Discover sweet aromas, exploring the lusciously smooth ice creams and delightfully refreshing sorbets of this Italian city’s notorious gelato scene. We’ve rounded the best gelato places in Rome to try.
The kaleidoscope of rainbow colors on the counter at Fatamorgana offers fresh, fruity flavors in unending varieties. The mind-boggling, and eternally fascinating, choices at this gelateria are its main selling point. The menu comprises bold, innovative creations such as gorgonzola gelato or chocolate infused with lapsang souchong. Regularly changing flavors showcase the best of Italy‘s seasonal produce and constantly refresh interest – explaining Fatamorgana’s perpetual appeal. Hunt down this tucked-away gem and join the locals making the pilgrimage again and again to this temple of ice cream. The specialist techniques used here ensure that all flavors are gluten-free.
Fatamorgana, Piazza degli Zingari, 5, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4890 6955
Il Gelato di San Crispino
The fame of this Roman institution attracts tourists from all around the globe seeking a taste of San Crispino‘s notorious gelato. Featured in the novel Eat, Pray, Love, San Crispino earned its reputation perfecting traditional recipes to create a truly authentic Italian experience. Legend has it that the ice cream makers here are so dedicated to pure, excellent gelato. Because of this and for fear of compromising the flavor, they prefer to only sell their products in cups, rather than cones. Not far from the stunning Trevi Fountain, Il Gelato di San Crispino also has a wonderful location, surrounded by some of Rome’s most breathtaking sights.
Il Gelato di San Crispino, Via della Panetteria, 42, Rome, Italy, +39 06 679 3924
Around the corner from Rome’s monumental Colosseum, Gelateria dell’Angeletto is located in Rome’s Monti district, among the city’s most historic. Take in the awe-inspiring sight of the stadium’s towering walls and sweeping arches while tucking into an ice cream from this outstanding gelateria. The tranquil courtyard just across from this gelateria, with the sun-dappled waters of its fountain, is the ideal place from which to enjoy your ice cream.
Gelateria dell’Angeletto, Via dell’Angeletto, 15, Rome, Italy, +39 06 487 4760
Gelateria del Teatro
This little-known gem is tucked away from the hiked-up prices, tourist traps, and general busyness of Rome’s main streets. Wander along this charming cobbled back-street, jam-packed with antique shops and quirky sights, before stopping at Gelateria del Teatro. For those lucky ones in on the secret, the ice cream here is known as the creamiest gelato in Rome. The divine offerings at this outstanding institution are such to dazzle. Watch these masters of cream use their expert skills to transform fresh, natural ingredients into divinely rich gelato. Flavors aren’t over-powering, but delight in their delicacy and unexpected combinations. Favorites include white chocolate with basil, and ricotta with almond and fig.
Gelateria del Teatro, Via dei Coronari, 65/66, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4547 4880
Il Gelato Fantasia
Any visit to this exceptional ice cream parlor is sure to be an absolute revelation. The master engineers of ice cream here at Il Gelato Fantasia craft wonderfully aromatic creations that melt in the mouth. Either opt for the adventurous dark sesame with orange, or bergamot flavors, or stick to the traditional, yet sumptuously decadent, options. These include eight different flavors of chocolate – each richer than the last. Walk in the footsteps of Ancient Rome’s emperors and charioteers, and take a stroll with your ice cream around the iconic Circus Maximus, located just a stone’s throw from this gelateria.
Hand-makers of ice cream for more than 50 years, the geniuses behind Ciampini have purist principles, which they adhere to rigorously. They use only organic milk, eggs, and cream and the results are sublime in their dense, velvety perfection. Sugared chestnuts add a divinely chewy contrast to the smooth, creamy gelato for the ideal combination of textures. Ciampini is the place to find the best versions of the traditional classics in the city. The coffee and chocolate flavors here are simply unbeatable. All the gelato comes without preservatives or artificial additives.
Ciampini, Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 29, Rome, Italy, +39 06 687 6606
Tre Scalini is famous for being the best place to try a celebrated Italian specialty: tartufo ice cream. A chocolate ice cream truffle, made using 13 different varieties of Swiss chocolate: tartufo was originally created at this very bar and has been the Tre Scalini’s signature dessert since 1946. The recipe, known only by a select few, remains a coveted secret to this day. This gelateria also has a chic location among the stunning architecture of Rome’s elegant Piazza Navona. The piazza’s daily influx of local artists, street performers, and musicians that appear with the sunset means that the square buzzes with life each evening. It is a perfect place to promenade on one of Rome’s balmy summer evenings.
Tre Scalini, Piazza Navona 28, Rome, Italy, +39 06 687 9148
Come il Latte
With a name meaning ‘Like Milk’ it seems unsurprising that this gelateria is committed to using only the finest quality dairy products, with exceptional results. Up to 70 percent of the gelato’s content at Come il Latte is made from fresh cream. This makes the ice cream here the thickest and creamiest in the city. But for those less enamored by all this dairy, Come il Latte offers a substantial range of choices without any milk in at all. These lactose-free friendly options still manage to burst with strong and aromatic flavors. A swirl of chocolate from the shop’s flowing chocolate fountain, some rich chocolate shavings, or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, is even included in the price of the ice cream.
Come il Latte, Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4290 3882
Family-run since its creation in 1900, Giolitti has a long and prestigious pedigree in Rome’s gelato scene. This gelateria‘s location by the soaring columns of Rome’s iconic Pantheon provides a stunning setting to accompany its sugary delights. The range of desserts on offer is simply mouth-watering. Other sweet treats at Giolitti include ice cream cakes, as well as hand-made chocolates and cakes. The gelateria offers an incredible range of sundaes. So, let these masters of mixtures whip up one of their signature heavenly fusions of gelato, custard, hazelnut shavings and cream.
Giolitti, Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, Rome, Italy, +39 06 699 1243
For a cool icy treat without the dense creaminess of gelato, look no further than Grom. It has a wide range of refreshing sorbets, frappes, and ices. A specialty here is granita, an Italian delicacy of crushed ice with punchy flavors such as rich coffee or fabulously zingy mint. Escape the blazing Italian sun, and seek refuge in this sanctuary of great tastes. The majority of the fruit used in the sorbets is sourced from the owners’ own farm, and freshness bursts from each mouthful. A staggering 50 percent of the content of Grom’s sorbets is made up of fresh fruit. The ingredients of each flavor are detailed in full. So, those with special dietary requirements can still enjoy a delicious taste of Italy.