’s worth. Her waffle cone was first filled with some chocolate, then three scoops of gelato (lemon, strawberry, and pear caramel), topped with English cream, more chocolate, and a cookie. Yum!
Address: Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, 00187 Roma, Italy
Old Bridge Gelateria
This was my favourite in Rome. Located just outside Vatican City, it’s a favorite among tourists and locals, so be prepared for a bit of a line up. There are about 15 or so delicious flavors to choose from and the portions were massive. I ended up getting a fruity combo that definitely did not disappoint. It was the best thing in the world after climbing the crazy stairs to the dome in St. Peter’s Basilica, on a 30C+ sunny day, while I was hungover (oops!) thanks to a crazy party the night before.
Although none of my travel friends spoke up for these gelaterias, they have a pretty good rep among the gelato enthusiasts of the world: Gelateria Del Teatro, Giolitti, Fatamorgana, Gelateria Dei Gracchi, and Carapina.
Still searching for more? Try asking the staff at your Rome hotel, I bet they have some great suggestions! If you have a favourite, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
Psst: Looking for a great food tour in Rome (that obviously includes Gelato?) check out this Rome Food tour review by my friends at Turnipseed Travel.
Ps: If you are exploring more of Italy be sure to check out this post for recommendations on gelato in Cinque Terre.
First trip to Rome? Check out this helpful post about tipping in Rome.