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Please Your Palate with Some of Rome's Best Gelato



Have you died and gone to gelato heaven? Not until you've check out 10Best's rundown of the best gelaterie in Rome, you haven't! From the classics to exotic flavors you never thought you'd try, don't leave home without this list. You'll thank us for it!

What tourists love so much about gelato when they come to Italy is how good and fresh it takes. That's because unlike American ice cream, gelato is made with fresh fruits and other ingredients and most often without any added preservatives. When it comes to finding good gelato, you don't have to look very far. Luckily for visitors, Rome has a growing surplus of spots featuring this mouth-watering, tasty treat.  

 Locals themselves can't get enough of the city's excellent options, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular places like Giolitti or San Crispino, both national landmarks when running in gelato circles. The great thing about gelato is that it doesn't make you feel heavy or weigh you down after eating it. That's because it's not as hyper-caloric as traditional American ice cream is.

Once you try some really good gelato, you'll realize it makes a great afternoon snack or even an after-dinner treat. It doesn't have the summer time, in order for you to enjoy some of this delicious Roman gelato. The delightful snack is also just as good in the winter. So what are you waiting for? You need to get in on this gelato action!


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After you're done visiting the Vatican Museums, make sure to make a pit stop nat the nearby Millennium Gelateria. The Italian ice cream shop is a family run by husband and wife Nicola and Carla since it first opened in 2000 (hence, the name). Since it's opening, it fast became a punto di ritrovo (gathering place) for locals in the area and local parishioners after attending Sunday Mass at the church just across the street. The shop features over 48 flavors to choose from, including the famous cioccolato con peperoncino for those looking to add a little spice to their life! BUS: 492. METRO: Cipro

Local Expert tip: For those who are lactose intollerant, try one of Millennium's gelato di soia, which is made entirely from soy milk!

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Visiting the Vatican Museums and not making a top at Old Bridge gelateria is like breaking one of the ten commandments here in Rome. That's because the gelato here, is that good. At all hours of the day, you will see hoards of tourists schlepping off their tour buses to grab a cone of gelato at Old Bridge. The downside is there's no place to sit. The place is literally composed of a pick-up counter where you order and go. Though on a positive note at least the area is scenic. You have both St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums just a stone's throw away. We all know that there's nothing like gelato to accompany you on the walk to some of Rome's magnificent places! BUS: 492. METRO: Ottaviano

Local Expert tip: Some of the must-try flavors are banana and bacio (made with nutella). What's also great about Old Bridge is that it's open until 2am.

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When you try the gelato at Fata Morgana, you'll have officially died and gone to gelato heaven. The gelato here is that good. Molto buono. While the gelateria also caters to classic flavors such as chocolate, pistacchio and cream, their true show-stoppers are their exotic flavors. Among the most exotic is the mojito mint and lime, rice pudding, Kentucky tobacco-flavored chocolate and blueberry cheesecake. BUS: 80, 310, 38

Local Expert tip: After you've helped yourself out to a hearty cone, walk on over to the park across the way and 'park' youself on a bench. There's nothing like relaxing while taking in thos delicious flavors!

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This gelateria is daring customers to take their palates where they've never gone before. Il Gelato can be found near the Ara Pacis Museum and Piazza Augusto Imperatore. What makes this gelateria so unique? It has over 100 flavors to choose from including 20 different variations of chocolate, brie, ginger and ricotta. Yum. Naturally, they also have traditional flavors like cream, pistachio and regular chocolate. But with tantalizing options like these, why wouldn't you step out of your comfort zone and try one of their exotic, unique flavors? METRO: Spagna

Local Expert tip: Inquire about their evening aperi-gelato events where they pair up 'salty' gelato flavors such as gorgonzola with slices of prosciutto. You can sample these along with a drink just like at other aperitivo places. Only better.

