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17 Best Gelato Shops in Rome (2022 Edition)

Finding the best gelato in Rome was a passion project that we approached with sweet vigor. Read on to discover our picks for the 17 best Rome gelato shops.

Gelato Cone at Come il Latte in Rome
Many have attempted to conquer Rome over the centuries. As for us, our goal was to conquer gelato in Rome.

We expected Rome’s gelato to be good. After all, Italy is gelato’s epicenter and Rome is its capital city.

Our first trip to the Italy in 2010 was a rushed, rainy blur. We’re ashamed to say that we have no memory of eating any gelato in Rome during that visit. At least we ate gelato (among other Italian desserts) in Florence and Bologna after we left Rome.

Since then, over the past decade, we’ve licked cones all over Italy from Matera in the south to Trento in the north without disappointment. Before returning to Rome in late 2020 and again a year later, we really didn’t anticipate its gelato to be remarkably different since there’s plenty of good gelato all over the boot.

Mastro Cono Gelato Cone and Rome Pantheon
Eating this gelato cone in front of the Pantheon was the pinnacle of our Rome sightseeing excursion.

As it turns out, gelato in Rome isn’t good. It’s great. It may very well be the pinnacle of gelato enjoyment.

Since our first visit, the city’s gelato scene has morphed into a gelato movement. Roman gelato shops transform natural, local, seasonal ingredients into creamy, dreamy, urbane flavors reflective of the sprawling Italian capital’s zeitgeist.

It’s enough to make us swoon.

Gelato Selife in Rome in Rome
If sharing is caring, we cared a lot in Rome during our quest to taste the city’s best gelato.

We didn’t have to look hard to find dozens of famous gelato shops in Rome. They’re located all over the city, with several gelaterias operating multiple locations.

Even better, the best Rome gelaterias serve world-class cones for less than €5 and sometimes as low as €2.

Colorful Gelato at Giolitti in Rome
Naturally bright flavors are the norm when it comes to Rome gelato shops like Giolitti.

In our opinion, Rome has the best gelato in Italy.

We get that this is a bold assertion. We know that Florence is the birthplace of modern gelato and we appreciate that Bologna has a prestigious gelato university that attracts aspiring gelato producers from around the world. They’re both great Italian cities for gelato without debate or doubt.

Gelato Cone and Italian Flag in Rome
It’s as easy to find gelato in Rome as it is to find Italian flags. Both are iconic symbols of the food-focused country.

But, all that being said, Rome is our favorite Italian city when it comes to eating gelato. That’s why we returned for a third visit after the pandemic to eat even more gelato as well as other tasty bits and bites.

Pro Tip
Skip chains like Grom, Gelateria La Romana and Venchi in Rome. While their gelato is fine, the real gelato gems are served at local, independent gelaterias like the ones featured in this guide.

The Best Gelato in Rome

Daryl Eats Gelato at Come il Latte in Rome
Daryl never wavered during our Rome gelato endeavor.

Finding the best gelato in Rome isn’t an endeavor for the weak. It involves a strenuous regime that starts in the morning and ends at night. It also involves traipsing the city with pit stops at iconic sites like the Vatican, Pantheon, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.

While this endeavor sounds fun, it can be grueling when combined with afternoon pasta sessions and evening pizza feasts. We utilized intense planning skills as we juggled our time and stomach space among Rome’s sweet and savory food specialties.

Discover our favorite Rome food, pizzerias and restaurants.

Gelato at Gelateria Tony in Rome
We found great gelato all over Rome including this gelato at Gelateria Tony.

As true gelato fans, we were up for the challenge. In fact, we embraced the endeavor with a gusto fueled by both gelato and multiple cups of Rome’s finest coffee.

After taste testing a LOT of gelato both on cones and in cups and returning to do it again, these are our 17 favorite gelato shops in Rome:

1. Come il Latte

Milk-Bottles-at-Come-il-Latte-in-Rome
Come il Latte fresh local milk, organic eggs and seasonal fruit to create some of the best gelato in Rome.

Eating gelato at Come il Latte was stressful for us. First we had to choose from a list of more than 20 gelatos and fruit sorbets. Then we had to make tough decisions about chocolate sauces and homemade panna montata (Italian whipped cream).

The stress was enough to make us consider opting for an ice cream sandwich or sundae instead. However, we stayed strong and ordered a medium sugar cone with three gelato flavors, two different chocolate sauces and no panna montata. To our pleasant surprise, a chocolate coated wafer completed the ensemble.

Ice Cream Sandwiches at Come il Latte in Rome
We were tempted to eat one of these ice cream sandwiches at Come il Latte. Maybe next time.

Named after the milk that’s the primary ingredient in creamy gelato, Come il Latte, open since 2011, locally sources ingredients like fresh milk, organic eggs and seasonal fruit. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the gelato.

The shop also reaches around the globe to obtain specialty ingredients like vanilla, cocoa, pistachios, hazelnuts and cinnamon for flavors, both classic and creative, as well as ingredients for those on restricted diets. Yes, Come il Latte has options for gelato lovers who follow sugar-free, low-carb and vegan diets.

Gelato Cone over Sidewalk at Come il Latte in Rome6
Nothing short of a gelato masterpiece, at Come il Latte, our sugar cone was topped with stracciatella, pistachio, and salted caramel gelato, dark chocolate sauce and a chocolate-coated wafer. Not shown is the white chocolate sauce underneath the gelato.

But wait, there’s more. We saved the best bit for last.

Come il Latte’s fountains flow with dark and white chocolate sauce. When we asked whether we could choose both sauces for no extra charge, the answer was yes and, in a remarkable example of quick decision making, that’s exactly what we did.

Pro Tip
Include Come il Latte in a day of touring. This gelateria is just a 10 minute walk from Villa Borghese and a 20 minute walk from Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps.

Come il Latte is located at Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy.

2. Fatamorgana Gelato

Fatamorgana in Rome
With one of its locations on the edge of the Jewish Ghetto, stylish Fatamorgana drew us in like moths to a flame.

With a mission statement that places nature over tricks, Maria Spagnuolo’s Fatamorgana sells some of Rome’s most unique gelato flavors. Spagnuolo must be doing something right since she now has several gelaterias spread around Rome, one of the most food-focused Italian cities.

Many of her gelato concoctions pair disparate ingredients like tobacco and chocolate. Others are named after fairytale characters like Pinocchio (a vanilla, pear, lemon cake/pecorino melange), Snow White (Tahitian vanilla, apple chunks and raspberry sauce) and Thumbelina (rose petals, violet flowers and Sorrento walnuts).

Gelato at Fatamorgana in Rome
One cup and two spoons was how we rolled at Fatamorgana.

We didn’t try any of those fanciful flavors nor did we sample tempting treats like sushi gelato and ice cream cake. Instead, we followed Fatamorgana’s path toward simplicity by pairing two gelato flavors – Lemon Curd and Milk Chocolate – in one cup. This seemingly simple yet pure combination of acidic lemon and sweet milk chocolate was divine.

Though our stomachs were stretched to their limits after a pasta session involving plates of Amatraciana and Carbonara pasta, we justified adding a dollop of panna montata. As is common knowledge, whipped cream doesn’t takes up much, if any, stomach space.

Pro Tip
Experience Fatamorgana Gelato’s creative flavors in Los Angeles if you can’t travel to Rome any time soon.

Fatamorgana Gelato has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Via dei Chiavari, 37A, 00186 Roma RM, Italy.

3. Gelateria del Teatro

Gelato Serve at Gelateria del Teatro in Rome
Is it just us or does pandemic gelato taste just a little bit sweeter?

After sharing a cone at Gelateria del Teatro, we agreed to disagree.

Daryl thought that the scoop of Fior di Lavanda e Pesca Bianca (lavender and white peach) was the better scoop. Mindi felt the same about the scoop of Sacher all’Arancia (chocolate and orange).

Well, at least we agreed that these two scoops were among the best we ate in Rome – perhaps the very best.

Gelato Cone at Gelateria del Teatro in Rome
Gelateria del Teatro’s attention to detail shines through in its gelato.

Gelateria del Teatro might have been new to us but the artisan gelateria isn’t new to Rome. Stefano and Silvia Marcotulli opened their original shop near Piazza Navona in 2006.

The duo’s commitment to creating quality gelato starts with focused sourcing and ends inside cones baked with olive oil.

Gelato at Gelateria del Teatro in Rome
Choosing from an array of natural flavors at Gelateria del Teatro is a challenge with sweet rewards.

We visited Gelateria del Teatro during a stroll along the River Tiber. How we missed this excellent gelateria during our 2010 visit is an unsolved mystery. We certainly won’t miss it when we visit Rome in the future. In fact, we’re already planning which flavors to sample next.

Pro Tip
Order your gelato on a cone at Gelateria del Teatro. Made with olive oil, these cones are a notch above the rest.

Gelateria del Teatro has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25, 00186 Roma RM, Italy.

4. Otaleg

Gelato Cone and Grafiti at Otaleg in Rome
We quickly photographed our Otaleg gelato before it melted into our hands.

Marco Radicioni’s creativity doesn’t stop with a name that’s literally the reverse spelling of ‘Gelato’. Visitors to his conveniently located Trastevere gelatria experience his whimsy in flavors that simultaneously surprise and delight the senses.

Since we weren’t able to physically enter Otaleg due to the pandemic or when we returned more than a year later, we blindly ordered flavors without seeing them displayed in all their glory. Instead of tampering our curiosity for the slate of 30 flavors including 20 creamy options and 10 without milk, the situation inspired us to push our gelato envelope.

Gelato Cone and Vespa at Otaleg in Rome
Vespas and gelato are two of Italy’s best products. We only enjoyed one of the two while in Rome. No, we didn’t risk our lives on a Vespa. Maybe next time.

Living up to the phrase ‘when in Rome’, we paired a scoop of traditional pistachio ice cream with a more creative gelato made with talegeggio cheese, Sichuan peppers and candied orange. We then topped our cone with a dollop of panna montata for good measure.

While not our favorite cone of the week, Otaleg’s gelato may be the most memorable for its bold flavors, unique ingredients and creative combinations. Would we order gelato with tellegio cheese and Sichuan peppers again? Probably not. Will we return to Otaleg? Absolutely.

Mango Gelato Cone at Otaleg in Rome
We went simpler during our second visit to Otaleg. It was the right choice during a busy day of food tripping.

Update – We did NOT order tellegio cheese gelato when we returned to Otaleg. We instead ordered a simple cone topped with mango gelato. It was divine.

Pro Tip
Consider stepping out of your gelato comfort zone when you eat gelato at Otaleg. You can order chocolate and vanilla flavors back home.

Otaleg is located at Via di S. Cosimato, 14a, 00153 Roma, Italy.

5. Al Settimo Gelo

Gelato Cone at Al Settimo Gelo in Rome
This gelato cone at Al Settimo Gelo delighted us with its exotic flavors and creamy texture.

Open since 1997 on a residential street not far from the Vatican, Al Settimo Gelo isn’t in a well traveled neighborhood and it isn’t a hipster haven. However, this unassuming Prati gelato shop is a top contender for our favorite gelato in Rome.

We’re not alone. There’s a reason that locals patiently take numbers and wait on a tree-lined street for gelato flavors that feature both local fruits and exotic ingredients sourced from around the world.

Gelato Counter at Al Settimo Gelo in Rome
Surprise! The best part about Al Settimo Gelo is the gelato. Or maybe that’s not a surprise.

Al Settimo Gelo stands out from the crowd for a few reasons starting with its gelato’s great value. Then there’s its whipped cream machine that makes ordering a dollop a must. But the most important reason is Mirella Fiumanò’s spectacular gelato.

During our visit, we couldn’t resist ordering a scoop of Fiumanò’s Persian gelato created with rose water, saffron, pistachios and almonds. We also couldn’t resist adding a scoop of her chocolate gelato made with fair trade dark chocolate sourced from Peru. Topped with a scoop of panna montata, the two flavors created a temporary state of gelato bliss that we look forward to experiencing again.

Pro Tip
Order a scoop of Aghan gelato if you prefer cadamom over saffron.

Al Settimo Gelo is located at Via Vodice, 21, 00195 Rome RM, Italy.

6. Giolitti

Giolitti in Rome
Open since 1890, Giolitti is part of Rome’s living history.

Open in Rome for more than a century, Giolitti has the honor of being both the city’s oldest operating gelateria and the first stop on our Rome gelato tour. Original owners Giuseppe and Bernardina Giolitti launched the business in 1890 and it remains in the Giolitti family all these years later.

Unlike Rome’s more recently opened gelato shops, Giolitti’s decor features a vintage glass counter and plenty of dark wood fixtures. We weren’t disappointed by these old school vibes nor were we disappointed by Giolitti’s simple, pure flavors.

Gelato Counter at Giolitti in Rome
While Giolitti isn’t the most modern Rome gelato shop, its lack of modernity doesn’t detract from its excellence.

During our autumnal visit, the Giolitti menu offered seasonal flavors like orange and fig as well as classic flavors like almond and pistachio. As equal opportunity gelato eaters, we chose a flavor from each category at the gelato shop’s smaller location.

While Cioccolato Fondante (dark chocolate) was as classic as it gets, Sangue di Dracula (Dracula’s Blood – made with plum instead of blood) was both seasonal and fun.

Gelato Cone at Giolitti in Rome
During our visit to Giolitti’s smaller location, we were optimistic to taste this cone topped with dark chocolate and plum flavors.

Sitting at an outside table, we licked our double scoop gelato cone until it was gone. Then, we had the difficult task of choosing our favorite flavor between the two – a decision far more difficult than choosing whether to sit inside or outside.

Was it the smooth fondant that wasn’t overly bitter or was it the chunky plum that wasn’t overly sweet? We couldn’t pick one over the other. The combination of the two was sweet gelato harmony.

Licked Gelato Cone at Giolitti in Rome
We obviously enjoyed this cone since we licked it until it was gone.

Pro Tip
Pop over to Giolitti main location after you visit the Pantheon to experience a different aspect of Roman history.

Giolitti has multiple Rome locations. Visiting the original gelateria located at Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma RM, Italy is a must.

7. Gelateria dei Gracchi

Gelateria dei Gracchi in Rome
Proving that looks can be deceiving, Gelateria dei Gracchi looks like a random neighborhood gelato shop. However, Gracchi’s gelato is among the best in Rome.

Our visit to Gelateria dei Gracchi was inevitable. A Rome tram literally dropped us off in front of one of the gelateria’s locations during our separate quest to find the best specialty coffee in Rome.

Honestly, we might have missed the nondescript storefront if we hadn’t previously added it to our mobile phone map app. This particular gelato break was clearly meant to be.

Gelato with Spoon at Gelateria dei Gracchi in Rome
Our cup of Gracchi’s Cubano and Ricotta e Pere gelato was as good as any other gelato we ate in Rome. A dollop of panna montata took it to the next level.

Ordering gelato at Gelateria dei Gracchi was a sweet challenge due to the preponderance of enticing flavors like Cioccolato Fondente all’Arancia (dark orange chocolate) and Fico d’India (prickly pear).

Once we tasted our chosen flavors of Cubano (dark chocolate with rum) and Ricotta e Pere (ricotta cheese and pear), we knew we had navigated Gracchi’s flavors magnificently.

Gelato at Gelateria dei Gracchi in Rome
Not seeing any tables, we ate this cup of gelato on a tree stump. It worked.

Repurposing a tree stump as a temporary table, we intended to just take a couple bites for research purposes.

Before we knew it, our cup runneth empty. Oops!

Pro Tip
Order a granita if you’re in the mood for a cold treat on a hot day. The shop had four flavors – almond, coffee, basil ginger and lemon – on its menu during our visit.

Gelateria dei Gracchi has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Viale Regina Margherita, 212, 00198 Roma RM, Italy.

8. Frigidarium

Frigidarium in Rome
Gelato fans who flock to Frigidarium hover around the gelateria as they savor their gelato bounty.

Frigidarium isn’t as critically acclaimed as the other Rome gelato shops in our Rome gelato guide yet it’s just as popular. But why?

An easy guess is related to Frigidarium’s prime location within easy walking distance to major sites including the Vatican. Another easy guess is Frigidarium’s value pricing. Our two scoop cone cost just €2 at the time of our visit.

However, neither of these features is what we loved most about Frigidarium during our visit. For us, the best part about eating gelato at Frigidarium can be summed up in two words – chocolate dip.

Gelato Cone at Frigidarium in Rome
Our Frigadarium cone was a masterpiece with a generous chocolate dip coating covering scoops of Amarena and Zabaione gelato.

Don’t get us wrong. The vast selection of gelato at Frigidarium is top notch. We especially enjoyed the gelateria’s sour cherry Amarena flavor.

For us, though, the chocolate dip is this gelateria’s tasty game changer. Quickly hardening into a candy shell, it evokes memories of childhood cones eaten at Dairy Queen but at a much higher level. Plus, Frigidarium’s chocolate dip is free upon request. Winning!

Pro Tip
Request a chocolate dip when you order your gelato cone or cup at Frigidarium. During our visit, we noticed that we were the only customers savvy enough to make the request. If you don’t like chocolate, you can request sweet cream instead.

Frigidarium is located at Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Roma, Italy.

9. Torcè

Gelato Cone at Torce in Rome
Our final cone at Torcè left us hungry for more gelato in Rome. We plan to return to the eternal city and eat more gelato once it’s safe to travel again.

Claudio Torcè has become a Rome gelato icon since he opened his first Rome gelato shop in 2003. Over the years, the gelato master has trained many of Rome’s best gelato makers including Maria Spagnuolo (Fatamorgana Gelato) and Marco Radicioni (Otaleg).

The grandson of a Roman baker, Torcè sources ingredients from around the world to create gelato flavors that skew sweet, salty and savory. During our visit, available flavors ranged from the simple (Easy Chocolate) to the sublime (Chocolate with Himalayan Pink Salt) with a detours to the garden (Celery Cream) and cheese shop (Gorgonzola).

Gelato at Torce in Rome
This display case at Torcé is nothing short of a gelato rainbow. Flavors include Green Tea Matcha, Classic Zabaione with Marsala Reserve Wine and Peanut Butter with Chocolate.

Luckily for Roman locals and food travelers with a penchant for tasty treats, Torcè’s gelato is as spoon worthy as any other gelato in the city and more so than most.

As we discovered while visiting his gelato shop near the Colosseum, Torcè serves some of the most interesting gelato in town.

Chocolate Gelato at Torce in Rome
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate gelato options at Torcè include ingredients like orange, hazelnuts and even pink Himalayan salt.

Choosing from a case filled with multiple chocolate gelato flavors, we diverted from the ordinary by choosing the one with Himalayan pink salt and then topped that scoop with sweet Cassata (Sicilian cake with dried fruit and liqueur) gelato.

This globally-inspired combination with salty crystals and candied chunks thrilled us. We greedily licked it until the cone was just a sticky yet sweet memory.

Pro Tip
Leave your guilt behind when you eat gelato at Torcè. The innovative gelateria uses fructose and lactose-free milk in its recipes. Gluten-free cones are also available.

Torcè has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Viale Aventino, 59, 00153 Roma RM, Italy.

10. Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi

Gelateria Fassi in Rome
Operating in Rome for more than a century, Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi is the oldest gelateria in Rome.

Gelato standout Fassi Gelateria is big. Really big. Compared to many of the best Rome gelato shops, its spacious dining room is ginormous.

Fassi Gelateria is also historic. The Fassi family business dates back to 1880 when Giaomo Fassi opened a shop where he sold ice, beer and eventually sorbet. Over the generations, the Fassi business became dedicated to gelato and semifreddi desserts.

And, finally and most important, Gelateria Fassi’s gelato, produced on-site, tastes great.

Gelato Cup at at Gelateria Fassi in Rome
Despite Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi’s centenarian status, its gelato is as relevant today as ever.

Narrowing the options can be a challenge at Fassi Gelateria. Overwhelmed by counters filled with a gelato as well as chocolate-coated sanpietrini (gelato shaped like cobblestones), we ultimately chose two signature flavors to best experience Fassi Gelateria’s craft.

Pairing a scoop of pistachio gelato made with single origin Sicilian pistachios with a scoop of Zuppa Inglese gelato studded with chocolate chips was a good move. Topping both scoops with a dollop of freshly whipped cream was even better.

Fun Fact
Although the Fassi family operates just one gelato shop in Rome, the family has more than six dozen locations in South Korea.

Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi is located at Via Principe Eugenio, 65-67, 00185 Roma RM, Italy.

11. Günther Gelato Italiano

Peach Gelato at Gunther in Rome
Gelato doesn’t get fresher than the gelato we ate at Günther Gelato Italiano.

Finding Günther Gelato Italiano is a breeze while sightseeing in Rome.

Over the past decade since Günther Rohregger opened his his first shop near Campo de’ Fiori in 2012, he’s since opened a gelato shop near the Pantheon and another near Piazza di Spagna. There’s even a Günther gelato stand at the Mercato Centrale.

Rohregger clearly hasn’t let his passion for artisanal gelato stop him from opening shops convenient for both locals and tourists. That passion also motivates him to source water from Plose in Alto Adige and micro-filtered milk from local farms.

Gelato Cone at Gunther in Rome
This gelato cone was camera-ready with its cookie crown.

While the convenience of the Günther gelato shops is a plus, the main draw is the gelato itself. Rohregger draws inspiration from his childhood in South Tyrol when creating flavors like Pino Mugo (i.e. Mountain Pine) but other flavors like Ricotta Stregata, made with Strega liqueur and candied citrus, scream Southern Italy.

Flavors are seasonal which is why we couldn’t resist ordering a scoop of peach gelato while our traveling companions ordered two scoops – milk chocolate and pistachio. We were all happy with our choices.

Pro Tip
Order a smoothie if you’re more in the mood to sip than to lick.

Günther Gelato Italiano has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Via dei Pettinari, 43, 00186 Roma RM.

12. Fiordiluna

Fiordiluna in Rome
Fiordiluna sells a lot of gelato from its small, graffitti adorned space in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood.

Fiordiluna isn’t fancy and its outer walls are decorated with graffiti, as happens in Rome’s tourist-friendly Trastevere neighborhood. You’ll find what matters most inside the shop – great gelato.

This Trastevere gelato shop began sourcing organic ingredients from a cadre of small producers decades ago. This trendy practice is nothing new to owner Aldo Pasquarella who champions both ancient production methods and the fair trade movement.

Fiordiluna Gelato Cone in Street in Rome
We quickly photographed this gelato cone since we didn’t want it to melt before we tasted Aldo Pasquarella creative flavor combinations.

While Pasquarella’s productions methods are admirable, his creamy gelato flavors are the main draw at Fiordiluna. His Dueto gelato, a mishmash of pistachios and hazelnuts with dark chocolate, is the compact gelato shop’s most notable flavor while his Novellina gelato is a close second with its combination of custard and cookies.

We tried both of those creative flavors during our visit. As to which was our favorite, we agree to disagree yet again. That being said, we agree that both were winners.

Pro Tip
Order a scoop of gelato produced without sugar if you follow a sugar-free eating plan.

Fiordiluna has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Via della Lungaretta, 96, 00153 Roma RM, Italy.

13. Gelateria Mastro Cono

Mastro Cono in Rome
Gelateria Mastro Cono is literally two steps from the Pantheon.

Located less than a block from the Pantheon, Gelateria Mastro Cono isn’t featured in many ‘Best Gelato in Rome’ lists yet. However, we suspect that situation will be changing quickly. How could it not?

Not only is this ‘cone master’ super convenient to one of the city’s most iconic sites, but its artisan gelato is a solid choice when you need good gelato right away. Hey, it gets hot in Rome during the summer months.

Gelato Cone at Mastro Cono in Rome
Mastro Cono gelato cone is a solid choice when you’re at the Pantheon and you need excellent gelato NOW!

We found Gelateria Mastro Cono the old fashioned way – we literally bumped into it while exploring Rome by foot. Feeling a bit peckish, we simply couldn’t resist the shop’s cute design and its sign promising artigianale (i.e. artisinal) gelato.

Within minutes of entering the shop, we were sharing two tasty gelato flavors – Variegato with blended sweet cream and fresh sour cherries and Malaga, a combination of sweet wine with raisins. Together, they were heaven on a cone.

