My Top 5 Tastiest Ice Cream in Cinque Terre, Italy

When I travelled to Cinque Terre, Italy’s famous colourful 5 towns in Liguria province, I didn’t have many plans. My boyfriend and I just had one simple plan: relax and have fun (maybe those are two plans) and eat as much ice cream as we could. (Because that is fun). During our 5 days in Cinque Terre, we set out to eat as much gelato as possible and find the best ice cream in Cinque Terre. And we did! It was a hard task, but for the sake of this blog, we did it. As it was impossible to declare only 1 winner, I give you my top 5 with the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre!

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.

Ice cream or Gelato

Technically, we didn’t have any ice cream in Italy. We only had artisan gelato from local gelato shops in Cinque Terre, but for the sake of understanding (and SEO purposes, duh!) I call the frozen stuff we had ice cream.

As I like to be a little bit nerdy, I give you a short swift break down on the actual differences between ice cream and gelato.

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Mmmmhhh.. Gelato!

Why is Gelato different?

Gelato is actually the Italian translation of ice cream, so it is not 100% wrong to use the word “gelato” if you refer to ice cream. Especially not when you want to sound all Italian sophisticated.  But there is a difference:

Gelato is made with milk, instead of cream, resulting is lesser fat and calories. Because the gelato is churned at a lower speed, it contains less air but more dense ice cream. Gelato is best enjoyed at warmer temperatures than ice cream. Because of this, gelato has more flavour to it. You taste less fat, less air and because of the temperature, your tongue doesn’t get frostbite and your taste buds can actually taste the flavour of the gelato.

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What I like about Italian Gelato

What I like most about Italian gelato is the fact it is warmer and softer (bye bye brain freeze) and has a more silky texture. Another added advantage is the limited choice you get at an artisan gelato parlour. When did limited options became a blessing? Well, when it is time to choose which ice cream flavour you want, less is more! Owh and did I mention less calories from fat? Yippie! Bring on the best gelato of Cinque Terre!

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
What flavour whould you choose?

But which was the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre?

Let me break it down to you:

#5. Gelateria Riomaggiore

This gelato shop was located right across our apartment in Riomaggiore but we went here only once. They also sell delicious smelling crêpes which I’d have loved to try out too. If only I had 5 stomachs! I had some delicious stracciatella with menthe ice cream. My boyfriend had chocolate and hazelnuts.

The ice cream was tasty, just what you expect from artisan gelato in Italy. It just didn’t blow us away as all the other flavours we tasted, that’s why it comes in at #5.

Costs: 2 scoops in a cup: €1,50

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Late night ice cream testing in Riomaggiore

Because we had a hard time deciding on the #5, we have a shared contester.

Slurp! in Monterosso is also #5

We opted for a very fancy cone which was quite delicious (at the top). Our flavours were mango with tiramisu and crema di limone and cremino (which tasted like Nutella). I didn’t really like my flavours but the cone was nice. My boyfriend says the mango was deliciously fruity and he wanted it to be in the top 5. So there it is: Gelateria Slurp! in Monterosso.

Costs: 2 scoops on a fancy cone: €3,00

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Fancy looking gelato

#4. Un Mare di Yogurt in Corniglia

Located next door to Alberto gelateria, it has 2 parlours right across from each other. I’m still not sure if they don’t all belong to the same gelateria. But, this one is ranked #4. My boyfriend had a large lemon slush which is a real thirst quencher! Caution: may cause serious brain freeze.

I choose gelato, mango and coffee flavoured. Although the mango was really good, the coffee lacked some serious flavour. The texture of the coffee gelato was also a bit flaky, not smooth. The cone was a bit too stale and I didn’t finish it.

Costs: 2 scoops on a cone: €2,00

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Nicely presented gelato in Corniglia

#3. Gelateria Stalìn in Vernazza

This was a very good contender too. Vernazza is well represented for the best ice cream of Cinque Terre! My boyfriend had the flavours Lemon, Basil and menthe with chocolate. I opted for the Cinque Terre Honey, passion fruit and forest fruit.

