Top Five Gelato Shops in Italy

When in Italy, you have to try gelato – but be warned as not all are authentic and might be factory-made with subpar standard. We only want the real deal. So we have picked the finest gelateria in each city that serves the best fresh, handmade and all-natural gelato.

1. La Carraia, Florence

Beginning with the city that created gelato, Florence has its must-try gelato from La Carraia. Boasting 40 flavours to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. The generous selections are rich in creamy chocolate flavours like dark, white, milk, chocolate hazelnut and more. You can have a baby cone for just €1, so you know what that means – you can try a little bit of every flavour!

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2. Fatamorgana, Rome

While it is known for its classic and traditional flavours like chocolate chip, it also has kick-ass creative pairings for their gelatos made with top quality ingredients. In every season, you get new exciting flavours that keep your taste buds anticipating new flavours. You get offerings like basil-walnut-honey, yoghurt-cumin or chocolate-wasabi and while all these flavours sound wild and unconventional, they work harmoniously!

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Photo Credits: Emma Law

3. La Bottega del Gelato, Pisa

Deemed as one of the best gelato in Pisa, the La Bottega del Gelato is a short walk from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, easily spotted near the riverbank. This gelateria offers almost an unlimited selection of popular and unique flavours such as pine nut, salted caramel and meringue. You can also request for a gluten-free scoop! If you are in town in June, you’ll be lucky to catch a demonstration on how gelato is made in this shop.

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Photo Credits: Steve C

4. LatteNeve, Milan

Unlike most gelato shops that were opened for decades, this little gelateria only opened in 2014 but has garnered a lot of attention and love from the local Milanese. Homemade and organic, each gelato flavour is boldly and uniquely created. You can find flavours such as cardamom-coffee, salted peanut with black sesame, and cinnamon chocolate. There are 100% vegan options for you too! What is more, top off every scoop you get with homemade whipped cream – yum!

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Photo Credits: LatteNeve

5. Casa Infante, Naples

Established in the 1940s, this family-run business has maintained its reputation as a gelateria that serves traditional and high-quality ice cream. It keeps a wide-range of flavours from caramel to creamy white chocolate, to seasonal flavours like walnuts and cantaloupe. To take it up a notch, they also carry flavours with organic ingredients like apricot cake that is made with ripened apricots from Vesuvius and white fig and ricotta, where the caramelised figs are from Cliento. You cannot get any fresher than this!

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Photo Credits: David van der Mark