Among the gastronomical specialties offered by our country, together with the renowned pizza and the infinite kinds of pasta which you can find in our restaurants, there is also the Gelato: Italy is nowadays the first gelato producer in the European union and it is characterized for the immense variety of flavors, often gluten-free or with vegan options. What makes Italian gelato so special compared to the one prepared in other countries? very simple: thanks to the selection of organic and natural products like fresh seasonal fruits the flavors are always refreshing and intense. Tourists who have the opportunity to try Italian gelato are always amazed for the extreme creaminess obtained thanks to the use of fresh milk and the limited use of eggs: that makes it almost totally free of fats and an healthy product suitable for everyone.
If you are visiting Siena and you do not want to miss the opportunity to try the famous Italian gelato we suggest you some of the most renowned ice-cream shops of the city.
La vecchia latteria: one of the most ancient and traditional ice-cream shop in Siena, in La vecchia latteria you can choose among a large variety of handmade gelato extremely creamy with simple or elaborated flavors (like the “espresso” with an intense and delicious taste of coffee). Just few minutes away from the cathedral, the ice-cream shop offers always news tastes with moderate prices and also the opportunity to see with your eyes how gelato is prepared in the laboratory exposed to the public into the shop.
Il masgalano: located near the basilica San Domenico, this homemade ice-cream shop offers biologic and traditional products but also particular new varieties. You can also find vegan options of gelato prepared with soy milk and totally natural ingredients.
Grom: Just few meters away from piazza del campo you can try one of the most famous and widespread gelato production companies in Italy. The main characteristic of this ice-cream shop is the selection of fresh ingredients of the season which recreate intense and unique tastes loved by everyone. The central location of the shop is also very convenient, what’s better than enjoying the delicious flavors offered by Grom while relaxing yourselves in the majestic piazza del campo or walking around through the streets of the center?
If you will have the opportunity to organize a daytrip to the famous medieval village of San Gimignano we suggest you to try the renowned ice-cream shop Dondoli: located in the central square of the village has a large variety of flavors with particular and totally unique tastes invented by the main gelato-maker of the shop. Extremely famous is the Santa Fina cream, with saffron and pine nuts, or the Dolceamaro, spicy with aromatic herbs. Thanks to the innovations introduced by the shop its notoriety reached also famous people of the TV and the world of celebrities: it is not difficult to find famous Italian actors or writers while eating the delicious gelato of San Gimignano typical of the Tuscan tradition.
The Italian gelato is for sure a typical specialty that you cannot miss while visiting our country. Even if you can find it in bigger cities as well, such as Rome or Florence, you should be careful not to find very high prices and ice-cream shops which could disappoint your expectations. In medieval villages like Siena or San Gimignano, bound to the culture and the history of the country, it is easier to find ancient ice-cream shops that maintain the traditional production methods and that allow you to savor an always refreshing and delicious gelato.
In our Hotel Borgo Grondaie, located just 1.5 km away from the center and easily reachable walking from the station, we would be glad to give you more information and suggestions about this specialty of the country. come to visit us to enjoy a peaceful stay in Siena!
published by: Nicole