Here is the best and most beloved gelaterie in Rome…
It is the weather for licking sweet melting scoops of gelato from morning til night. These are our favourite icecream or gelato in Rome.
Top Locations: Piazza degli Zingari, 5 (Monti), Via Bettolo, 7 (Prati), Via Roma Libera, 11 (Trastevere), Via Laurina, 10 (Via del Corso), Via Aosta 3 (Re di Roma)
Why: Each visit to Fatamorgana is a new adventure for your taste buds. They change their selection frequently and their more creative flavors range from black rice and rose petal, to avocado, white wine, and lime, to their bestseller, basil, walnuts, and honey. Gelati made without sugar and dairy are available, as are gluten-free cones.
Romeing Recommends: The zaniest flavor they offer! Go wild!
More Info: gelateriafatamorgana.it
Top Location: Via dell’Angeletto, 15 (Monti)
Why: This tiny gelateria is tucked away in Monti has gluten free, as well vegan friendly flavors. The owner previously worked at the famous Gelateria dei Gracchi and is now bring the same amazing gelato taste to Monti. Putting spins on traditional and seasonal ingredients, this “corner” gelateria is the go-to spot for those looking to enjoy a generously scooped gelato while wandering around the neighbourhood.
Romeing Recommends: Honey and rice. Similar to a rice pudding, this flavor is a healthier option that is both a refreshing and filling.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Top Locations: Via dei Gracchi, 272 (Prati), Via di Ripetta, 261 (Piazza del Popolo), Viale Regina Margherita, 212 (Nomentano)
Why: Skip the tourist traps around St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza del Popolo, and make a beeline for Gelateria dei Gracchi, consistently rated as one of the top gelato spots in the city. Gracchi’s flavors faithfully follow the seasons, and range from apple and mint, to rum spiked chocolate, to sweet melone, or cantaloupe.
Romeing Recommends: Pear and caramel. Sweet, sharp, and smooth all at the same time, and the pistachio, laced with toasted, Bronte nuts.
More Info: gelateriadeigracchi.it
Top Locations: Via Agonale, 3 (Navona); Via della Maddalena 30 A (Pantheon); Via dei Giubbonari, 53 (Campo dei Fiori); Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini)
Why: Go beyond gelato and head to GROM for sorbets, ices, and frappes. They boast an extensive guide to each flavor’s ingredients for those with allergies or lactose intolerance, and they never use any preservatives or synthetic colors. In a cool twist, most of the fruit they use is from their own farm.
Romeing Recommends: Combine their Guatemalan Coffee with the hazelnut. Two standard flavors that make a decadent and rewarding mix.
More Info: grom.it
Fonte della Salute
Top Location: Via Cardinale Marmaggi, 2 (Trastevere)
Why: For (nearly) guilt free gelato noshing, stop by this Trastevere gelateria. All flavours here are made without artificial colors, additives, refined sugar, and emulsions. Only fresh, certified-organic ingredients are utilized, and vegan and gluten-free selections are on offer. Frozen yogurt with granola and fruit, crepes, Sicilian-style brioches with granita, fruit and veggie juices, semifreddi, and cakes, mean the most gluttonous to the most health conscious of your group will find something to indulge in.
Romeing recommends: Try a scoop of their chocolate with orange honey, and coconut with figs.
More Info: fontedellasalute.bio
Established Gelato Institutions
Top Location: Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, 29 (Via del Corso) – TEMPORARY CLOSED
Why: Since 194, generations of family members have contributed to this purist gelateria. Ciampini is very particular.They use only organic milk, cream and eggs in the flavors, maintaining a tradition of the highest quality. It’s impossible to go wrong with their traditional flavors: the chocolates, the nuts, the coffees – all are creamy with rich textures.
Romeing Recommends: Raspberry and nutella with a dash of whipped cream.
More Info: ciampini.com
Gelateria San Crispino
Top locations: Via della Panetteria, 42 (Trevi Fountain); Piazza della Maddalena, 3 (Pantheon); Via Acaia, 56 (Appio-San Giovanni); Fiumicino Airport (Terminal A).
Why: San Crispino’s passion for combining traditional and innovative recipes has made it a Roman institution known for superb gelato. Word is, San Crispino is so passionate about the purity of their product that they prefer to not sell the gelato in a cone – it may compromise the flavor.
Romeing Recommends: In Italy, it’s common to ask for two or three different flavors in the same cup. Try the crema all’armagnac and cacao flavors. Oak barrel aged brandy and chocolate- it’s strong stuff!
