1. Frigidarium, Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Roma
Frigidarium delivers – hands down – the best gelato in all of Rome. We walked by on our way to Castel Sant Angelo and saw the long line of local Romans patiently waiting to get their ice cream. So we decided to join the queue. It was well worth the wait, because the ice cream was freshly made and tasted divine. Both my son and I love liquorizia and when the kind lady behind the counter saw the disappointment in our faces, when we discovered they were out of our favourite icecream, she ran out the back to get another batch fresh out of the freezer. The full taste of raw licorice melting in my mouth was divine! Other favourites were mango, strawberry, watermelon and white chocolate.
2. Blue Ice, Via Dei Baullari, 141, 00186 Roma
Blue Ice in Via Dei Baullari was probably the gelateria we visited the most. It is right off Campo Di Fiori and we passed by so many times. So we had a go, both during the day and when we needed a little dessert in the evening, when we walked home to our apartment. The favourites here were mango, melon, liqourizia and my husbands favourite: Amarena with wild cherries and tiramisu
3. Origini gelateria, Via del Gesù, 73a, 00186 Roma
Origini Gelataria was a little gem, which we found after a visit to the Pantheon. We walked by our favourite Bernini sculpture, the elephant obelisk, in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and 200 meters up the street we found Origini and decided it was time for a break.
It is a wonderful little gelateria, with colorful tiles as decoration and most of the gelato is organically produced. The flavors are very clean and natural, which we very much enjoyed. The strawberry and melon were a big hit and tasted deliciously natural. Very refreshing ice cream to enjoy in the heat.
4. Punto Gelato
(Günther), Via dei Pettinari, 43,
We came across Punto Gelato on our evening stroll. There is a very good selection of many flavors and it is usually open until midnight on most days. The ice cream is produced on site. The favorites here were strawberry, fig, pesca and vanilla. We did not try their special “cioccolato extra fondente”, which is made of 75% cocoa from Venezuela. But we will absolutely give it a go the next time we are in the neighborhood
5. Il Baretto Rome, Via della Conciliazione, 6/8, 00193 Roma
Il Baretto is not the most charming of places, but the location is perfect. It is right on the long sweltering walk to Saint Peters square and we passed just in time to prevent a rebellion. They have a wide selection of flavours ranging from the classic pistacchio to limone and cioccolato. However, the boys went with the safe choice of strawberry and pesca, which was good enough to cool them right down again.
Il Baretto is also a café with a nice selection of pizzas and sandwiches to eat at the café or grab and go. And it has a toilet. So all in all a good pitstop on our way to the Vatican City and Saint Peters Church.