Visitors often ask us which is the best gelato shop in Florence. We’ve tried practically all of them and can report that gelato in Florence on the whole is great in plenty of places! But if we absolutely have to choose to make a list of the five best gelato shops in Florence, here’s our very personal — and definitely open to debate — selection. Go ahead and try them all and tell us if you think we’re right — or wrong!
Gelateria La Carraia
Location – Ponte alla Carraia e via Verdi
They have a great selection of flavors — including their specialty house flavor “La Carraia” — and the best cheese cake gelato in town! And they’re sure not stingy with the portions!!!! One of the best gelato shops in Florence! In the evenings, you might find a line out the door — it’s a popular place. They also have great ice cream cakes.
Location — in front of the famous Loggia of the “Porcellino” with the boar fountain for which it is named.
Only open for only two years, they make artisanal gelato and sorbets. Though the selection is small, the gelato is good. They specialize in chocolate flavors — their white chocolate is really special (mmm… so delicious!!!).
Location – via borgo Ognissanti
A pretty new gelato shop, it opened about two years ago, located at the end of Via Borgo Ognissanti at Via di Porta a Prato (not super central).
Their selection is varied and the gelato isn’t overly sweet, so we suggest it for those of you who like gelato that goes easy on the sugar. Servings are more generous here than in many other shops. So if you like your gelato heaped on, you’re in the right place!
Location – Via dell’Isola delle Stinche 7 red
Located near the Teatro Verdi, Vivoli is the oldest and most famous gelato shop in Florence. The gelato is good, but the prices are a bit steep for their serving sizes. But definitely worth trying, as Vivoli is a veritable institution, part of Florence’s history!
Location – Via del Campanile 2
Grom is tucked away in a side street off of Via dei Calzaiuoli, around the corner from the Duomo. Grom is a chain found in many cities, in Italy and elsewhere. It’s really good, and there is usually a pretty big line to get in. The portions are rather small, but they are famous for making gelato exclusively with organic, seasonal fruit!
English translation by Miriam Hurley