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Florence's Gelato and Pastry Shops

Sweet-lovers have a bounty of gelato and pastry shops to choose from in Florence.

Dolci e Dolcezze. The pasticceria (bakery) Dolci e Dolcezze, just off colorful Borgo La Croce, has the prettiest and tastiest cakes, sweets, and tarts in town. It's closed Monday. Piazza C. Beccaria 8/r, Sant'Ambrogio, Florence, 50122. 055/2345458. No credit cards.

Gelateria Carabe. Specializing in things Sicilian, this shop is known for its tart and flavorful granità (granular flavored ices), made only in the summer, which are great thirst-quenchers. Via Ricasoli 60/r, San Marco, Florence, 50122. 055/289476. www.gelatocarabe.com. No credit cards.

Gelateria La Carraia. Those in the know contend that this is the best gelateria show in town. The limone ai biscotti (a delicate lemon sorbet dotted with crumbled cookie) might well illustrate the point. Piazza, Nazario Sauro 25, Lungarno, Florence, 50100. 055/280 695. www.lacarraiagroup.eu.

Grom. A stone's throw from the Duomo, this is one of the best gelaterias in town. Flavors change frequently according to the season, so expect a fragrant gelato di cannella (cinnamon ice cream) in winter and lively fresh fruit flavors in summer. Though the original Grom hails from Turin (and there's a Grom in New York City), this is still probably the best gelato in town. Via del Campanile, Duomo, Florence, 50122. 055/216158. www.grom.it. No credit cards.

I Dolci di Patrizio Corsi. Florentines with serious sweet tooths come to i Dolci di Patrizio Corsi, which has a deliciously bewildering selection of chocolate- and cream-filled pastries. Borgo Albizi 15/r, Santa Croce, Florence, 50122. 055/2480367. Open daily; closed Sun. afternoon.

Vestri. This shop is devoted to chocolate in all its guises. The small but sublime selection of chocolate-based gelati includes one with hot peppers. Borgo Albizi 11/r, Santa Croce, Florence, 50122. 055/2340374. www.vestri.it. No credit cards.

Vivoli. The reputation of Vivoli as the best gelateria in town is somewhat dated, but it's still worth visiting this Florentine institution. Via Isola delle Stinche 7/r, Santa Croce, Florence, 50122. 055/292334. www.vivoli.it. No credit cards.

Updated: 2014-04-18

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