The apartment we rented happened to be just around the corner from Vivoli, Florence’s most famous gelateria, so right after dropping off our luggage at the apartment we began the kid’s gelato education there. And from there, this important phase of their gustatory education continued through our days in Florence:
- Visiting David at the Accademia? Stop at Carabé and sample their Sicilian take on the chilly delight.
- Strolling over to Piazza Signoria? Stop at Neri (via dei Neri 26r) on the way (I’m a licorice gelato fanatic and theirs is one of the best!)
- On your way to the carousel on Piazza della Republica? Festival di Gelato on via del Corso will quench your thirst and your sweet tooth.
- Preparing to climb the Campanile? Fortify yourself with one of Grom’s delicious flavors.
“No, Gran, this is NOT gelato.”
It looked like it! But just didn’t have the taste and consistency.
That very weekend, a new gelateria opened up within walking distance from our house, so one evening we walked over and joined the long line snaking out the door. Would this be the real thing?
And the hunt continued as we spent a long weekend in Naples, Florida with the family. They live in Orlando, and have not been able to find any authentic gelato there, and our daughter Sunshine, a terrific researcher and planner, had read about one in Naples. So after a fun afternoon at the beach, we sought out Freddo. I can still taste the salty caramel gelato – one of the best I’ve ever had.
I’ve heard that Grom has opened a couple of outlets in New York City – we’ll have to try that out next time we’re there. We can imagine standing in the shadow of Florence’s campanile (yes, Torino is the home of Grom, but we’ve only tasted their gelato in Florence) while licking our cones.
Any other gelato finds in your part of the world? Pass on the hints so we can all enjoy it!
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the Languedoc in the south of France. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.