Best Places to Eat Gelato + Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!
Gelato. It even sounds delicious. Officially the richest and creamiest ice cream in the world, gelato is one of our top 3 foods you must try when visiting Italy.
The Villa Pia family spends a good part of the year in London where the Gelato Festival just took place in Old Spitalfields Market. It seems rather grey and gloomy right now in the UK (for a number of reasons!) and perhaps a strange time to eat ice cream. But there are few things that will cheer you up faster than a scoop of the creamiest, most decadent gelato.
The Gelato Festival is a touring festival that kicked off in Florence in April, and is moving from city to city, until it winds up back in Florence later this year. Gelatieri (master gelato makers) from across Italy serve up a range of fantastic flavours to visitors from all over the world, who vote on the ones they like best. The winner of the Gelato Festival will be announced at the grand final in Florence in September.
Today on the blog, we’d like to share with you some of our favourite gelato spots near Villa Pia:
Just 400m from Villa Pia, our local bar is within strolling distance (10 minute) and safe enough to send your munchkins over with friends to grab a cone.
Anghiari Theatre Bar
Enjoy a day trip to this medieval fortress village and discover a fantastic kids’ playground overlooking the Tiber Valley. You’ll also find the Anghiari Theatre Bar, where the watermelon ice cream is exquisite!
Bar Caronte in Monterchi
Take a stroll through the narrow walkways of Monterchi and indulge in the Perugine ‘Baci’ ice cream. This is made with famous Perugia chocolates ‘baci’ (meaning ‘kisses’) crushed into the ice cream. Simply heavenly.
Piazza del Campo in Sienna
This is a wonderful place for relaxing and people-watching, and also for eating delicious gelato from one of many ice cream parlours dotted around the square. It’s also the site of the famous Il Palio horse races that take place in July and August each year.
Gelateria Creperia Ghignoni
Venture to the outskirts of Sansepolcro for an opportunity to taste some of the finest artisanal gelato, at the award-winning Gelateria Creperia Ghignoni. And yes they also do sensational crepes!
The oldest ice cream parlour in Florence is still going strong, with Vivoli’s descendants whipping up batches of some of the best gelato in town.
Win an Andrew James Ice Cream Maker
If all this talk of gelato has you in the mood for an ice cream Sunday (or ice cream any day!) we have a fabulous offer for you. Enter to win an Andrew James ice cream maker, voted in the Top Ten Best Ice Cream Makers by the Mail on Sunday, The Independent and Telegraph newspapers.
This amazing contraption, a Which? magazine Best Buy 2015, allows you to make super tasty ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt in 20-30 minutes! Entry into the giveaway is very easy just fill in your details in the Rafflecopter form below and best of luck!