Away from the center of frenzied tourism in the center of Rome, is a large old fashioned gelato shop. Fassi is located in Esquilino near the Termini train station.
It is the oldest one in Rome, started in 1880. This former “palace of frozen delights” is showing her age, but the gelato is fresh, every day.
To one wall is a museum like display of former machines used for making gelato.
Fassi 1880 has so many flavors that it’s hard to find the time to look at all of them.
There are tables inside and a drinking fountain for water (the best drink for ice cream).
The best part of this place is the diversity in customers, old and young, immigrants, tourists, and everything in between. It’s the most diverse place I’ve seen in Rome.
Like most gelato shops, they serve you two flavors even in a small cup or cone, and you can get whipped cream on top.