One of the things I look forward to in Italy is the gelato. And on this trip I was determined to sample gelato everywhere I went. It wasn’t easy, but I’d challenged myself and I did my best to go to as many gelato shops as I could. So while I was in Italy I had at least one a day. But it was in the name of research, and I decided to eat as much as possible to provide accurate information.
Later I realized I could never say who has the best gelato. Because it’s always so delicious, I enjoyed a refreshing gelato from a stand near the Vatican just as much as one from a specialty shop in Venice. One difference was that in smaller places there weren’t as many choices. But this didn’t matter because I like flavors such as vanilla just fine. But there was a flavor in San Gimignano that I’ll never forget: a Nutella/hazelnut combination! That gelato was delicious and I nearly went back for a second one immediately. Another flavor I really enjoyed was crème brulee. It was so tasty that I may have (momentarily) forgotten to admire the beautiful scenery.
An important thing to remember about the gelato in Italy is that the portions are quite small. I usually bought the smallest size, which was surprisingly satisfying. I’d buy it in a waffle cone, but many people seemed to prefer cups. I would also get one of those tiny spoons to try to make it last longer.
I’ll continue with this journal and focus on some special places with excellent gelato. And one of the best things about eating gelato in Italy is that I got so much exercise walking up and down hills (and flights of stairs) that the calories didn’t really count. Or so I keep telling myself…