You just got to Florence, the sun is shining, and you are sitting on the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo. The only thing wrong with this picture is that you are not holding a cone of gelato in your hand.
Luckily, the annual Florence gelato festival is starting this week and you will be able to get some of the best ice cream in the country! Gelato was born in Florence when Bernardo Buontalenti invented it for the court of Catherine de’Medici over 448 years ago. He created gelato with cold cream made from milk, honey, and egg yolks (of course with a splash of wine). Every year Florence holds the annual gelato tour. It starts May 17 and lasts until May 26.
Being an avid gelato lover, I decided to investigate this delicious festival. I walked over to Piazza Repubblica yesterday to see what all the fuss was about and let me tell you, it was worth the 7 steps it took me to get there. I bought a card for 5 euro, which allowed me to taste 5 different flavors in pretty large cups. Heaven.
If you are in Rome and think you are missing out, don’t worry, Bus2alps has a Florence Day Trip that will bring you to the festival with an experienced Bus2alps guide who will make sure you eat the most ice cream you have ever eaten in your life!
There are a lot of different events scheduled for the week so you can check them out on their website here.