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Gelato Ice Cream

The world-famous Italian ice cream perfect on a hot day in the city.

TravelCurious Tip

The Gelateria del Teatro also does a terrific granita — something that can be even more refreshing than gelato on a hot day

Let’s be clear: gelato is not simply Italian ice cream. As any aficionado will tell you, it’s very different indeed. For starters, there’s less butterfat in gelato, meaning that it freezes less solidly and thus has a smoother texture. And whereas water and air are often cheekily added to ice cream to increase its volume and weight, the same is not true for gelato, so you get a stronger flavour. Finally, gelato is not made for long-term storage. It’s made in small batches, to be eaten fresh.


Not all gelato vendors are artisans, however. So steer clear of places with puffy clouds of gelato, as they are likely using artificial thickeners. Also be wary if the colours are too bright — they might have thrown in some chemical to get those tantalising hues.


Fortunately it is not at all hard to find good gelato in Rome. Ciampini on Piazza San Lorenzo, between the Spanish Steps and the Parthenon, do a divine marron glacés with bits of candied chestnut mixed into their gelato. Combined with the dark chocolate gelato it is sinfully good.


For something a little more refined head to Gelateria del Teatro, not far from Piazza Navona. Excellent natural ingredients and and creative flavours are what make this place. Try the white chocolate and basil or the garden sage and raspberry — they work!


If you want to see the artists at work, then you can try I Caruso, not far from the Termini train station. Here they make their gelato on site, and you can watch them at it. It’s almost as mesmerising as those Lindt adverts with the master chocolatiers and the thick coils of melted chocolate falling from a whisk.

Nearby Attractions

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Aventine Hill
Amazing vistas across Rome, beautiful roses, and a secret keyhole with a special view of St. Peter’s.
Wine
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Pyramid of Cestius
A rarely-visited tomb that is over 2000 years old, well preserved thanks to its part in the ancient city fortifications.
Porta Portese Market
A large and bustling flea market, held every Sunday in Trastevere.
The Garden of Oranges
A beautiful space named for its plentiful citrus trees, with fantastic views and important Dominican history.
Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
This Fountain owes its name to Pope Paul V after he restored it, it remains a picturesque spot to this day.

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Eat and Cook like an Italian Private Experience - Pizza and Gelato Class
Enjoy a fantastic foodie experience as you discover the secrets behind the best Italian dessert, the gelato, and prepare and bake a pizza. 

  • Begin your delectable experience at a historical trattoria 
  • Meet your chef and discuss tips & techniques of traditional Italian recipes 
  • Bake your own pizza and season it with a choice of fresh ingredients  - from basil to  salsiccia
  • Indulge in your wood-fire pizza, with a soft drink to wash it down 
  • Walk off the calories on a short walk to the gelateria 
  • Learn how Italians prepare gelato, before making your own 
Accompanied by your private guide, head to a historical trattoria in Rome and meet the chef, who will teach you how to bake a pizza according to the traditional Italian recipe. Season your own pizza with delicious, fresh ingredients and put it in a wood-fired oven for a perfect cooking. Enjoy the pizza you’ve prepared with your family and friends, accompanied by a soft drink. 

Enjoy a short walk in the city center before heading to your gelato class. Reach a typical roman “gelateria”, an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how Italian people prepare the famous gelato. 

 Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it with your family.

We built this tour because who wouldn't want to learn how to make their own pizza in Rome?!
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