All About Italian Ice Cream – Florence or Rome


Florence Make your own ice cream Gelateria tour

Gelato – Italian for Ice Cream – is almost a religion.  Join us  to taste the myriad of flavours on offer.  Then go behind the scenes to learn how the legendary gelato is produced. You can even get to try making it yourself!

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Famous Florentine Catherine de Medici is said to have “invented” gelato, and the people of Florence have been in love with it ever since.  Whatever its origins, the history of gelato is tightly linked to Florence and its traditional heritage, and the art
of making it has only grown with time, with many artisan “gelaterias” spread all over town, in hidden corners and quaint small streets. Explore the ancient town with us, discover the secrets that lie behind the production of ice cream and taste the most mouth-watering ones in town led by an expert local gelato-loving guide.  Enjoy a real insider’s view, learn about the ingredients, how they are combined, the actual production and much more. At the end of the tour you’ll be allowed exclusive access behind the scenes to watch the staff mixing ingredients and the machines churning fresh cream and sugar into mounds of creamy lusciousness. With priceless tips from the gelato maker you can try your hand at it yourself creating the tastiest gelato ever!


Enjoy a fascinating visit to an historic Roman Gelateria founded in the 1800’s and still run by the same family. Learn a little history then pass into the Ice-Cream Laboratory where the Gelato Masters explain the production of gelato and of semifreddo (ice-cream-cake) and the differences between artisan Italian Gelato and industrially made products.  See how different types of ice-creams are made including the famous “Sanpietrino” small ice cream cakes which resemble the little blocks used in Roman streets!  Your experience ends with a tutored tasting of the different varieties you have studied.

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