The warming sun, the currents of fresh air at a crossroad in the right spots of the city, sitting on a bench under the shade of a tree in a quiet square: finally the bella stagione is here! Although, the never-ending ups and downs along the bridges really encourage a break. We have tried – just for you, of course – four of our favourite gelaterie in the city.
Gelateria Cà D’oro, in the sestiere of Cannaregio, takes its name from the famous building facing the Canal Grande, which nowadays hosts the Galleria Franchetti. Perfect creaminess and texture and tastes for all of those with a sweet tooth. It is easy to reach as you can find it in the “street” that connects the train station to Rialto.
Instead, if you are already in Rialto, do not hesitate to make a stop at SuSo Gelatoteca: a little corner in Calle della Bissa which quickly climbed the charts of the best Venetian gelaterie (which by the way are part of our Support Inside Venice Initiative). Here, seasonality is the basic rule, as the owners, Alessandra and Renato, are always looking for the freshest ingredients and the most fitting taste combinations, even those you would never imagine. Flavours and tastes that answer to every request – gluten and lactose free options are available. Do not get discouraged by the typical line you will find in the hottest months (it is rather moving) and go in to try the crema del Doge or the salted pistachio and gianduia.
The Alaska gelateria (S. Croce), where we did not stop for a while; we decided to visit it on a warm Sunday in June, and nothing had changed! Excellent handmade flavours and, for those who want to venture into new tastes, new flavours like sage, orange and rocket, ginger or cinnamon.
If you ask for the famous gianduiotto with whipped cream, every Venetian will point you to Gelateria da Nico. An historic bar we suggest you to try for its ice-creams, of course, but also for an aperitivo or a coffee. To grab something on the go and walk along Fondamenta Zattere (magical at sunset!) or to sit on their terrace facing the Giudecca canal.