Gelato is Italian ice cream and no matter what city you are in, you are bound to be surrounded by numerous gelateria. Traditionally, gelato in Italy is enjoyed as a cool-off snack as the peninsula basks in some of the continents warmest weather. In Sicily it gets so warm that they have granita for breakfast!Every gelateria has its own spin and inventive selections. Don't be alarmed if you see flavors like fig, pecorino cheese, gorgonzola (delightful!), balsamic, sesame seed or even cayenne pepper on the men. Live in the moment and embrace the Italian gelato obsession! Here are some tips when you do want to enjoy a gelato in Italy:
Avoid any place with massive whipped mounds. These are guaranteed tourist traps that serve confectioned gelato that is more than likely filled with artificial colors, propellants (for the fluff) and chemically enhancedflavors.If its neon colored anything, keep walking. Mint is not naturally bright green and neither is pistachio.Don't be afraid to try new flavors (even if it's garlic!)! Ask your local gelataio what fruit is currently in season- the good gelateria will use fresh seasonal fruit and it will knock your socks off.
Order a small-medium cup, you will more than likely be able to have 2 -3 flavors and not leave with a tummy ache. Even though gelato is lighter than American ice cream, it is still a dessert which is undoubtedly high in sugar and milk fat. The massive waffle cones are not a force to be reckoned with if you are on a walking tour of the city.Take a Gelato Tour in Italy
so you can discover the real gelato in Italy with a gourmet guide. Don't be fooled by all the gelato tricks out there. Not only that, you will discover the gelato shops not listed in mainstream guidebooks that only locals are in the know about.Until we meet again, buon appetito! Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural tours of Italy for over 10 years.Please see our website www.lebaccanti.com for more information on how to book your next trip to Italy with us!