Gelato boom in Rome after lockdown

Romans consume two million ice creams over first post-lockdown weekend.

Rome's artisan gelato shops registered a boom over the first weekend after lockdown as customers flocked to gelaterie across the capital as well as along the coast, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

A total of 240,000 kg of gelato was consumed over the weekend, served in more than two million cones and cups, according to ANSA.

The data was compiled by Fiepet-Confesercenti, the Italian federation of public and tourist traders, in collaboration with the Italian Gelato Makers Association (AIG).

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