The reason why this gelateria is on #3 in the top 5 is because I didn’t like my honey flavoured gelato at all. It was just plain vanilla and I didn’t even detect a hint of honey there. The passion fruit was really outspoken which was a good thing.

My boyfriend on the other hand, loved his flavours. The lemon was really sour, which is a good thing in this case and the basil flavoured ice cream had a smooth and silky texture.

Costs: 3 scoops on a cone: €3,00

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
A well deserved gelato after hiking the first part of the Cinque Terre trail in Vernazza

#2. Gelateria Vernazza

This gelateria stood strong on the number one position, until it got knocked out at the very last minute. One can even argue it could be a shared win. But, I decide, so #2 it is. Why is the gelato at Gelateria Vernazza the 2nd best ice cream of Cinque Terre?

Local Lemon: this was by far the best lemon ice cream I had ever had. I paired it with a dark forest fruit ice cream in a cone.

My boyfriend had the local flavour, Cinque Terre (white chocolate, mascarpone and fruits of the forest), which tasted a little flavourless. Because this is called their signature ice cream and it failed miserably, this gelateria got benched. We both thought the cone was a bit stale.

Costs: 2 scoops on a cone: €2,50

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Another delicious delight in Vernazza

#1. The Winner! Gelateria Alberto in Corniglia

This was by far the best ice cream in Cinque Terre we tasted. My boyfriend had dark chocolate with basil and lemon and I had dark chocolate with mango and forest fruit. The cone was crunchy and delicious, we got a waffle with it and the gelato was placed in delicious scoops on the cone. The fruity ice cream was really rich in flavour but not too sweet. The basil was really distinct and aromatic and the dark chocolate ice cream was like a bar of frozen dark chocolate.

Costs: 3 scoops on a cone: €3,50

When you visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre Italy you must try some gelato. But where to find the tastiest ice cream in Cinque Terre? I give you my top 5.
Was this the Best Ice cream in Cinque Terre?

Little note to this top 5 of best ice cream in Cinque Terre

As you can imagine, deciding which ice cream is the best of Cinque Terre, is nearly impossible. Obviously, we didn’t try them all. And we didn’t have the same flavours and flavour combination which can influence our taste too.

We did however, pay for every ice cream ourselves. All opinions are my own and cannot be contested. Although my boyfriend tries.

We did find something all of them had in common: They are not the best cone makers. All cones were a bit stale and tasted bland. We once had hand made on the spot cones at a gelateria in Florence which set the bar really high. If you want to taste as much ice cream in Cinque Terre as possible, I recommend to have everything in a cup instead of a cone. Except for the real gelato-in-Italy-experience, you won’t miss much.

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Don’t they have good ice cream in Manarola?

If you’re paying attention, you can see we have each of the villages in our top 5, except Manarola. Didn’t we have gelato in this town in Cinque Terre? We did. We had gelato in Manarola at Bar la Plancia and had 3 flavours in a cup (€3,50). But we don’t remember their tastes anymore. It was normal, nothing special.

We had to have ice cream here, because the other places were closed both times we visited Manarola. Both Gelateria 5 Terre and Gelateria Enrica in Manarola looked like better options to us, but when closed, there is not a whole lot of tasting you can do.

Have you been to Cinque Terre? Where did you find the best ice cream in Cinque Terre? Please share your favourite gelato flavour in the comment sections below.

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11 Comments

  1. Lana

    I love gelato, and I’m surprised how cheap it is on places you write about. I paid a fortune for a gelato in Florence, for instance. Even in other European countries, usual price is around 3-5 euros. I would love to visit Cinque Terre, haven’t been there yet.

  2. I love the fact that you took time to point out the difference between gelato and ice cream. I have always wondered what gives gelato its extra special taste. Knowing how it is done will probably help me relish it all the more.

  3. Karen

    GELATO! I miss it so much as I cannot have dairy although I found some AMAZING dairy-free ice cream when I was in Italy. I hope to return (and maybe sneak some gelato).

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