First, we went to Giolitti. This cheerfully crowded old store not far from the pantheon is brightly lite and hard to miss.
The massive selection is definitely a nightmare for the indecisive. Especially when there is a line of folks starring at the back of your head. Fortunately, we are not the indecisive sort. My standby pistachio and hazelnut were super awesome. Extremely creamy, this style is by far my favorite guilty pleasure in Rome.
That is not to say that I don't want to visit a gelateria of an entirely different style also. Il Gelato di San Crispino near the Trevi fountain is the polar opposite of Giolitti. While Giolitti is warm, messy, and crowded, the well-hidden San Crispino is quite, sterile, and lab-like. All of the gelato are shielded from view under shinning silver covers.