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Ciuri Ciuri


When Ciuri Ciuri, the Sicilian pasticceria and gelateria opened in Rome in 2007, it's been winning people's hearts stomachs over time and time again. When people step foot into this locale in Monti, they ofte scratch their heads when deciding exactly what they should get because everything is just that good! Trust us! If one thing's for sure, Ciuri Ciuri, is the ideal stop for a quick snack on the go in between all of your sight seeing. It features some of the best marzipan cookies, chocolate from Modica and yes, gelato! Don't forget to also try some of their famous Sicilian granita. Almond, coffee, melon and peach are all popular granita flavors! METRO: Cavour

Local Expert tip: For those looking to add a little salt to your sweet tooth, in the early afternoons, make sure to grab one of Ciuri Ciuri's delicious arancini (fried rice balls made with tomato sauce and mozzarella)!

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When it comes to great gelato, San Crispino sets itself apart from the other wanna-bees in Rome. This gelato is considered to be one of the top gelaterie in all of Rome both my locals and tourists. The orginal gelato shop first opened near the Trevi Fountain. But now there are a total of 5 locations around the Eternal City including the San Giovanni area, the Pantheon, the Roma Est Mall and even Fiumicino Airport. Their signature flavor is a basic Italian crema made with wild Sardinian honey. Other flavors include cinnamon and ginger, and a range of pure fruit sorbets, all made without preservatives. Metro: Barberini.

Local Expert tip: Walk on over to the lovely Fontana di Trevi and enjoy your cup of gelato there. San Crispino doesn't do cones, therefore you'll have to settle for a cup instead!

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Located in the cuore of old Rome just up the street from Piazza Navona is one of the best gelaterie around town. Frigidarium is nothing but table-top counter with some 20-odd flavors to choose from. But boy, oh boy, is it sooooo good! The gelateria has been around for more than 15 years in this neighborhood and a lifesaver to parents looking to brighten their children's day. Some favorite flavors at Frigidarium are pistchacchio, zuppa inglese and cioccolato con arancio. Frigidarium can also whip a good milkshake (frappe). BUS: 40, 46, 64.

Local Expert tip: If you get a cone, make sure to ask them to dip it in chocolate. After they've dipped your ice cream cone in chocolate, the syryp hardens forming a hard chocolate shell around your gelato. Divine!

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Gelateria Della Palma


At first glance, Gelateria della Palma resembles a 50's American Diner or Soda Shop. But once you step inside, you'll know this place means business. The café is an obvious stop for tourists and passer-bys as it's situated on a street with heavy foot traffic. The decor of this gelateris is bright and colorful and so are the flavors of their gelato. Though, it's probably best to stick to the classics here. This gelateria does chocolate like no other place in Rome. They have at least 20 different types of chocolate alone. BUS: 40, 64, 46.

Local Expert tip: If you don't feel like waiting a long time for your gelato. Hop on over to the counter where the fruity-flavored gelato is. There's usually less of a wait there.

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Gelateria Giolitti


This place is always packed, no matter what time of the day or what season of the year it is. You'll always see a line of crowds waiting to get their hands on a cone of Giolitt's delicious gelato. The Giolitti gelateria first started out as a creamery in 1890 when the family wanted to sell milk from their Roman pastures. Within a few years the family opened up their gelateria mothership on Via degli Uffici del Vicario, and soon it became the It-girl on the gelato scene in Rome. Today, the gelateria continues to be a landmark for both Romans and tourists. A small cone here is a bit higher than most places (€2,50), but that's what you get when you pay for the name and the fame of a place! Bus: 116.

Local Expert tip: Make sure to try one of their granitas made with fresh fruit and/or coffee. One of the best is made with figs. Yum!

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When it comes to eating good gelato and taking in the scenery, Tre Scalini does a pretty good job at making pleasing their customers. Tre Scalini is actually a restaurat café located in Piazza Navona, but it has made a name for itself in the gelato world since opening in the late 19th century. Aside from gelato, which you can get many good places in Rome, what can't find in Rome too often is good tartufo. Tartufo is an Italian specialty dessert typical in the Southern region of Italy mafe with rich, creamy ice cream drenched in chocolate or coffee. BUS: 492, 30, 70.

Local Expert tip: It's best to order your cone on the go, as sitting down at this restaurant will cost you much more than what the gelato is worth!

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A 1999 trip to the Bel Paese and a kiss from an Italian boy made Nicole fall in love with Rome. Not being able to stop thinking about cappuccinos and her Italian amore, Nicole Arriaga packed...  More About Nicole

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