After writing about King Ludwig I of Bavaria and his architectural interest in the Italian Renaissance — so much so that he demanded his architects Leo von Klenze and Friedrich von Gärtner to design a Florentine street in Munich, the Ludwigstraße, complete with palazzo-style buildings and monuments that were modeled after Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, Loggia dei Lanzi, and others — I’ve been thinking more and more about Italy and la dolce vita.
Luckily, NY Times has provided some insight into a walking tour of gelaterias in Rome. (Note bene: The NYT article is from 1984, so check that the shops are still open. My favorite, Della Palma, is a mainstay in Rome.) I’ve learned that one can eat 2 scoops of gelato everyday in the Eternal City and still lose weight! Mi piace Roma.
As I said, Gelateria Della Palma is my top choice. Perhaps because it has 150 flavors, perhaps because it’s near the Pantheon, but for 2 Euro for due gusti, the price is also pretty great. Go at night, wait in line with locals and tourists, make eye contact with the gelato-rista (now, I’m just making up words), and then order after tasting a few flavors. Baci and pistachio gelato in hand, I’d walk a few steps to the Pantheon and enjoy gelato under the tungsten-lit splendor of ancient Roma. http://www.dellapalma.it/en/