Giolitti, Rome

Giolitti, Rome

Opened over a century ago, the Giolitti shop nestled on the side of Piazza di Monte Citorio has retained its historic allure and charming features. This delightful café offers a cozy spot for breakfast, coffee, and, most notably, a remarkable gelato experience that comes highly recommended! Undoubtedly, Giolitti stands as one of the most beloved gelaterias in Rome, attracting both locals and vacationing visitors seeking a quick frozen treat—just as Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn did in the iconic film "Roman Holiday."

With a selection of over a hundred flavors of ice cream, ranging from traditional to exotic, Giolitti spoils its patrons with choices. Indulge in refreshing delights like ice cream-stuffed biscuits or decadent sundaes such as the "coppa giolitti," featuring chocolate, cream, zabaglione, whipped cream, and hazelnut. The gelateria caters to lactose-intolerant individuals as well, offering numerous sorbet options.

At Giolitti, the strict observance of traditional Italian bar etiquette is still cherished. Start by paying at the register near the entrance, where you can choose between a cup or a cone (although the cone may be tempting, a cup is often easier to handle, especially in hot weather). Then, armed with your receipt, make your way to the back of the shop and join the line to be served. The key is to establish eye contact with the gelato server. Use your maneuvering time to decide on your desired flavor and confidently place your order once eye contact is established. If you desire an extra touch of indulgence, you can request your gelato "con panna," which means it will be topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

If the bustling atmosphere feels a bit overwhelming, you can request to be seated on the other side of the shop, albeit at a slightly higher cost. Consider this a worthwhile investment in tranquility, as you will be served promptly and avoid the lines and crowds near the serving bar. As an added perk, you'll have access to free WiFi. So, sit back, relax, and savor your gelato in peace!

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