Summer is definitely here in Tuscany. With temperatures pushing forty degrees centigrade, one way to keep your cool under the Tuscan sun is to do what the Italians do: eat gelato.
When I was a child, summer family dinners would always conclude, at about ten o’clock at night, with a trip to the local bar to buy gelato. We would eat it from little tubs or coppe in the heat of the night, with bats swooping overhead as we walked back home under the stars, to the soundtrack of crickets.
Italian artisan gelato comes in such a wide variety of flavors that while I was out and about in the Tuscan Valtiberina—and beyond—I decided to search out the most refreshing to ward off the summer heat. Here are my top five.