Bologna is really one of the best cities in Italy for gelato, we even have a gelato Museum and we finish with it all ours food tours in Bologna.
The number of quality places is impressive: here is my shortlist of the ones you shouldn't miss.
You could find this parlor in your guide with the name of Stefino. It's a long story but let's just say that now Stefino is in Via S.Vitale and Galliera 49 is still my favourite.
Seasonal and organic fruit flavours (you won't find melon in December) and great classics such as rum chocolate or Mediterranean cream.
But if you're looking for their best, ask for granita.
Melon and figs granita
Via Galliera, 49/b Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 246736
Far from Bologna city center, you need to catch the bus to get there but well deserves the efforts.
Born in 2004 by the mind of a software architect who discovered the perfect alchemy of gelato, has now one best reference in Bologna (ask Gambero Rosso about it).
Stay on the classics (cream, chocolate sorbet) or try unexpected flavours (gorgonzola cheese may sound weird but believe me, it's just delicious).
Or go with Sciroccata: granita, ice cream and cream: pure pleasure.
Gorgonzola cheese and almonds
Via Agostino Barelli, 1 Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 6010051
Cremeria Santo Stefano
Imagine a small French patisserie where you could have one of the best gelato in Bologna and maybe Italy.
This place is really tiny and charming and if you're lucky you could seat and taste the 7 churches cream or Baraccano's chocolate or try the homemade ghiaccioli (ice sticks).
From June 2016 they have a lab next door where they produce brioche, focacce and panettoni. Get focaccia with gelato but don't tell your doctor about it.
Bronte's pistachio, white coffee
Via Santo Stefano, 70 Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 227045
Strolling around Via San Vitale you can meet a gelato shop directly from the south of Italy.
At Gelatauro you taste pistachio or almond gelato like only in Sicily or Calabria you can have. The jasmine granita and the sweet manna (a resin that only grows from ash trees in Castelbuono) are unique.
The place is cute and you can also have one of the best breakfast in Bologna there, trying some of their handmade cookies or (in winter) their hot chocolate.
Via San Vitale, 98 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 230049
Cremeria San Francesco
I know that in this list i kept out some of the most famous gelaterie of Bologna: Sorbetteria Castiglione, Cremeria Funivia, Cremeria Mascarella make really great artisan gelato.
But the best part of my job is to update this post very ofter, isn't it? ;)