Victoria’s Gelato Diary – Part I: Umbria, Puglia & Campania


In search of the best gelato...

In search of the best gelato…

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Victoria’s Gelato Diary – Part I

In search of the best gelato in Italy…committed to tasting,  evaluating, and sharing…all for YOU!

Let’s begin with…

Umbria, Puglia and Campania!


Your Intrepid Gelato Detective was hard at work this ApIMG_3416ril and May in Italy!

Intensive research – seeking out gelaterie recommended by locals and experts, succumbing to on-location temptation and sacrifice (of  my diet and spandex)…shall we begin? Grazie to the gelaterie of…




Lecce, Alberobello, Otranto, Polignano a Mare


Positano, Paestum, Sorrento

Spacer-LaDolceVitaVictoria’s Gelato Detective 5-Star Rating

Tools of the trade!

Tools of the trade!

My rating is based on the gelato being artiginale (always made fresh daily on the premises with high quality ingredients), eye appeal (no artificial fluff or colors), and an indescribably delicious and authentic flavor, i.e., taste buds zingin’ and singin’!

5 Spoons = La Dolce Vita is in gelato paradiso!

4 Spoons = Not quite gelato paradiso (what would Dante call that?) but definitely delicioso nonetheless

3 Spoons = OK, but didn’t live up to expectations or reviews – maybe a 2nd chance another time?

2 Spoons = Oh dear...looks can be deceiving (so can reviews)

1 Spoon = Detecting gelato no-no’s, passed this one up (sometimes all it takes is looking at it to know it’s a 1)


                                       Gelateria                   Gusti (Flavors)     1-5 Spoons


#1 Orvieto         Il Gelato di Pasqualetti    Pistacchio & ?        4.75







#2  Lecce                     Natale                Pistacchio & Bacio            4.75





#3  Alberobello            Sorry!          Fior di Latte & Nocciola        3.5






#4 Lecce                Degli Angeli         Didn’t taste – too fluffy        NA







#5 Lecce                 Living Cafe       Pistacchio &  Nocciola           4.5





#6  Otranto        Gelato Naturale        Tiramisu & Cassata         4.0

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#7 Lecce              Luca Capilungo       Too busy with dolci demo!     

Luca Capilungo

An amazing array of dolci!

#8 Lecce               Tentazione                Pistacchio                          4.75

A demon & a tasting! Excellent!

A demo & a tasting! Excellent!

 #9 Polignano a Mare    Caruso        3 amazing gelato/caffe treats  

Victoria’s All-Star 5.0 Favorites!   

One of my ALL-STAR  Favorites!

Caruso – One of my ALL-STAR Favorites!

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#10 Positano        Buca di Bacco         Pesca (peach) & Fig            4.25





#11 Paestrum        Barlotti                Nocciola & Riccota e Pera     

Barlotti is unique because it’s gelato is made from fresh, rich and creamy buffalo milk! What a treat!

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#12 Sorrento        Agida                    Nocciola & Pistacchio             3.25





#13 Sorrento        Zini                         Bacio & Limone                4.5



#14 Sorrento        Bougainville   Mousse Cioccolato & Nocciola

Victoria’s All Star 5.0 Favorites!





Spacer-LaDolceVitaGelato…fun and delicious!

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Learn about gelato and why it isn’t ice cream!

The Scoop on Gelato


 Victoria’s Gelato Diary – Part II

The Gelato Detective in Rome and Florence…


Send Me a Postcard!Send Me a Postcard!

Have you tried any great gelato in any of these regions? Please share!  Just comment below!

2 Responses to Victoria’s Gelato Diary – Part I: Umbria, Puglia & Campania

  1. Carol Watson says:

    Made me oh so hungry, & wanting to go back to Italy once again. Had many, enjoyed them all but so many more to taste & discover.

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