Where to Find the Best Gelato in Florence

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If you’re wondering where to find the best gelato in Florence, look no further. As a self confessed gelato addict and personally appointed sweets enthusiast, I have been to Florence a number of times to try, taste and delight over the incredible creamy textures and rich flavours of the best gelato in Italy. Here are the top picks (in order of preference!)


Top 10: Best Gelato in Florence

1. La Carraia

Although it might seem a little far in the distance when consulting a map, La Carraia, located on the Oltranro side of the river is extremely worth the walk. Besides, the more you walk out of your way to get the gelato, the more you can indulge once there! The best idea is to pick three flavours and learn what you like, followed by a later visit for your favourite flavour(s) or just try a few more! You really can’t go wrong – this is perhaps the best gelato in the world. The prices are also a steal (presumably thanks to their location a little out of the way) with a baby cone on offer at just 1 euro. The portion servings are very generous, so be sure to arrive hungry or after a light lunch only – you’ll want to save plenty of room for these creamy creations!

Location: Piazza Sauro Nazario, 25/R – Ponte alla Carraia (on the Oltrarno side) & Carraia 2 on Via dei Benci

2. Badiani 

Due to its other offerings (as a pastry shop, coffee AND gelateria), Badiani comes in at second place as it offers a great light breakfast in the morning, followed by gelato in the afternoon/evenings. Without a doubt the flavour of choice to try is “Buontalenti”, which was named after the man who is said to have invented gelato itself back in the 15th Century.

Location: Viale dei Mille, 20, about 4 blocks from the stadium

3. Carapina 

This gelatria prides itself on using on the freshest ingredients to create its wonderfully creamy creations, making it one of the best places to go for gelato in Florence. Because of their commitment to keeping the gelato fresh, the flavours are limited and seasonally on offer. This is perhaps the best place to go for fruity flavours.

Location: Via Lambertesca, 18 and Piazza Oberdan, 2r

4. Grom

If you like your gelato rich and full of flavour in just one small spoonful, then you really can’t go past Grom. After such success in Florence they have since opened numerous stores across the world in locations like Manhattan, Paris, and Tokyo. What makes their gelato so unique is that they source only the best ingredients from all over the world, such as cocoa beans from Venezuela and Colombia (hence I would really recommend the chocolate flavour!!!)

Location: Via del Campanile – corner with Via delle Oche (right side of the Duomo)

5. Gelateria de’Neri

If you like your flavours a little more inventive and sometimes on the whacky side, head on over to Gelateria de’Neri for a fantastic range of playful flavours with incredible tastes. The caramel is rich and creamy (a must try!), but flavours like chocolate and hot chilli with pistachio will surprise and enlighten your tastebuds. Be sure to try a few flavours to see what you fancy/could do without!

Location: Via dei Neri 9/10r


This list could go on and on as Florence is full of gelaterias, however you really needn’t venture beyond this list – you’ll find the creme de la creme in the above locations! And if I’m to be completely honest, I personally wouldn’t venture beyond La Carraia (#1) – it really can’t be beat!

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    sophie nadeau
    July 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Gelato is the best… and I love Florence!

    Miranda Risser
    July 6, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I absolutely adored my time in Florence and, of course, the gelato scene 🙂 La Carraia was one of my absolute favorite and I would always stop there on my trips across the river (I lived on the Duomo side.) The 1 euro cone was a life-saver as a study abroad student on a budget! Did you get a chance to grab Gusta pizza while you were there?

    Bridget @ A Traveling B
    June 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    There is nothing as important as mapping the best gelato places in Italy! Will be saving this list for when I return to Florence!

    June 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Looks so yummy! Beautiful images

    June 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I was in Florence few months ago but I don’t think I tried any of these! But I must say, I easily became and addict as it is about italian gelato!
    I definitely save this recommendations as I surely plan to go back there and explore this incredible city again!

    June 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Being a gelato addict myself, saving this list for when i go!! mmmmm

    June 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I always thought Bologna was the place but I’m ready to leave now for Firenze.
    YUM.the best gelato will always be in Italy!

    Sasha Khan
    June 20, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I’m so glad you’ve done this post! Heading to Florence next month! Love waking up and having a gelato in the sunshine – I admittedly have one with every meal when I’m in Italy 😛

    Anne @
    June 20, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I don’t think it’s possible to get a bad gelato in Italy but it does help having a list of recommended places. We spent four days in Rome back in October and I used a list of recommendations to sample three of the best ones.

    June 19, 2016 at 9:53 am

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    June 18, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I’ve been to Carapina and it was great. Vivoli is not on your list. We asked many people who lived in the area what the best gelato is and they all said Vivoli was the best, no one gave any other recommendations. It was amazing and their selection was fantastic! If I ever go back to Florence I have to try the others you listed! 🙂

    June 18, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I can vouch for Carapina. It was so amazing. We went there every day, usually more than once, during the Florence portion of our honeymoon! Luckily it was two doors down from our AirBNB apartment. We couldn’t get enough.

    Marta Sierra (MartaMademoiselle)
    June 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Looks so yummy! Beautiful images


    Jaipur Escort
    June 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Nice ! i’like your blog

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    June 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Great list! I just returned from Florence myself and really liked Gelateria Lungarno on the river (a couple of bridges up from the Ponte Vecchio):

    Angela AKA An(gelato)
    June 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I have a funny story about buying gelato in Florence:

    I was craving gelato one day after lunch so I convinced my friends to go in this random gelateria with me so I could buy some gelato. I went to check out and couldn’t believe the damn gelato was like 7 euros. I was so mad at myself but there was no turning back at this point!! Then I took two steps outside and the damn gelato fell off the cone and onto the ground…

    The gelato hadn’t even been licked yet!!!

    the adventurer
    June 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Saving this post for when I go to Florence! Thanks for sharing =o) Just reading about it makes me crave a scoop of gelato =o)

    June 17, 2016 at 7:48 am

    This post made me wanna go back to Florence

    June 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I love this! When I was in Florence it was so tricky to pick the good ones from the bad (is there any bad gelato?!) but I did recently discover Grom when I was in Venice and WOW, probably the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I’m excited to go back to Florence and try some of your other recommendations!