What to buy?
What to buy, then? In most places they offer three sizes of cones and three sizes of cups, plus they have their own special super-size offers. The "cono piccolo", the small cone, costs in non-touristic places 1.50-1.70 euros. The biggest one costs 2.00-2.20 euros and the middle one something in between. However, during my one-month stay in Italy i NEVER tried anything else than cono piccolo, because they are HUGE!
This is what is included in the 1.50 price of cono piccolo:
- A normal size ice-cream cone.
- Three tastes of ice-cream.
- Cream. Loads of it.
- Sometimes a decorative bisquit.
HERE IS A REAL GOOD INSIDER-TIP, which you have no other way of knowing! In non-touristic places, like Fano, people are very generous in the gelaterias. So, if you ask "Panna sotto, grazie" (meaning: cream inside), before telling the ice-cream-man what tastes would you like, you will get cream INSIDE your ice-cream cone!!! Isn't that awesome? And it doesn't cost anything extra!
NOTE: In touristic cities like Riccione or Rimini these standars may not apply. Compare the prices and ask locals for a good and cheap gelatería. All locals have an opinion about this issue!