In Rome, you don’t find the gelato…the gelato finds you! But seriously: No matter where you turn in the Eternal City, you’re bound to run across well-established gelaterie serving up this creamy and (somewhat…) nutritious treat. Of course, every Roman has his/her opinion on which gelateria is the BEST IN ROME. But there’s one walk-up gelato counter that universally receives high-marks: Frigidarium.
Conveniently located in central Rome, this family run gelato counter has been around for over 15 years. Frigidarium prides itself on making 100% natural gelato that’s as lovely to look at as it is to eat. They never use artificial flavors or syrups in their recipes. Plus, Frigidarium keeps prices reasonable. In fact, three scoops of gelato goodness will only set you back about €3.
The Fantastic Flavors of Frigidarium
There are two main varieties of gelato: cream and fruit. One of the most celebrated is Frigidarium’s pistachio, using only the highest-quality Sicilian pistachios. A few other choices include chocolate, mint chocolate, cremino, and Malaga (which is like rum & raisin).
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Frigidarium tries very hard to accommodate customers suffering from various allergies. You will find egg-free, gluten-free, and milk-free gelatos available for purchase. Just don’t expect any sugar-free options…you are in a gelateria, after all.
Oh, and one more thing: Ask the gelato scoopers to put either a white or dark chocolate topping on your gelato. If you’re not a chocoholic, then at least ask for some whipped cream. You’ll be glad you did.
Pro tip: After eating all those calories, consider running up the nearby Spanish Steps a few times. Your waistline will thank you.
How to Find Frigidarium
Frigidarium’s official address is Via del Governo Vecchio 112, which is very close to Piazza Navona. Other tourist attractions within a 10-minute walk include the Pantheon, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace, Piazza Navona, Campo d’ Fiori and Sant’Agnese in Agone. The closest bus stop is C.so Vittorio Emanuele/Navona, which you can reach on the N15 line towards Mazzacurati. From C.so Vittorio Emanuele/Navona, you’re only about a 2-minute walk to Frigidarium.
Open daily, Frigidarium throws open the counter window from 10:30–2AM, closing at 1:30AM on Sundays.