Pro Tip
Quickly take a photo of your gelato with a view of the Pantheon. The cone will cost a few euros but the photo will create priceless gelato memories.

Gelateria Mastro Cono has multiple locations in Rome. We visited the shop located at Via del Seminario, 92, 00186 Roma RM, Italy.

14. Neve di Latte

Gelato Cone at Neve di Latte in Rome
Adding a dollop of whipped cream transformed our Neve di Latte cone from good to great.

Neve di Latte literally translates to milk snow, a phrase which likely has significance in its native language. However, for us as English speakers, we found the significance at Neve di Latte in the simple scoops of gelato on top of our cone.

Sure, we could have chosen more exotic flavors. However, simplicity ruled the day at this gelateria which was simultaneously fancier and friendlier compared to many Rome gelato shops in this guide. Case in point – we didn’t have to ask for panna montata – it was offered to us.

And the best part… Neve di Latte has a bathroom, not a given at many of the best Rome gelato shops.

Gelato Counter at Neve di Latte in Rome
We were temporarily overwhelmed by the rainbow of flavors at Neve di Latte.

Calling our double decker gelato cone simple is actually a bit of a misnomer. The deep purple blueberry gelato burst with flavor while the dark chocolate gelato, made with 85% African chocolate and raw Brazilian cane sugar, was chock full of chocolate shards.

In other words, our gelato cone was divine.

Pro Tip
Grab a table, take a seat and relax while you eat your gelato cone at Neve di Latte. Also, don’t forget to use the facilities!

Neve di Latte has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Via Federico Cesi, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.

15. Gelateria del Viale

Gelateria del Viale in Rome
Grafiti can’t hide the charms that await within Gelateria del Viale.

Gelateria del Viale has been making Trastevere sweeter since 1985. The pint-sized gelato shop serves gelato one cone at a time to a stream of locals and tourists who patiently queue next to graffiti and parked bikes.

After joining the queue and tasting the gelato, we understand the allure.

Gelato Cup at Gelateria del Viale in Rome
Everyone screams for ice cream in Rome.

Choosing from 23 flavors that included rose petal and white mint was a challenge that somehow ended with scoops of mango and strawberry gelato in our cup. Two spoonfuls quickly became ten and before we knew it both scoops were but a sweet memory.

Pro Tip
Include Gelateria del Viale in your Trastevere gelato crawl. You should also include Otaleg, Fatamorgana and Fiordiluna.

Gelateria del Viale is located at Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, 9F, 00153 Roma RM, Italy.

16. Il Gelato di San Crispino

Il Gelato de San Crispino in Rome
It would be easy to walk past Il Gelato di San Crispino but that would be a mistake.

Open for more than 20 years, Il Gelato di San Crispino is perpetually crowded despite having limited flavors and two tiny tables.

Some of the crowd ambles to the tiny gelateria after tossing three coins into the Trevi Fountain while others bump into the gelateria while walking to or from the Pantheon. Then there are those who make a pilgrimage to eat gelato where Elizabeth Gilbert had her Eat, Pray, Love moments. We went for the gelato.

Gelato Cup and Sign at Il Gelato di San Crispino in Rome
We appreciated the big flavors inside our simple cup of gelato at Il Gelato di San Crispino.

Il Gelato di San Crispino serves its gelato in cups and without fanfare. Accordingly, we ordered a cup with two scoops – a scoop of the gelateria’s signature Crema gelato and a scoop of Ginger and Cinnamon.

We appreciated the purity of both flavors produced with seasonal ingredients and without additives. They paired so well together that we didn’t miss extras like panna montata for a moment.

Pro Tip
Order a gelato made with Amragnac or Marsala if you want a little something extra in your gelato.

Il Gelato di San Crispino has multiple Rome locations. We visited the gelateria located at Via della Panetteria, 42, 00187 Roma RM, Italy.

17. Dolci Desideri Gelateria Tony

Gelateria Tony in Rome
Dolci Desideri Gelateria Tony’s unassuming exterior spoke to us with its old-school decor and graffitied walls.

Popular with locals since it scooped its first cones more than 50 years ago, Dolci Desideri Gelateria Tony creates a range of gelato flavors in its on-site laboratory. Some of these flavors are filled with ingredients like Nutella and pistachios while others simply feature locally sourced fruits and cream.