More Info: ilgelatodisancrispino.it
Gelateria del Teatro
Top Locations: Via dei Coronari, 65 (Navona) and Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 (Campo dei Fiori/Lungotevere)
Why: Conveniently located a short walk from Piazza Navona, Gelateria del Teatro concocts its gelato with high-quality ingredients like Avola almonds from Sicily and lemons from the Amalfi Coast. Flavors range from classics like strawberry and coffee, to wildcards like lavender with white peach, dark chocolate infused with red wine, and sage with raspberry.
Romeing Recommends: Rosemary, honey, and lemon, a refreshing and unique treat for the palate.
More Info: Facebook gelateriadelteatro
Top Locations: Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 (Pantheon); Viale Oceania, 90 (Eur)
Why: Established in 1900 and still a family run business to this day, Giolitti is arguably Rome’s best-known gelateria. Their Pantheon location is the original store, and is hands down the most elegant place to devour a gelato in the city. They also have other sweets, such as ice cream cakes, pastries, and chocolates.
Romeing Recommends: The Coppa Giolitti, a gelato “sundae” with custard, chocolate, zabaione, cream, and hazelnut shavings.
More Info: giolitti.it
Come il Latte
Top Location: Via Silvio Spaventa, 24 (Repubblica/Barberini)
Why: Come il Latte are dedicated to quality, and create their flavors with seasonal ingredients. If the richness of the gelato isn’t enough, you can add swirls of chocolate or flavored cream topping.
Romeing Recommends: Chocolate with chilli. One of their new flavors for summer, it’s a sweet treat with a kick.
More Info: comeillatte.it
Top Location:Via dei Falegnami, 64 (Jewish Ghetto)
Why: The philosophy of Scimmia Factory includes the importance of concocting gelato in carapina (a steel gelato maker) which renders the gelato decidedly smoother and creamier.
Romeing Recommends: Vegan chocolate ice cream heaven – must try
More Info: scimmiafactory.it
Top Location: Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
Why: To understand Otaleg’s approach to gelato, just step into the store. It is fronted with their “gelato laboratory,” the self-proclaimed soul of the gelateria. Otaleg also offers professional and amateur courses, from how to become a gelato connoisseur, to how to make gelato at home.
Romeing Recommends: Choose simple, classic flavors; the hazelnut, pistachio, and almond are revelations.
More Info: otaleg.com
Top Locations: Via Collina, 13-15 (Sallustiano), Via Gadames 26/28 (Libia), Corso d’Italia 82 (Piazza Fiume)
Why: The sweet tooth’s heaven, I Caruso, has a constantly changing gelato menu, featuring a flavor of the month, and a weekly special. Their zabaione (cream and marsala wine) is available year round and possibly the tastiest in Rome.
Romeing Recommends: Try their cremolato, finer and stronger than a granita, but as creamy in texture as a gelato (made with 100% fresh fruit).
More Info: gelatoicaruso.it
Fior di Luna
Top Location: Via della Lungarina, 96 (Trastevere)
Why: Fior di Luna is composed of true, certified organic and fair trade gelato artisans. They source most of their ingredients locally, and sometimes offer gelato making courses.
Romeing Recommends: Fior di Luna prides itself on their sorbets – only fresh, seasonal fruit is used, and they serve as a perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing in the heat.
More Info: fiordiluna.com
Top Locations: Via Ostiense 48, (Ostiense), via Cola Di Rienzo 2 (Prati), Via Venti Settembre, 60 (Repubblica)
Why: Established in 1947 as a family run gelateria, La Romana have now expanded all over Italy. They have strict production rules,eco-friendly packaging and they publish a full list of ingredients on their website. Creative artisan gelato with a conscience.
Romeing Recommends: Mascarpone, raspberry and toasted pine nuts, or cream scented with vanilla and lemon rind, or nougat with hazelnuts and chocolate….
More Info: gelateriaromana.com
Top Location: Via dei Chiavari, 37 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Why: Renowned gelataio Simone Bonini first made a name for himself in Florence, and arrived in the Eternal City a few years ago with the opening of his gelateria Carapina. Meticulously sourced ingredients and years of experience make the gelato at Carapina some of the city’s best – and their spin on the ice cream sandwich is delightfully nostalgic.
Romeing Recommends: Try crema dell’Artusi, a vanilla concoction inspired by 19th century cookbook author Pellegrino Artusi.