Florence is know for its rich history and incredible architecture, but any good foodie knows that it is a gelato lovers paradise! I spent 4 months living in Florence a few years ago and basically lived off gelato. The upside is that I sampled various shops across the city and can now give you this comprehensive guide on where to find the best gelato in Florence.
Gelateria dei Neri
Via Blacks 9 / 11R, 50122, Florence, Italy
This little shop is tucked away on a street just behind the Ufizzi. I passed this shop on my way to class several times a day, and sampled probably every flavor they had. The prices at Gelateria dei Neri are much cheaper than similar shops around and the gelato is rich & creamy. It’s nice to grab something from here and wander around the statues on display in the Piazza della Signoria.
Best Flavor: Nutella and Ricotta Fig are highlights!
Festival de Gelato
Via del Corso,75 R, Florence, Italy
Typically the gelaterias near the tourist centers should be avoided if you want authentic gelato, however Festival de Gelato is worth the stop. With its bright neon lights to pull you in this gelateria seals the deal with some unique and delicious flavors! This shop is in a prime location, so grab some gelato and people watch on Via dei Calzaiuoli.
Best Flavor: Their pistachio is amazing but if you are craving fruity flavors, don’t miss the watermelon!
Via dell’Isola delle Stinche, 7/r, Firenze, Italy
Vivoli is pretty much in every guide book that you can find on Florence. This shop, located near Santa Croce, is ridiculously busy but worth any line. In fact, Vivoli is so popular and delicious that it opened a location in Disney Springs, right outside of Walt Disney World, last year!
Best Flavor: The stracciatella is amazing and the limone packs a punch!
Via del Campanile, 2, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Grom is world famous for its gelato and has locations across the globe. Its fame is well earned and you would be mistaken to skip it on your tour of Florence’s best gelaterias. This chain is relatively new, having only been in business since 2002, but prides itself on using the old techniques to make their product authentic!
Best flavor: Crema come una volta. This translates to cream how it used to be, playing on their commitment to be authentic in their gelato making process. It’s also extremely delicious!
Via dei Tavolini, 19R, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Perchè no translates to “why not?” in Italian and it’s the perfect name for this amazing little gelateria. I suggest taking your gelato to go and sitting in the nearby Piazza della Republica. It’s a great spot for people watching and there are often some amazing street musicians. You might be feeling like you’re eating too much gelato on this trip but go ahead and treat yourself. After all, Perchè no!
Best flavor: Their lavender flavor is very unique and quite tasty.
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25-red, 50124 Firenze, Italy
La Carraia is my favorite gelateria in Florence. It was just a short walk from my apartment and I would enjoy my gelato on the Ponte alla Carraia which has a stunning view of the Ponte Vecchio. La Carraia also has a second smaller shop in the city by Santa Croce.
Best Flavor: Get both the chocolate and strawberry cheesecake flavors for a decedent treat! Seriously this combination is the best gelato in Florence!
Piazza del Duomo, 45R, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Edoardo gelateria creates their gelato from all organic products so their ice-cream is free of all additives and preservatives. You can also watch them make their handmade cones in the shop.
Best Flavors: The wine sorbets are to die for— try the red or white for a delicious night cap!
Gelateria Della Passera
Via Toscanella, 15/red, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Stroll on over to the Oltrarno, otherwise known as the area of the city on the other side of the Arno river, to discover the hidden gem that is Gelateria Della Passera! You can stop here to grab gelato for your walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of the city.
Best flavor: Their mojito is a refreshing choice on a hot day.
Pro tip: If you’re not feeling the hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo, the nearby Boboli Gardens are a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
This is just a handful of the amazing gelaterias in Florence. You can find a shop on almost every street, so why not give them all a try and determine the best gelato in Florence yourself!
Did I miss your pick for the best gelato in Florence? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out next time I’m there!