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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.