The best VEGAN ice-cream in ROME!

They say life is about enjoying the little things. That is the reason I ordered some small cups of ice-cream and instantly became the happiest person on Earth.

Since I became a vegan a few years ago, I haven’t eaten ice-cream, because the lack of assortment and because I believed ice-cream had milk on it. But gelato, the original ice cream of Italy, is different. Artisans say that the real fruit-flavored ice cream and dark chocolate (fondente) ice-cream doesn’t have to have milk on it.

So as soon as I had the plane tickets, I started looking for the best vegan ice-cream in Rome. I found some places on Tripadvisor, Google,… and decided to visit all of them.

To have an idea, through this trip to Rome, I tried seven different flavors and decided to create a ranking to rate this delicious gelatos.

NOTE: The titles are links to the Google Maps site so you can see where they are and a few photos of the places.

GELATERIA VALENTINO

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Near the Fontana di Trevi, there is a small place called Gelateria Valentino. When I entered I asked for soy-based gelatos, and he told me he only had a raspberry yogurt one, I was disappointed. But instantly he asked me is I was vegan or lactose-intolerant, then told me that he had vegan options, fruity ones. But a magnificent and delicious-looking mount of dark chocolate ice cream caught my eye. He told me it was fondente, and the best of all, it was VEGAN! Also, it won the Best Flavor of 2015, so I had to taste it!

TIP #1: I ordered a small cup of ice-cream fondette because I didn’t know at first that in Italy you can ask for 2 flavors in a small cup. Keep it in mind guys!

Taste ★★★★★

Texture ★★★★★

Price ★★★★★ (2.5€)

Variety ★★★☆☆

Experience ★★★★☆

IL GELATONE

Near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, there is this colorful gelateria. Every flavor is handmade and decorated in a delightful way.

I have to thank Sara, my friend who joined me in this adventure, for walking over 3 kilometers just to get some ice cream. Yes, I’m crazy for gelatos, then we walked back the same distance to get her pizza al taglio. Now we are crazily at peace.

I came here twice, the amount of variety of vegan ice creams is, by far, the best I have ever experienced.

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The first time, I ordered pistachio and hazelnut. The second time, cappuccino (soy-based) and berries.

The best flavor was by far pistachio, followed by hazelnut and then cappuccino. But I had high hopes for cappuccino, so it didn’t meet my expectations and I ended up slightly disappointed.

Some constructive criticism, the vegan flavors weren’t decorated as much as the other ones with fruits, chocolate, cookies, syrup, or glittery sparkling delights …

But a nice thing about this place is that they have small tables anchored to the wall with chairs so you can spend some little time relaxing and enjoying their delicious gelatos.

TIP #2. Always ask for a cup not a cone, since they aren’t vegan. But here they have a gluten free, vegan cone. Enjoy!

Taste ★★★★☆

Texture ★★★★☆

Price ★★★★★ (2€)

Variety ★★★★☆

Experience ★★★★☆

FRIGIDARIUM

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We did not know about this gelateria until we walked around piazza Navona and found a huge queue at the door. People seemed to enjoy their ice creams, plus, they were covered in white or dark chocolate, the dark is vegan!

We waited for nearly 20 minutes and finally got there. I was completely disappointed at the little variety they had. Only fruity ones. I ordered mango and lemon. Not the best combination at all,  too sweet and too citric. But the cover of chocolate was the best. But the rest leaves much to be desired.

Taste ★★★☆☆

Texture ★★★★☆

Price ★★★☆☆ (3€)

Variety ★★★☆☆

Experience ★★★★☆

Conclusion: Go to Il Gelatone to try different uncommon flavors, and to Gelateria Valentino for the best chocolate you will ever come to taste!

TIP #3: You might find that there are already made cornettos that are vegan. But I recommend you to get them at artisan gelatterias now that you have the opportunity.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and send me pictures if you try them!

 

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Cheap transport! Travel with no money!

A lot of people ask me how can I afford all of my trips as a college student! The answer is that I never stop seeking for the best deals: cheap bus tickets, flight offers, train passes,…

This is how and where I find the deals:

  1. GO THEREPushpin marking location on map

    Find the longest trip. If you are planning to visit another country, you should look for this journey first. My advice:

  • Skyscanner. In my opinion the best flight search engine all over the internet. If you are flexible about your destination or dates you can put wherever in the destination and it’ll appear the cheapest flights. Once you know the airline, go and search for the flight in that airline, you may find a better price. Do it when using Ryanair (I love travelling with Ryanair since it is the cheapest and almost never delays its flights.)
  • Megabus: a bus company operating USA and Europe. I went from Barcelona to Brussels for just 1€!!! Search in advance for the best prices. Remember, it will take a long time (my journey to Belgium was a 23 Hour journey) but it is totally worth it!

PROS: Bus stops are in the centre of most cities, so you will save airport bus fares, train tickets,… Also, if you find offers it could be way cheaper than planes or trains.

CONS: Not the most comfortable, WIFI does not work sometimes, it takes a long time to go anywhere.


2.MOVE THERE.

  • National Rail Network, Interrail, Eurorail, Rail Passes in general,
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    if you want to backpack in a certain area or country you must go and look at their train railway website, or buses too, to see if they have any rail pass available that fits your needs. When in Belgium I got a 10 journey rail pass for 25€! The best thing is that you can take any train at any time you want, you don’t have to plan or schedule. Completely recommend this!  If you have journeys left you can always sell it to another backpacker.

  • BlaBlaCar, Uber,… It is kind of controversial but I really like these apps, especially BlaBlaCar. You can go to places where there is no bus or train stop, or go faster than with classical methods. And for a really competitive price. Always be careful, and if you don’t trust the driver or accompanies do not get into the car! I never had a bad experience using it, but you should be always careful! Like when hitchhiking, I have never done it personally, but it can be an option when travelling.
  • Also, I use Rome2Rio to know the cheapest way to travel from a place to another, and an estimation of the bus,train, taxi,… price.
  • You can also hire a car, use Rome2Rio to know the cheapest rental house.

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