The best gelato in Florence comes with a side of history. Rumour has it that the gelato was invented here, likely in the 16th century courtesy of Catherine de’ Medici, whose illustrious family ruled the city for centuries.
The first flavoured ice cream might or might not have been the product of a culinary contest but, either way, Bernardo Buontalenti, a popular architect and alchemist, has been anointed one of the forefathers of the treat given the creamy concoction he came up with to please Tuscany’s Grand Duke.
Today, you can find gelato shops all over town while tackling the best things to do and visiting top-notch museums. But word to the wise: don’t be fooled by garish, colourful mounds of mass-produced sugar cream you’ll see in the main historical centre squares and shopping streets. Instead, walk a little further afield to discover destinations truly dedicated to the mastering of the art of gelato using only fresh, raw ingredients. Here, you’ll be able to ask questions and be part of passionate discussions about one of the country’s most renowned food offerings.
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