Okay for anyone who is thinking "all ice cream is the same," you are very wrong. 1. It absolutely is not. 2. Gelato is not ice cream.
Yes literally translated, gelato means ice cream, but it's different than ice cream. First big difference: There's less fat. Ice cream legally has a minimum of 10 percent fat, gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream, so it contains more like five to seven percent. Gelato isn't as solid resulting in that melt-in-your-mouth sensation.
Second, ice cream makers often increase the weight of their product with water. But according to E.U. regulations, that isn't allowed—meaning gelato is higher-density, with a higher flavor-impact. That also means that if ingredients are high-quality, you can really tell.
Finally, ice cream is made for long-term storage. Gelato isn't. It's frozen quickly, in small batches, so has to be eaten fresh.
This means when you're walking around Italian cities looking for some delicious gelato, avoid the big puffy vats of gelato. Although they look pretty, they are stored longer therefore they probably aren't made from fresh ingredients.
SO...since there is a gelateria on every block (literally 4 within a 5 minute walk from me), I have made it my mission to find as many delicious flavors as I can (still a work in progress). SO far we have: