Traditional, handmade italian gelato is an unforgettable experience in Rome but choosing the right gelateria can be a tricky task. Make sure to avoid gelateria’s with oddly-bright colored gelato and any spot that serves more than just gelato, i.e. a cafe that serves coffee, tramezzini and gelato. Here are our top 5 picks for the best gelato places near the Colosseum:
1. DELL’ANGELETTO: This corner gelateria is the quintessential example of how italian gelato should be done. All the yummy flavors are prepared onsite at the small kitchen in the back and the gelato is to die for!
ADDRESS: Via dell’Angeletto, 15, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 11:30-22:30 EVERY DAY
CONTACT: +39 06 487 4760
2. FATAMORGANA: Located in a small piazza that is off the beaten path, Fatamorgana offers delicious flavor combinations. Try a classic pistachio and dark chocolate or go for one of their more funky flavors like chocolate and tobacco. Their seasonal fruit options are phenomenal.
ADDRESS: Piazza degli Zingari, 5, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 13:30-21:30 EVERY DAY
CONTACT: +39 06 4890 6955
3. AL CONOSSEO: This a go-to local gelateria for the Colosseum area, located on Via Cavour it is just a few minutes walk from the monument. Classic flavors that do not disappoint make it a popular gelateria in the neighborhood.
ADDRESS: Via Cavour, 289, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 11:00-22:00 SUN-THU; 11:00-00:00 FRI-SAT
CONTACT: +39 4893 0991
4. FLOR: While FLOR is a chain gelateria, their high quality standards make it a dependable choice. The gelato tends to be on the creamy side and they offer a few more options than just a standard cup or cone, try a shake for one of those hot summer days when the gelato melts faster than you can eat it.
ADDRESS: Via Cavour, 337, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 10:00-00:00 EVERY DAY
5. ANTICA GELATERIA DE MATTEIS: This is the only gelateria on the list in the neighborhood of Celio. While Celio excels in restaurants and wine bars, it’s gelato game doesn’t compare to Monti. But the Antica Gelateria de Matteis is a hit with locals and definitely has some delicious flavors on offer.
ADDRESS: Via Celimontana, 34, 00184 Roma RM
CONTACT: +39 338 252 4319