Vivoli: "Still the best ice-cream in Florence" Gelateria Vivoli Tip by leics
Gelateria Vivoli, Florence: 2 reviews and 4 photos
This is, according to the 'Rough Guide', the best ice-cream in the city. It certainly is excellent and comes in numerous flavours.
Vivoli is a small cafe/bar, operating since 1930 and frequented by many locals. It makes its own ice-cream as well, and it is excellent.
It is highly recommended by me, as well as many other people (apparently). Maybe that's why the street isn't on the map provided by the Tourist Information Office? Perhaps they want to keep it a secret?
It was just as superb on my second visit. Try the 'fantasia'; nuts, glace cherries, candied peel. angelica, chocolate chunks, trifle sponge...wonderful!
And it was just as superb on my fourth visit in 2011...the fantasia is still wonderful (see photo) but you have a huge choice of flavours.
In 2011 a medium coppa (cup) cost 3.20euro. A bit pricey, but well worth it; think of it as a special treat.
But do expect the staff to be a bit dour. They have been every time I've visited; efficient enough (you pay at the cash register not at the ice-cream counter) but rather unsmiling.
Address: Via Isole delle Stinche
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Via I D Stinche is on the right-hand side as you walk along Via Ghibellina (in the Bargello quarter) towards S. Croce.
Open Tues- Sun 8 - 1.
Price: less than US$10
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