Gelato: The 10 Best Scoops in Italy

This week’s post is all about gelato and my fondest memories eating the deliciously creamy famous Italian treat. If you’ve never experienced the magic of gelato or are always on the lookout for your next great scoop, now you’ll know exactly where to go to have one of the best possible experiences. 

 
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For me, the perfect gelato starts with a creamy scoop. Ideally flavoured with marsala - zabaione has been my favourite flavour since my teenage years. Second to taste, I am also quite partial to a pretty view and a handy step or bench where I can enjoy my gelato before it starts dripping down my hand in the Italian heat! With these things in mind, I did the tough research on this topic and came up with the following as my 10 best scoops in Italy!


Gelateria Mimmo, Tropea

Via Montevideo, 8, 89861 Tropea

This is a fun and friendly spot to grab a gelato. I think we visited at least twice every day when we were in Tropea! There is a very extensive selection of flavours on offer, although you can’t go wrong with the classic limone! Grab your cone and wander around until you find a bench with a view of the beach and Santa Maria dell-Isola.


Gelateria Santa Trinita, Florence

Piazza Frescobaldi, 11-12/r (Ponte Santa Trinita)

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Images: Marlene Lee

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This famous gelateria lives up to the hype. I think the Ricotta e Ficchi (Ricotta and fig) flavour might just be the best gelato I have ever tasted. Plus, you can sit on the Ponte Santa Trinita bridge whilst you enjoy your gelato and look at the view of the Ponte Vecchio. It is especially lovely at sunset.


I Vizi Degli Angeli, Matera

Via Domenico Ridola, 36, 75100 Matera

Try I Vizi Degli Angeli for classic favorites like pistachio and more adventurous options like mandarin and basil or even a pine nut flavour. Take a wander and enjoy your gelato from one of the terraces nearby with spectacular views of the Sassi.


Buca di Bacco, Positano

Via del Brigantino 35/37, 84017, Positano

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Right on the beach, this is the best place to grab a classic scoop of pistachio gelato that won’t melt before you get to the sand! As for the view, it’s Positano, so you can expect only the best.


Bacaro del Gelato, Venice

Fondamenta de la Misericordia, 2499, 30121

This tiny gelato bar in Cannaregio is located next to my favourite wine bar in Venice, Vino Vero. You must have a scoop of creamy zabaione gelato in a cone and then sit on the bridge outside and enjoy your gelato whilst you watch the world go by.


Gelateria Creperia Blu Marine, Ponza

Piazza Carlo Pisacane, 44, 04027 Ponza

This is absolutely my favourite spot for gelato in Ponza. Look for the yellow and white striped awning and you will have found gelato heaven. Not only does this look like a gelateria from a movie, but the creamy gelato is amazing too. The Nutella flavour is particularly good, and the view of the harbour is perfect.


Giolitti, Rome

Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 – Roma

 
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Elegant… old fashioned… and expensive! This has been the place to have a gelato experience in Rome since 1900. Conveniently, the Pantheon is right around the corner.


Lapillo Gelato, Stromboli

Via Roma, Stromboli

If you visit my favourite volcanic island, Stromboli, then be sure to stop by Lapillo Gelato for excellent artisan gelato. Lapillo features exciting flavours with a perfectly creamy texture, all made on the premises.


Gelateria Fiordilatte, Polignano A Mare

Via Cerere, 3, 70044 Polignano a Mare BA

 
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Grab a post-lunch gelato at Gelateria Fiordilatte and find yourself a shady step down a quiet lane where you can enjoy your creamy scoop in peace.


Café Sicilia, Noto

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 125, 96017 Noto SR, Italy

This spot is an institution and with good reason. Located in the centre of Noto, Caffe Sicilia has been the Assenza family business for four generations! The gelato is wonderful, and proof that you don’t need a huge selection of flavours to deliver a memorable scoop. Try the ricotta flavour and be tempted by one of their famous granitas too.


Is your mouth watering? Mine sure is! Gelato is obviously personal, so I’d love to know what your favourites are as well!