Gnammi Gnammi...Ice Cream!!!

God's Own Ice Cream

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

When is really hot, eat always a good Ice - Cream !!

Although not quite the ice cream mecca Florence is, Rome's gelato is still heavenly.

Any gelateria (ice cream parlor) that advertises produzione propria (homemade) will have a high-quality, tasty stock, but who has the best gelato in town?

Well, that's a question fiercely debated by any and all ice cream lovers.

First, a few ground rules:

  • Don't call it ice cream. First thing to know, to call gelato "ice cream" is insulting to gelato and unfair to ice cream. Gelato is much richer, smoother, and more flavorful than ice cream.

    It is churned, not whipped (as is most traditional American ice cream), so it is far denser, giving it a richer mouth feel. Gelato also is not as laden with sugar and cream, so the subtle tastes of its flavoring comes through much better than in ice cream.
  • Get it at a gelateria: Second thing to know, gelato is something you go out for at a special parlor called a gelateria, and most of it is consumed during the early evening passeggiata stroll—not that gelaterie aren't equally busy during the heat of midday, or late at night...

    I mention this because, unlike in America, gelato is not typically eaten after a meal—or at least you typically don't order it at the restaurant.

    Restaurants often do offer "gelato" on their dessert menus, but this is almost always of the pre-packaged variety. This is fine (I'm partial to a tartufo, a Gobstopper-like sphere of vanilla, chocolate, and fudge dusted with cocoa) but it's not real gelato.

  • Cram in as many flavors as you can think of: Third thing to know, you pay by the size of the coppa (cup) or cono (cone), not by the scoop. That means you can (and are encouraged to) squeeze two or even three flavors into even the smallest cup.

    Italians taught me that even unusual pairs go great together; a personal favorite: cioccolato e limone (chocolate gelato and lemon sorbetto). No, really; try it.

    (Also most Italians order by the cup; the cone is a fun—if messy—American addition to the options, but not too popular).
  • The best gelaterie in Rome

    ★★★ San Crispino - Everyone's favorite "secret gelateria," which is code for "not (yet) crammed with tourists". In point of fact, it's a pretty poorly kept secret, for which we should all be thankful... Full story

    ★★ Caffè Giolitti - Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900 and still serving the best classic Roman ice cream... Full story

    Tre Scalini - Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo, a gelato gobstopper with a cherry in the center... Full story

    The granita cart - On warm, Roman summer nights, the last remaining traditional shave-ice stand in Rome parks on the banks of the Tiber River in Trastevere.... Full story

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      Experience Rome with a magical evening in an exclusive environment - see the eternal city from the water while enjoying outstanding Italian cuisine!

      Boarding Point: Sant'Angelo Pier (opposite Sant’Angelo Castle, on the left bank)
      Cruise Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes approximately
      Departure Time: 9:00pm (customers are required to arrive 15 minutes before the departure)
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      The Tiber Cruise Service includes:

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      • Wine and soft drinks are not included in the basic price.
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    • Wonderful terms of Caracalla…


      Caracalla (188-217) was a Roman emperor whose reign was characterized by cruelty in his private life and irresponsibility in his public life.

      Son of Emperor Septimius Severus and his Syrian empress, Julia Domna, Caracalla was originally named Bassianus. His father renamed him Marcus Aurelius Antoninus in 196 (Severus pretended to have been adopted into the prestigious Antonine family of emperors), but the boy was commonly called Caracalla from a Gallic cloak he affected.

      Caracalla was named caesar (successor-designate) by his father in 196 during Severus's struggle with his rival, Albinus. Two years later Caracalla was promoted to the rank of augustus, or coemperor. His younger brother, Geta, received the same rank in 209. Both boys were with their father in Britain when he died in 211, leaving them corulers of the empire. Caracalla straightway returned to Rome, where the long-standing animosity between the brothers led Caracalla in 212 to assassinate Geta as he cowered in his mother's arms. Those that indicated disapproval were executed, but Caracalla secured the loyalty of the troops by a donative and raise in pay.

      Caracalla fancied himself a military genius, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great. In 213 he led an expedition against the Germanic Alamanni, who threatened the northern frontiers. He defeated some and bought off others, while completing permanent fortifications in the area. In 214 he campaigned on the Danube. Meanwhile, he raised a phalanx of Macedonian troops so that he could proceed on an expedition to the East, in perfect emulation of his great hero, Alexander.

      Caracalla reached Antioch in Syria in 215. But his ambition to create a Romano-Iranian empire was at first thwarted by the reluctance of the Parthian king to quarrel. Caracalla thereupon made a trip to Alexandria, where, in his resentment at the citizens' traditional liberty of speech, he assembled the city's youth and had them massacred by the army.

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      A discussion of Caracalla by S. N. Miller is in S. A. Cook and others, eds., Cambridge Ancient History, vol. 12 (1939). See also H. M. D. Parker, A History of the Roman World from A.D. 138 to 337 (1935; rev. ed. 1958).


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  • You need Internet and a Caffè??


    Online at the Launderette: Il Massello
    Why waste time while you’re waiting for the dryer? Computer screens line the entrance to this laundromat. Put a few coins in the slot and you can create and print documents as well as surf the net. There are also phone booths providing low rates for international calls.
    Via San Francesco a Ripa, 62 (Trastevere)
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    Online at the Wine Bar: Good
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    Via di Santa Dorotea 89 (Trastevere) tel 06 97277979 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            06 97277979      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

    Online at the Museum: Museo del Corso
    The Museo del Corso in the heart of Rome's most active shopping street, offers a sleek internet cafe in the lobby. You can see the exhibition and then write home about it without leaving the premises.
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    Villa-Borghese-Torre dell'Acquamarcia
    Villa Borghese-La Meridiana
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    Villa Borghese-Via dell'Aranciera
    Villa Borghese-Casina Valadier
    Piazza di Pietra
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