Gelateria dei Neri
Kristin Stasiowski, a Context Florence walking tour guide, took me to her favorite Florence gelato shop, Gelateria dei Neri. The small shop has hand-made ice cream in a variety of flavors, some of them unusual, and make sorbetto and soy based gelato, too. My favorite was the chocolate and orange. Gelateria dei Neri is at Via dei Neri 20-22, toward the center from the river and Ponte alla Grazie.
VestriVestri is an artisanal chocolate shop with, as you'd expect, excellent chocolate gelato. They have only a few flavors but they're very good, made the old-fashion style and kept in metal canisters rather than being on view in a glass case. Vestri is a small shop north of Piazza Santa Croce on Borgo degli Albizi 11r.
L'Angolo del GelatoL'Angolo del Gelato makes a good stop on your way into or out of Florence if you arrive by train or bus. L'Angolo del Gelato is on a corner of Piazza Santa Maria Novella so you can admire the church while eating your ice cream. It's inexpensive and they have a few interesting flavors such as my favorite, cinnamon.
VenchiVenchi Chocolate has opened a combination ice cream and chocolate shop in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, opposite the Loggia del Porcellino. Known for their high-quality artisan chocolate, their ice cream is made with all natural products without the use of any hydrogenated fats, flavorings, colorings and monodiglycerides of fatty acids. There is also an educational area detailing the history and manufacturing process of chocolate.
Grom says they make "Il Gelato Come Una Volta", Italian ice cream as it was once made. They use high quality ingredients and have a long list of flavors with additional flavors of the month. Grom is of Piazza del Duomo on via del Campanile at the corner of via delle Oche. It opens every day at 10:30 and closes at midnight during the summer season and at 11pm during the winter season. This very popular chain can also be found in other northern Italian cities and Perugia as well as in Paris, Tokyo, and New York City.