Tying gelato to just Florence is a bit unfair as I had gelato 6 times while I was in Italy, but it would be more of a crime to leave this beautiful city out of my blog due to a lack of good food to report on.
Sadly, I only went to Florence as a day trip--with a tour group, at that--so our only meal in the city was at a bland tourist-safe restaurant. Actually, the gelato I had in Florence was probably the one of the best I had in Italy--I'll go over the ones I had in Rome in another post.
Florence has been ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. One look around and you can immediately see why: The Florence Cathedral is the third largest in the world and is covered in white marble bordered in pink and green--simply jaw dropping sight;
the famous Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia are home to historical pieces of art like Michelangelo's David and The Birth of Venus;
and a stroll along the Arno river towards the Ponte Vecchio bridge has some of the most breath taking views you will ever see.
Luckily, we were given a few hours of free time to explore on our own. We quickly found the gelato place with the highest rating and bee-lined directly there. Tucked away on the opposite side of the of the Arno is the unassuming Cantina del Gelato.
I got the stracciatella and lemon--both were extremely delicious! The stracceiatella was nice and creamy, with ribbons of fine chocolate crackling throughout, while the lemon was also extra refreshing after the long walk we had finding the place. Plus, the waffle as a topping was a nice touch for contrast of textures.
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