Let’s go for gelato

by Rebecca Bricker on October 21, 2012

Take a stroll with me on this summer’s day in autumn to one of my favorite gelato shops in Florence (I have a few favorites, btw).

It’s a little bit of a walk, but I don’t think you’ll mind because the scenery is amazing. We’ll walk along the Arno…


and turn right onto Ponte Carraia…







We won’t stop to admire Florence’s most famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, in the distance. (We’ll linger on the way back.)

Right now, on this summer’s day in autumn, all we can think about is this…



We’re clearly not the only ones on a gelato pilgrimage this day. There’s a line out the door, at La Carraia Gelateria.

But it’s so worth the wait, at the gate to Gelato Heaven.





My favorite flavor is creamy mint with chocolate chunks, called After Eight – a nod to the many Brits and Americans here.

It’s always in the same place in the freezer case, in the back corner next to my other favorite flavor cioccoarancia (chocolate orange).

What will you have? The choice is agonizing…Opera Italiana (mixed nuts), Crostata al Frutti di Bosco (wild berry tart) and Zuppa Inglese – the literal translation is “English Soup,” which tastes like a trifle. >>>

It’s After Eight for me.



Everyone leaves La Carraia smiling.


Children handily scoop piccolo mouthfuls from their mounded cones with colorful plastic spoons. They’re quite adept – obviously locals.





Don’t be shocked…I can’t help myself, watching all those blissful faces taking their first licks…


I’m getting back in line for seconds. You, too?!

This time, I’m getting cioccoarancia and Delizia Carraia (white chocolate with pistachio). What about you?



And we’ll savor every spoonful, taking in the view.





jean October 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

Great! You went back for seconds? cono or coppa?

Thom October 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

Thanks – now I’m craving a gelato and the closest place is downtown Chicago (which is not the same as Florence). And I don’t know which I want more, a gelato or to take in the scenery – OMG what a beautiful day, in a beautiful place. That first picture reminded me of walking over the Charles Bridge in Prague. You are living a pretty great life, keep up the adventure. And I await more scoops of stories from you … patiently – they are worth the wait.

Denise October 21, 2012 at 8:57 am


Kathy October 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

Bellisimo! Ohhhhh my mouth is watering…. I wish I could remember the gellateria that Tasha and I were sent to by the locals in downtown Rome, or the amazing concoction of bliss I enjoyed that day. The best ice cream of my life so far. But, I would sign up as a taste tester to discover the best ice cream in Italy any day! Could that be a good book idea complete with photos and directions?
Mi piaci multo mia amica, Kathy

Rebecca October 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Kathy, that gelateria in Rome is the one by the Pantheon, yes? I remember you and Tasha telling me about it. You kept meeting the same person there – by ‘accident,’ right?

muddygloves October 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I believe I’ll have an After Eight’ please!!!!
My favorite yummy flavor.
You lucky, lucky lady!!

Rebecca October 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

One scoop or two, signora?

Jackie Lamothe October 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Ciao Bella:
Cioccoarancia per me.
Hoping to bring a group of 8 over in Oct.2013. Hopefully we can work together.
Hope all is perfect in your world right now.

Rebecca October 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

Jackie, that would be fun. I can give you the gelato tour of Firenze. I’m doing a lot of research! 😉

Sarah McKee October 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm


Pat October 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

Oh yummie! Now I am craving ice cream! When my daughter and a friend traveled in Italy after they graduated from med school, they tried a different gelato each day!

Debbie Ferris October 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

That looks sooo yummy! I’ll take a scoop of the chocolate with chocolate drizzle on it! OMG!


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