Mission Gelato – Gelato in Italy
I was in Italy and on a mission – To eat as much of gelato in Italy as possible and hopefully take in the sights as well.
Even though I had googled, read reviews and shortlisted the gelato places I needed to try, once there I had gelato order envy. Every time I passed a person eating a melting cup of gelato I wanted to run up and ask where they had got it and how it tasted. Imagining their looks and my lack of Italian stopped me.
So here I was on day one after the Vatican tour with only one thing on my mind ‘Been here 18 hours and where is my gelato in Italy?’
Armed with GPS, friends who were lets say mostly willing, hubby with no choice and two kids in prams we headed to Gelateria dei gracchi. After walking in circles and ignoring the lets just eat in the next one, we finally managed to get my gelato at gelato di claudio torcè. Okay not the one we were searching for but this was on my list too. The flavours were very natural and real tasting-pistachio, lemon and hazelnut being my favorite.
Another place I literally stopped every two steps to either drool or taste the gelatos was the walk from the Duomo to Ponte Vecchio in Florence. I didn’t google this time, the glutton instincts just took over. Most of the shops have huge metal tubs with natural looking gelatos. Take your time and sample a few as you walk down the renaissance era Florence offers.
B.Ice, near the Santa Maria Novella Station, is one of the last places I had gelato from before leaving . I had a train to catch in ten minutes, was pushing a pram, carrying luggage on steep cobbled streets and it had started to drizzle. Ignoring all common sense, batting puppy eyes at hubby dearest I ducked in for my favorite gelato flavours. And I am glad I did.