As you wander around Venice during a hot day, there’s no better refreshment than a creamy cup of gelato. But let’s be real: even in the deep, cold winter, gelato is a must-have on Italian soil. Venice knows that: and the city will probably surprise you for the great amount of gelaterie that you’ll find on your path.
But be careful: not all gelato is the same. That’s why you need to read on, to find out how and where to enjoy the best gelato in Venice.
Every region has its gelato way
First, let’s clear the air: gelato isn’t the same in North and South Italy. Depending on the city you’re visiting, gelato can be served (and paid for) in different ways.
Generally, in the south, gelato is served in a cono or coppetta (cup) that can be small, medium, or large. But even with a small gelato, you can have up to 2 flavors. With a large gelato, you can go crazy with more!
But this system to assess the hugeness of your gelato isn’t the same in the north of Italy. In Venice, gelato is served in palline (literally meaning little balls) that the maestro gelataio scoops the flavored balls out of the tin and onto your cone or cup.
So you’ll pay for a cono or coppetta with one, two, three, four, or five palline: and that will also be the number of flavors you can choose to have on your gelato.
Where to find the best gelato in Venice
Finding in-house gelato in Venice is harder than you think: most places are tourist traps that dazzle you with flashy, bright colors and sky-high cones.
Nonetheless, at Devour Tours we like to take a challenge and prove our worth, and finding the best gelato was easy once we followed a few rules and asked some trusted locals.
Now you’re ready to follow our lead and taste the best gelato in Venice!
Nested just a few steps away from Rialto, Gelatoteca Suso (Sotoportego de la Bissa, 5453) will definitely stand out for its long line of locals and tourists waiting for their gelato.
We recommend you try pistachio, where all the other gelaterie fail, Suso is there to prove that a good pistachio gelato is possible and delicious.
Gelateria Ca’ d’Oro
Gelateria Ca’ d’Oro has only one mission: to bring you the traditional gelato, with a strong link with the territory and its raw materials. That’s why they strictly follow the cycle of the year. Depending on the month you’re visiting Venice and the seasonal fruits, you’ll find different flavors.
But some classics are always there to be savored like custard cream and bussolai, the traditional Burano biscuits.
Don’t mix it up with Gelateria S. Leonardo! Gelateria Leonardo is in Calle de Castel Forte San Rocco, 3098A, and it’s entirely dedicated to the noble art of gelato making.
Flavors are creative and innovative. Here, you can find Oreo as well as cheesecake flavored gelato. But the best thing you’ll find here is a new and funny alternative to the cone or cup choice: the waffle! If you want something different, make sure to try this out.
Gelateria Nico is one of the most romantic gelato places in Venice. With an elegant terrace and a beautiful view of sunset on the water, this gelateria is the perfect place to have a break.
The gelato itself displays a refined balance between traditional and modern flavors. Having a gelato here is an experience you’ll always remember.
Eliana Ferrari doesn’t like to stay put. She’s traveled all around Europe, excited by every encounter with people, food, and art. How did she end up in Florence? She fell in love: with the magnificence of every corner, with Bolgheri wine, and with the famous Florentine wit (one Florentine’s in particular!).