Ironically, Gelateria Tony isn’t on many ‘best gelato in Rome’ listicles despite its artisinal gelato. That’s too bad since most travelers are missing out on some of the city’s best gelato as well as the shop’s gelato take on spaghetti and fried eggs.

Cannoli Gelato at Gelateria Tony in Rome
Gelateria Tony’s Cannolo gelato takes the Sicilian pastry to a new level.

We’d like to claim that we discovered Dolci Desideri Gelateria Tony after hours of research but that wouldn’t be true. Instead, we literally bumped into the unassuming shop while walking to the tram stop after eating pizza at La Gatta Mangiona. Luckily, we had just enough stomach space to justify a wee bit of gelato.

Gelato Cup at Gelateria Tony in Rome
Good things hid within this cup of Cannolo gelato at Dolci Desideri Gelateria Tony.

Dazzled by options that included a colorful Sicilian Cassata and Indispensable, a new-to-us flavor which combines pistachios with amarena cherries, we went big by ordering a cup of Cannolo with candied orange, chocolate chips and pastry shells.

Reaching the bottom of the cup, we made sure to scrape out every last bit before we caught our tram. Next time we’re not sharing.

Pro Tip
Purchase a frozen Tiramisu treat to enjoy in your hotel room or apartment.

Gelateria Tony has multiple locations. We visited the gelateria located at Piazza S. Giovanni di Dio, 1, 00152 Roma RM, Italy.

Additional Rome Gelato Shops

Cones at Come il Latte in Rome
The number of gelato shops in Romes is mind boggling. Which one will be your favorite?

Our favorite 17 gelato shops will satisfy most food travelers who venture to Rome. If you’re truly gelato-obsessed or visiting Rome for an extended time, you should also try one or more of these additional Rome gelato shops:

Gelato in Rome FAQs

What’s the difference between gelato and ice cream?

Gelato has more milk and less cream compared to ice cream. It’s also delicious.

Is gelato good in Rome?

Most gelato in Rome is good. The gelato at our recommended gelato shops is great.

What is the best gelato in Rome?

While Come il Latte is our favorite Rome gelato shop, the best way to answer this question is to taste them all yourself.

Where did Anthony Bourdain eat gelato in Rome?

Anthony Bourdain ate gelato at Gelateria dei Gracci when he film the first season of The Layover in Rome.

Where did Phil Rosenthal eat gelato in Rome?

Phil Rosenthal has not yet filmed an episode of Somebody Feed Phil in Rome.

Where did Stanley Tucci eat gelato in Rome?

Stanley Tucci skipped Rome’s gelato shops when he filmed the first season of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. You’ll have to rely on our recommendations instead.

Is gelato expensive in Rome?

No. In fact, most Roman gelato shops are highly affordable.

Is tipping necessary in Rome?

No. Tipping is optional in Italy.

What’s the best time to eat gelato in Rome.

This is a trick question since it’s always a good time to eat gelato in Rome.

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Hungry for More Gelato?

Check out our gelato guides for Bologna, Naples, Venice and Verona as well as our ice cream guide for Lisbon.

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About the Authors

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Original Publication Date: February 11, 2021

Nicole

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

I lived in Rome for a while and my favorite gelato place is Old Bridge, which I don't see on anyone's list. To me, Old Bridge has THE best gelato in Rome. It's also one of the oldest.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Thanks for the tip!

Bob

Saturday 16th of July 2022

I’m in Rome now starting my second of three weeks so of course I’ve been making my way around the city trying out various gelato shops and while I’ve agreed with a couple of your recommendations so far, namely Il Gelato di San Crispino and the great Come il Latte, I believe that Fatamorgana doesn’t deserve inclusion on your list simply because to my tastebuds what they served was just ok but the micro-scoops they dish out left me irritated after walking across town to get there. Not worth the effort

Luca

Monday 25th of July 2022

@Bob, you’re definitely not from Rome if you say that FATA MORGANA is just ok. I’m a tour guide. And I’m a gelato connoisseur. Fata Morgana is simply the best gelateria on this list.