Looking for things to do in Milan? Try the perfect gelato crawl
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Jan 2020
Finding interesting things to do in Milan isn't hard. Finding the best spots for one of this city's iconic treats? That can be a little trickier.
Gelato is creamier and denser than ice cream and can be found all over Italy, but Milan teems with shops that sling the sweet treat. These five popular parlors have the most scrumptious flavors, and there are a few fun sights near each spot where you can walk off your cones.
1. Il Massimo del Gelato
This famed gelateria on Via Lodovico Castelvetro is most often praised for its dozens of fresh flavors made daily. Chocolate lovers in particular should flock here, as there are usually several varieties flecked with flavors like cinnamon, candied orange and chili. From this sweet shop, stroll a few blocks down Corso Sempione to the 19th-century Arch of Peace at the Porta Sempione, one of Milan's historic city gates.
After finishing your treat, visit the Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, known for its conserved relics of the biblical Three Wise Men.
If you're looking for seasonal, organic flavors like pear, persimmon and orange, stop at LatteNeve, where gelato scoops are crowned with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream. (There are several dairy-free options, too.) For a little culture, finish your cup or cone on the way to the Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, a Romanesque Catholic church and museum.
3. La Gelateria della Musica
Creative combinations are the name of the gelato game here: mint cucumber with poppy seeds and ginger, lemon-scented basil, orange with walnuts. The line for these cones is often out the door, but you can ponder your next move while you wait. One idea: a visit to the Museo delle Culture, which is just a short walk from the shop. This chic museum, housed in a restored factory, features a permanent collection, rotating exhibitions, a large theater, a design store and a cafe.
4. Gelato Giusto
Local ingredients, seasonal fruit flavors and a selection of succulent sorbets make this gelateria a winner. Recent flavors include mascarpone strawberry and meringue, caramelized sesame and panettone. Once you've made your choice, head to the nearby Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli, the second-largest park in the city and home to a natural history museum and planetarium.
5. Gusto 17
The gelato here is never frozen; it's made throughout the day with organic milk and cream, Valrhona chocolate, Sicilian pistachios, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil and local white figs. You can have it served any way you like: in a cup, in a cone, in a frappe or as a whole ice cream cake. Take a short walk afterward to the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, one of the largest science and technology museums in Europe. Housed in a former Renaissance monastery, this museum includes exhibitions about communications, energy and rail and naval transport.
A gelato crawl is one of the best things to do in Milan, and taking one is a great way to learn about the city's neighborhoods and taste one of Italy's most famous desserts. Be open to new flavors and share the tastes as you explore this delicious treat!
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