There is so much wonderful cuisine in Italy that you’re almost spoilt for choice with it. When you go to Italy, you’re going to want to spend plenty of time enjoy the delicious food they have to offer. Pasta, pizza, and wine are available in abundance, and you need to make sure you try some ice-cream as well. In Italy, they call it gelato, and Italians do some of the best gelato anywhere in the world. If you aren’t an ice-cream lover, that could all change!
One of the best things to do to really cap off your gelato-tasting adventure would be to actually make some yourself. Yeah, we know what you’re thinking, you don’t know the first thing about making gelato, and you wouldn’t know where to begin, right? Well, that’s okay, because you don’t need to; there are plenty of gelato-making classes on offer that will walk you through it and help you make some tasty ice-cream all by yourself. Here are five incredible places in Italy where you can make your own ice-cream.
IC Bellagio, Turin
This place offers an extensive two-hour private class in the city center, with a focus on making gelato. The person who teaches the session is the head gelataio at this popular establishment, and you can understand the difference between ice-cream and gelataio. You can also sample more than 20 different flavors of gelato before starting out, including licorice! You can then use the machine to make your very favorite flavor of ice-cream.
Mama Isa’s Cooking School, Padua
Mama Isa is the owner here, and she definitely gives you your money’s worth when it comes to making gelato. You can take a four-hour class at her cooking school, that she takes herself at her home. This is an excellent way of getting a dose of classic Italian culture and hospitality, as well as making some delicious gelato. She teaches people her family recipes that include amazing seasonal flavors, and you’ll also get lunch provided as well. This is definitely worth the money for such a wonderful experience.
In Rome Cooking, Rome
Rome is considered one of the premier cities in Rome for getting great quality gelato, so it should come as no surprise that this place makes our list. This amazing cooking school offers a two-hour gelato class multiple times per week. You can make it by hand, or you can use one of the machines provided. The school uses locally and nationally sourced ingredients, perfect for a traditional taste of Italy. The best thing about this place is that the classes are incredibly affordable – just €60 per person!
Access Europe, Rome
Another Rome-based cooking school, Access Europe, offers an excellent two-hour gelato making session at Giolitti. This gelato shop has been open since 1900 and is one of the biggest gems in the city. You work with an expert to create your favorite flavor or blend of gelato. And, as a bonus twist, you can even go behind the counter and serve your gelato to actual paying customers! This is a cool and unique element to it and is one of the reasons why it’s so popular.
Florence might be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it’s also one of the best places to make gelato. Florencetown offers a two-hour private gelato class for paying customers. You get to visit four gelaterias for tastings, and then, in the fifth, you will learn how to make a relevant seasonal flavor. The cost will come in at around €75 per person, but bookings can only be made with a minimum of four people. Perfect for groups of friends or family members.