Giolitti, Rome

Giolitti, Rome

Opened over a century ago, the Giolitti shop on a side of Piazza di Monte Citorio still retains its historic character and charming features. It's a nice little café where you can eat breakfast, drink coffee, and – particularly recommended – sign up for a gelato experience! Giolitti is certainly one of the most popular gelaterias in Rome, with many holidaying visitors stopping by for a quick fix – as Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn did, too, in the film “Roman Holiday”.

They have more than a hundred different flavors of ice cream served, from the traditional to the exotic, alongside other refreshing treats like ice cream stuffed biscuits and decadent sundaes like the “coppa giolitti” with chocolate, cream, zabaglione, whipped cream and hazelnut. It's a great place for the lactose-intolerant, too, as the sorbetto favors are numerous.

They still observe strict, traditional Italian bar etiquette here. Pay first at the register by the door, choosing between cup or cone (as tempting as the latter may be, a cup is always easier to manage, especially when it’s hot outside); then take the receipt, make your way to the back and stand in line to get served. The goal: make eye contact with the gelato server. Use your maneuvering time to decide what flavor you want, then loudly place your order immediately following eye contact. You can also ask for the gelato to be “con panna” which will get you your favorite flavor topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

If all that seems intimidating, you can ask to be seated on the other side. Sure enough, you'll pay a tiny up-charge, but look at those extra few euros as an investment in serenity, as you will get served and finished in the same time you could wait in line and fight the crowd at the serving bar. Plus, you get free WiFi, so there's that! Enjoy!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am–1am

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Sight Name: Giolitti
Sight Location: Rome, Italy (See walking tours in Rome)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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