The must-have flavours of Florence's best ice cream parlours
Fancy some ice cream? Here are the flavours you should try at least once in your life in the city
With the arrival of fine weather, ice cream is always the best option, and even as far as cold art is concerned, Florence offers many good insignias, all focusing on the quality of the products, the freshness of the raw materials and careful processing.
But our journey this time follows a different map, that of the must-try flavours of inimitable ice-cream parlours. Come with us!
LA CREMA BUONTALENTI DELLA GELATERIA BADIANI
Viale dei Mille, 20r
ph. +39 055 578682
In 1979, Florentine shopkeepers held a competition to commemorate the well-known Florentine architect Bernardo Buontalenti. The Badiani ice-cream parlour entered and won the prize with an ice-cream called 'Buontalenti', made with cream, milk, sugar and eggs. Thus was born the flavour that has embroidered the city's ice-cream tradition, and also the most imitated by Florentine ice-cream parlours. Delivery also on Deliveroo and Just Eat.
LA PASSERA ICE-CREAM PARLOUR CAFÉ
Via Toscanella, 15/red
ph. +39 055 6142071
Cinzia Otri was not born an ice-cream maker, in fact she approached the world of ice-cream at an early age but has learnt the techniques and secrets of artisan ice-cream in a short time. Cinzia's style today is unmistakable: attention to local producers and seasonal raw materials. In fact, she uses milk from a local farm, produces organically and is 100% sustainable. Not to be missed among others is the coffee flavour, bitter and ristretto to the right point, it is a must for all customers.
LA CREMA VIVOLI DI VIVOLI
Via Isola delle Stinche, 7r
ph. +39 055 292334
Vivoli, one of Florence's historic ice-cream parlours, in the heart of Santa Croce. A gem? His ice cream served in the wine cellar. Don't miss the cream named after him, Vivoli in fact. Few but good ingredients: milk, sugar, eggs and dextrose. Without other flavourings. Order it poached in espresso coffee (in this case it is called Crema Caffè) in the classic porcelain cup or in take-away format. Also try the Zabaione, a real delicacy.
IL GUSTO DELIZIA DELLA GELATERIA LA CARRAIA
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25
ph. +39 055 280695
Open for 23 years, it is famous for the creaminess and freshness of its ice cream, which is prepared several times during the day. The real must? The mouth-watering Delizia La Carraia flavour with white chocolate and pralined Bronte pistachios in sauce. For palates looking for something out of the ordinary, here are the gourmet ice creams: try the Castagnaccio flavour with pralined sweet rosemary, toasted pine nuts, sultanas and roasted chestnut sauce, or the Noci e Fichi flavour. To be enjoyed in waffles and walking brioche. Home delivery on Deliveroo, Glovo and Uber U. Don't miss the tasting pack with a selection of 6 scoops of ice cream.
IL GUSTO PROCOPIO DE IL PROCOPIO
Via Pietrapiana 60r
ph. +39 055 2346014
High quality raw materials and very special flavours for this strictly artisanal ice-cream parlour. The winning flavour of an edition of the Firenze Gelato Festival is named after the ice-cream parlour. In the Procopio flavour you will taste Avola almond, pistachio sauce and candied orange peel. The death of it? The pistachio dop di Bronte flavour and Don Raffae', coffee-flavoured ice cream.
IL CARAMELLO AL SALE DELLA CANTINA DEL GELATO
Via de' Bardi, 31
ph. +39 055 0501617
Borgo la Croce, 30/r
ph. +39 055 5320334
A young, contemporary ice cream parlour that you can find in two locations in the heart of the city. Top quality, fresh and genuine ingredients. There are two top flavours: Caramello al Sale made with water, caramel and pink salt, and Croccantino al Rum with milk and rum nougat.