It’s said that Marco Polo introduced ice cream to Venice from China, where iced puddings had been popular since 3000 BC. Today, with so many tempting technicolour ice cream shops in Venice, it can be hard to know which to choose – but take our word for it (and we’ve enjoyed doing the research!) these are some of the best gelaterie in town.
Alaska: Owned by the charismatic and appropriately named Carlo Pistacchi, Alaska is renowned for its unusual flavours, ranging from basil and rocket to celery and cardamom. We especially enjoyed the delicious combination of turmeric and ginger; be adventurous and try something new – you won’t regret it!
Calle Larga dei Bari, 1159, 30135 Venezia
Gelateria Il Doge: With two locations in Campo Santa Margherita and Campiello San Tomà, Il Doge prides itself on using only the finest ingredients and artisanal techniques, which make its ice cream some of the city’s best in terms of texture and flavour. Top of our list is the indulgent Crema del Doge, made from candied orange and chocolate.
Gelateria Il Doge, Dorsoduro 3058/A, Rio Terà Canal, 30123 Venezia
Gelateria Nico: Founded in 1935, Nico has been serving some of Venice’s best ice cream for over 80 years, and with a beautiful terrace on the Zattere, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the Giudecca canal, with an early evening gelato in hand. We particularly recommend their signature “gianduiotto” – a smooth combination of chocolate and hazelnut.
Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo, 922, 30123 Venezia
Suso: Situated in a dark covered alleyway close to the Rialto Bridge, SUSO’s central location makes it an ideal ice cream pit-stop. Many visitors return time and again for their household speciality, the “Manet” (a rich blend of salted pistacchio and hazlenut), but Suso also offers a wide range of other flavours that change with the seasons (such as the autumn favourite “walnut and fig”), so be sure to ask one of the knowledgable and passionate staff for their personal recommendations.
Calle della Bissa, 5453, 30124 Venezia