I know the High Renaissance churches and ancient remains that I’ve been studying in my classes are important and I’ve been trying to place these monuments within the context of the city, but, if I’m going to be honest, no unifying Roman factor has been as important to me as gelato. My aim to create a perfectly accurate hierarchy of gelato flavors and locations has taken precedent over many things throughout the past month. I feel as if I’ve tackled a lot of ground, but there is definitely more fieldwork to be done. My findings thus far:
Old Bridge Gelateria
Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo, 5
Old Bridge is known among most of the Temple students here because it’s only a short walk away from the residence. The crowd surrounding the shop (actually, it’s little more than a counter) was an initial signal of greatness. The gelato is beyond tasty here. I’ve only had a few of the flavors, but my friends can attest for the others; I’ve yet to find someone who has met an Old Bridge gelato flavor they didn’t like. The servers are young and friendly and good people with which to practice your Italian. And once you’ve gotten your treat, you can easily stroll to nearby St. Peter’s Square-a must-see at night!
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Piazza della Maddalena, 3
This gem is right off the Piazza della Rotonda, or the site of the Pantheon. I read about San Crispino in my guide book, and when I stumbled upon it the other day, I couldn’t resist trying it. One word: debilitating. I had white peach and hazelnut and the combination was so refreshing and delicious. In comparison to other places, San Crispino is a little pricey, but I contend that it’s a necessary stop on any legitimate gelato tour.
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a
Millenium is also a gelateria near the residence, but I feel like it’s less appreciated in comparison to Old Bridge. I dare to say that the gelato is better here! There are also more flavors and it is a much shorter walk, so I’m definitely Team Millenium. The surrounding piazza is lively at night and every flavor I try becomes my new favorite. I especially recommend their frutti di bosco, or a blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry mixture.
These have been my favorite gelato spots thus far. I feel as if I will be able to teach a “Gelato 101” course before I leave Rome, and I might have to buy a new wardrobe to accommodate my growing addiction. I’m seeing (and eating my way through) the city, one gelateria at a time!