My goal for my next trip to Firenze is to eat more gelato. Seriously.
I have this hilarious habit of filling up on pasta, cheese, or pizza, causing me to short change gelato – which is a crime. This past vacation I only got it twice during my whole trip! Unacceptable.
Here is my short list of gelaterias you can usually find me at…
1. Le Botteghe di Leonardo Via de Ginori 21
The reason I discovered this gelateria is purely because of convenience, but I am so glad I did! My apartment was less than 100 meters away when I was studying there in 2013, so after class or running to Mercato Centrale, I would stop here for a snack. Leonardo’s is absolutely delicious and really can’t compare to most other gelaterias in Florence. It is run by a local shop owner who is always there working, so Leonardo’s is the perfect option if you want to eat local. Amazingly fresh, with tons of flavors, and a lot of sweet options other than just gelato. My go-to here is always the dark chocolate or the mint. I love mint gelato, but be careful. Being American, I’m accustomed to enjoying mint ice cream that is usually very sweet and a pastel green color mixed with chocolate chips. True Italian mint gelato is white in color and flavored naturally with mint leaves, making the flavor incredibly unique and refreshing. You can’t go wrong at Leonardo’s, I definitely recommend giving it a try!
2. Gelateria Santa Trinita Piazza Dei Frescobaldi, 8/r
This gelateria is located on the opposite side of the Arno River near the Ponte Santa Trinita bridge. The gelato is simple and satisfying with lots of fresh fruit flavors. But the reason I like it so much is because of its location. It’s situated in the most ideal spot to sit and enjoy your cold and crisp gelato with a stunning view. After you scoop up your gelato you can go enjoy it on the Ponte Santa Trinita bridge, which over looks the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Arno River. It’s a fantastic and romantic way to end a busy day exploring Florence.
3. Grom Via del Campanile, 2
Even though Grom might be a chain gelateria, it is quite good and worthy enough for me to mention. They have tons of flavors ranging from fruity to chocolatey and all are super fresh. My favorite is just the simple creme and dark chocolate together, it works harmoniously. It’s definitely on the pricey side compared to other gelaterias, but they make up for it in quality. (I didn’t make a stop here this time around. I was a little salty because there is now a Grom in NYC, and it lost a little bit of its luster for me.)
4. Antica Gelateria Fiorentina Via Faenza, 2
This is a perfect option for college students, not only because it’s on the same street where many classes are held but because of the price. They have multiple different sizes, but the smallest is only 1 Euro! However, the fact that it is very affordable doesn’t take away from the quality of the gelato. It is a small place, where they make it all themselves, so you can trust it to be good.
I’m looking to grow this list longer! Comment if you have any favorite gelato spots in Florence and I will add it to my list for next trip. xxx Ciao, grazie!