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Like spaghetti alla carbonara, gelato is easy to find in the centre of Rome, and as any self-respecting foodie can tell you, leaving the Eternal City without sampling its creamy and rich gelato is like committing an unpardonable sin. Be sure to look for a sign saying "artigianale" or "produzione propria", for real home made gelato. Here are some of the best gelaterie where you can sit down or grab a creamy delight on-the-go. 



There are plenty of ordinary gelaterie around the Campo de' Fiori but it's worth searching out Carapina. High-quality ingredients go into the gelato here and the flavours are wondefully unique, from extra-virgin olive oil flavor to gelato al vin santo (flavored with the Tuscan wine famous for biscotti dipping) to Crema del Artusi (egg-based, vanilla custard). More mainstream options like nougat and strawberry are standouts, too. Winter may be the best time to eat gelato, since it doesn't melt so fast.

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Il Gelato di San Crispino

You might recognize the shop from a cameo in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. This popular parlour is definitely the place to go if you want a delicious iced treat in the shadow of the Pantheon. Try pistacchio, nocciola (hazelnut) or zenzero e cannella (ginger and cinnamon). There are no cones – gelato is only served in paper cups.

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Gelateria Venchi

Established in 1878, Venchi is one of Italy's premier chocolate and confectionary makers and you'll see the brand all over the country. At this brick-and-mortar shop, you can buy chocolate as well as artisanal gelato, made fresh daily. The nougat and caramel flavors are fabulous, and of course there are several different chocolate variations to choose from.

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Gelateria del Teatro

Not far from Piazza Navona, this is one of the top gelaterie in the city. Enjoy its creamy, artisan-style gelato made from scratch every day, using ingredients like pistachios from Bronte (Sicily) and hazelnuts from Piedmont. Classic flavours like strawberry, lemon, and chocolate are available, but get adventurous and try interesting combinations like cherry and ricotta, raspberry and sage, lemon cheesecake, and even beer-flavoured gelato.

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