Customer Relations Representative Kylee traveled throughout Paris, the Riviera and Tuscany on tour–but what stood out to her most was the incredible gelato she uncovered in Florence, Italy. Here, her recommendations for where to find the best scoop.
A self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I was excited to revisit the home of the best gelato I’ve ever tasted, Florence (or Firenze to the locals).
In addition to remarkable art, famous markets and beautiful architecture, Florence is also the birthplace of gelato. Alchemist Cosimo Ruggieri created what we know as gelato when he served the dessert for the famous Medici family. Since this time, gelato has become an art form. Churned at a slower speed to incorporate less air than American ice cream, gelato has a richer, creamer consistency despite its lower fat content.
While quaint and delicious gelaterias await you on every corner in Florence, I consider these three worth a special trip.
Gelateria Santa Trinita
Piazza Frescobaldi, 11/12 R, Firenze, Italy
A short distance from the Ponte Vecchio, Gelateria Santa Trinita makes fresh gelato using quality raw ingredients. During peak season, they can showcase up to 38 different flavors!
Must-try flavors: I recommend the grapefruit and lime. Made with fresh fruit, they are incredibly refreshing!
Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
Via Faenza, 2, Firenze, Italy
Located near the San Lorenzo market, Antica Gelateria Fiorentina has an undeniable passion for producing delicious gelato. The shop owner told me the idea to open his shop struck him like a lightning bolt!
Must-try flavors: The dark chocolate (cioccolato fondente) and milk chocolate (cioccolato al latte) are irresistibly rich.
Gelateria La Carraia
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25-red, 50124 Firenze, Italy
Across the bridge “Ponte alla Carraia,” Gelateria La Carraia regularly has a line out the door. To try something new, sample La Carraia’s version of an ice cream sandwich, gelato served on soft Italian sweet bread.
Must-try flavors: The shop owner, Mrs. Eleonora, recommended the pistachio, and it was worth it!
Where have you had the best gelato? Share your favorite spots in the comments below!