Siena, like most of Tuscany, is famous for wine, meat, pasta and amazing ice cream. Packed in this city are several ice cream parlours all vying to be the freshest, most artisan, and creative gelaterie. So when you find yourself in this charming, historical city and you are hankering for some gelato, avoid the over-priced tourist traps and treat yourself at these reasonably priced, high-quality finds.
Many travelers to Italy will know about Grom, as it is an ice cream chain found in most major Italian cities, as well as several cities abroad. Although it is not unique to Siena, anyone who has been will tell you that it is certainly worth a visit. The philosophy of Grom is to use only the freshest ingredients, avoiding all things artificial. Thus all the milk and eggs used contribute to a unique creaminess, and the fruits involved are seasonal and sweet. The ice cream flavours themselves are not on display, but rather hidden by metal covers; this in itself is an assurance of their freshness. Grom is right in the city centre, so make sure you head over once in Siena.
Grom, Via Banchi di Sopra, 11/13, Siena, Italy, +39 0577 289303
Though Il Bacio is not in the walled centre of the city, a five minute trip outside the walls is worth it for this fantastic ice cream place. You can tell it’s good because it’s favored by the locals. The prices are reasonable and the excellent taste of the ice cream reflects quality and artisanal skill. Il Bacio also offers a variety of ice cream flavours that is difficult to find elsewhere, one of the best is meringue, but you should also try the place’s namesake, bacio, which refers to a delicious Italian chocolate with a hazelnut inside. Whatever you try, there is little doubt you will be delighted.
A Siennese student favorite, Gelateria Kopakabana is a fairly cheap and lively place to enjoy delicious ice cream. Found a bit off the tourist track but still within the historic centre, it offers endearing Italian hospitality that will make you want to come back for more. Of course, so will the ice cream, for quality is always a priority in this charming place. Apart from mastering the usual flavors, Kopakabana has also created over 200 of its own originals, so there is always something new to treat yourself to. The amount of locals and students that hang around can vouch for its quality, so don’t forget this gelateria.
Gelateria Kopakabana, Via dei Rossi, 52/54, Siena, Italy, +39 0577 223744