When you are on the hunt for good gelato in the Cinque Terre, look for signs that say artigianale or Produzione propria and check that the colors are soft and muted, not neon brights. You can choose between a cup or cone in a number of sizes and it is completely okay, in fact encouraged to have two, sometime three flavors per serving.
You can start your visit to Vernazza off with gelato as soon as you get off the train with this easy to find location. Flavors like salted caramel and unusual for Italy, peanut butter make an extra delicious treat when combined with dark chocolate. There are jars of home baked cookies and even a few gluten free options to add to your sweet snack. If you really want to depend your gelato knowledge, sign up for a course at the store’s factory in near by La Spezie.
One of the hallmarks of a good gelato shop is daily fresh flavors, and Il Golosone only makes small batches of their gelato with fresh and seasonal fruits. This Gelateria is tiny and hidden in an alleyway in the old section of Monterosso, but it’s worth the hunt. Try the refreshing combination of licorice and lemon.
If you have climbed up a few hundred stairs to reach the hilltop village of Cornglia, you have definitely earned a gelato. Alberto’s is the popular favorite in this town. The friendly owners Alberto and Cristina scoop flavors like miele di Corniglia made with local honey and a tart and creamy lemon. The strawberry milkshake is also an excellent choice here.
The standout flavor at the Gelateria 5 Terre in Manarola is Loveria, a creamy mixture of pistachio, chocolate and vanilla. In the summer, you might see one that is made from roses grown is the hills above the seaside town. If you have dietary restrictions, there are gluten and lactose free options here. They also make crepes that can be filled with a scoop or two of gelato.
Gelateria Centrale Di Germani E Giaccio Via S. Giacomo, 105, 19017
This shop, which sits directly in front of the port in Riomaggiore has pleasing views of the colorful fishing boats and the harbor. Try a combination of chocolate and pear in the late afternoon when the boats are all returning.