June 8, 2014 12:00 AM

In the heart of Florence’s gelato shops

It’s only 9:30 a.m. but I’m ready for my first gelato of the day. Standing at the counter of Il Re del Gelato, a short walk from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station, I’m eager for a taste of the creamy orange gelato that won a top prize at the 2013 Gelato Festival. Each May, the festival attracts hundreds of thousands of gelato-licking enthusiasts in Florence, Milan and Rome.

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