I don't want to say that eating tons of gelato was the best part about visiting Rome because it wasn't, but it was pretty great. The oldest gelateria in Rome, Giolitti (pictured second), tops their already giant cone with whipped cream. I got almond and chocolate and it was decadent and delicious. At the classic Sicilian gelateria Origini (pictured third from the top) I got banana and vanilla with flecks of chocolate and nuts. It was absolutely delicious, but not my absolute favorite. That honor went to Gelateria Del Teatro where I got salvia e lampone (sage and raspberry) and the most intense chocolate I've ever tasted. The raspberry sage combo was incredible and definitely something I'll be searching for here in NYC.
On the one day I didn't get an afternoon gelato I tried a granita from Gran Caffè Tazza d’Oro (pictured second from bottom) which was amazing, but gave me a bit of a tummy ache from all of the caffeine and creme. As for the best part of visiting Rome? Hanging out with my BFF Maddie who moved there in January. To read up on more great things to do in Rome, visit the site she's been working on YoungInRome.com.