Welcome to one of those timeless places that I wouldn’t hesitate to define as a true, Roman institution: the “Palazzo del Freddo” (The Palace of Cold), usually known as “Gelateria Fassi”.
Here you’ll be in “the oldest Italian ice-cream factory”, as you can read at the entrance, frequented by Romans especially during summer time, when those hot, lazy afternoons are coming and a breezy night is all you long for.
“Palazzo del Freddo” is a huge, vintage “fridge” which has retained its original charm; one of my favourite places for getting together with friends, maybe after a movie at the outdoor summer cinema of Piazza Vittorio, or a dinner in one of the many restaurants of the multiethnic Esquilino neighborhood.
Don’t forget to go collect your ticket from the cashier before getting to the main line of the long ice-cream counter; try to make a quick decision in front of that eye-catching selection of 30 flavours (still made according to the original recipe) and – once you have your “gelato” – go have a seat in the parlour, where a small fountain of fresh water is there to quench your thirst!
And… if you’re a real gourmand – just like me! – ask for “doppia panna”: you’ll have your ice-cream cone filled up to the brim with fresh whipped cream, with a final tuft on top of the perfectly rounded scoops of ice-cream flavours you’ve chosen.
That’s what I call Luxury!