When first in Rome, it is not out of the ordinary for gelati or ice cream lovers like me, to have a gelati from the first vendor they see. BEWARE! Do not be tempted to buy your gelati from one of the vendors selling from a trailer along the road. You will pay anything up to three times the price of the same gelati in one of the little shops that you will find at regular intervals along your way. In 2002, I paid 5 Euro for a one scoop cone from a trailer and later that day from a little shop in the Trevi fountain area had exactly the same for 1.5 Euro. Bottled water bought from the trailers is another trap. You can get your bottled water at any of the many supermarkets around Rome for a lot less. The trailers around the Collosseum area are particularly expensive.
Unique Suggestions: If you absolutely MUST have gelati and there is only a trailer in view, then at least ask first how much it will cost. I believe that sometimes they will simply take whatever money you hand them and not give change, whereas if you ask first, then they have to give you a price which you are at liberty to accept or reject.
Fun Alternatives: Forewarned is forearmed - look for the little shops first.
Some girls in the group went to an ice-cream vendor, and asked the price for ice-cream. The vendor scooped a cone for each, gave them the ice-cream, and said "10 000 Lira" (It was in the days before the Euro). That's the equivalent of around $8-$10 Canadian - for a frigin' ice cream cone! He wouldn't lower the price, and so they had to each pay 10 000 Lira.
Unique Suggestions: If you can haggle the price, do it. If you can't be aware that you might get ripped off if you're dealing with a street vendor.
Fun Alternatives: Don't even approach a vendor if you don't want to buy what they have.
Ice cream vendor in Piazza Venetia.
Buyers beware! Always ask the price before you buy!
We ordered 4 ice cream cones and a bottle of water and were charged 29 Euros!
Unique Suggestions: Always ask the price before you buy - If it's too much, try haggling and, if they won't budge, go elsewhere!
You will pay at least twice as much for gelato for lesser quality at these portable stands. They are everywhere! Wait and go to the shops especially the gelato shop in the Pantheon square.