Three things have started to play bigger part in my routine life since I moved to Italy: water with lemon juice, prosecco, and gelato (ice cream). A cup of water with the juice of half lemon is the first thing I take in the morning; in the evening before dinner, me and my husband would like to sip half glass of prosecco while sitting in our little balcony and enjoying the sunset; while during the afternoon if I need to run errands in the city center, I’d like to refresh myself from the hot weather with a gelato!
During the past one-month non-stop household searching, I’ve also explored some ice cream shops in the city center and targeted three of my favorites!
When shopping for kitchen ware, the two department stores coin and La Rinascente were my go-to places! So Perche no! which located right on the side street of coin was THE choice for me. It is a place serving handmade gelato, and their pistachio flavor is very popular! The shop is not on the main street, so they can have chairs and a bench for customers to sit down and enjoy the goodie, rather than being pushed by people while holding the ice cream melting in your hand.
Lots of people like to choose Venchi, which is a choccolate and gelato shop with a good reputation for hundred years. They seem never lack of people inside the shop. But for me who is in a rush most of the case, Venchi is too luxury for an ice cream. I rather prefer something down-to-earch, quick but still with good quality.
🍧 Via dei Tavolini 19 (red), Firenze
La Bottega del Gelato
Usually I do not support those gelateria on the main street, but I couldn’t resist the popsicles from this shop!
First they are delicious by look! There were times I didn’t know what to take, as there were so many choices and each looked attractive! Another thing makes me like this gelateria is that they also have sorbet. When I feel like to have something light, I will take one of their fruit flavor sorbet stick and continue my walk under the sun.
However bear in mind that not all flavors are available all the time. Usually (at least from my experiences), during the day time the choices are less, as they also serve Panini and sandwiches in the shop. Starting from late afternoon, the collections start to get more interesting. And those ice cream with crispy chocolate wrapping will join the display in the early evening.
🍦 Via Por Santa Maria 33, Firenze
Gelateria della Passera
If you are willing to stay a bit far away from the crowd of the Duomo, and explore deeper the other side of the Arno river, there is another good ice cream shop Gelteria della Passera hiding in the street Via Toscanella. This is the place I usually go when I do some shopping around Borgo San Jacopo, or after a Sunnday lunch in the neighborhood.
If you are going to the Pitti through Via de’Guicciardini, consider to take a turn at Via dei Velluti. This shop is just on the right side at the joint with Via Toscanella. They have creative flavors, which cost €1 each. Reasonable price for good ice cream, isn’t it?
🍨 Via Toscanella 15 R, Firenze
That wraps my 3 favorite gelateria so far! If you know any other good place, leave me a comment! I’d like to try as well. For gelato, it is never too much, isn’t it?! 😝