Best Italian Sweets & Desserts

So, right now I have a few pesky university exams – but totally don’t want to not be posting right? So I was lucky enough to be helped by the wonderful freelance writer, Emily Jones, who will be guest posting for you all today!

She knows I very much have a sweet tooth, she knows you, my wonderful readers have a sweet tooth, so with an Italian twist she decided to satisfy all of us with one slammin’ post!

Please give her a warm welcome mes cheris! And I promise to be back soon 😀

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Italy is renowned worldwide for its delicious traditional cuisine and Italian sweets and desserts are no exception to this rule. The country is celebrated for a number of delightful chocolatey and creamy desserts that are sure to make your mouth water and get your taste buds tingling. You can always try making them at home with a good recipe book; however nothing quite beats indulging in one or two or even all five during a fabulous Italian getaway! If you are planning a trip to Italy, check, where you will be able to organise your stay in a city such as Milan via this page. So here is a list of some of Italy’s best sweets and desserts to indulge in during your visit.

Tiramisù is without a doubt one of Italy’s greatest culinary exports. The delicate flavours of sweetened mascarpone, coffee and chocolate combine to make a heavenly dessert fit for a king. This sweet is thought to have originated in the Veneto region of Italy and numerous variations with tasty ingredients such as strawberries and pistachios have since been created.


Gelato is yet another Italian dessert that has thoroughly conquered the global market. It is creamier and softer than standard ice-cream and comes in a vast variety of scrumptious flavours. Gelaterias serving up homemade gelato tend to be the best and the most inventive and innovative when it comes down to exciting new flavours that are sure to go down a treat.

Cannoli originate from Sicily and are now one of the most popular takeaway desserts in the whole of Italy. They consist of a light and crispy pastry shell filled with ricotta or mascarpone cheese. Much like gelato or tiramisù, they can then be flavoured with a whole host of tasty treats including chocolate drops, pistachios and candied fruit.


Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta roughly translates into English as “cooked cream” and although many consider it to be a simple dessert, when cooked well it is absolutely divine. A traditional panna cotta is made with sugar, cream, milk and gelatine and will most likely be flavoured with vanilla or coffee and accompanied by a rich chocolate or caramel sauce and fresh fruit.


Sfogliatelle are delectable pastries originating from the southern Italian city of Naples. The perfect sfogliatella is light and crispy and filled with something sweet and rich in flavour such as ricotta, chocolate or fresh cream. This mouth-watering dessert comes in many different shapes and sizes and is sure to make for the perfect end to any Italian dinner party.


There can be no doubt that Italy is home to some of the tastiest and best-loved sweets and desserts in the world.

I remember when I visited Italy, I genuinely could not stop eating, so it is any wonder that Emily’s list has left me starving for the goodness of all that is dolci (see what I did there?) 😉

Thanks so much Emily for your fantastic post, not only have I learnt about some more delicious Italian desserts, I now have a bowl of gelato in front of me!

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  1. Oh so beautiful! I would love to travel to Italy and experience the authenticity of eating these gorgeous desserts in combination with the richness of all that country has to offer, but I may need to settle for my local Italian bakery. Maybe I should make my own bakery tour and give them all a try. 🙂 That would be fun!


  2. navane64 says:

    Been to Italy and had a great time sightseeing as well as dive into the desserts. I certainly agree over the deliciousness of all those in this post.


  3. I love Italy and all of the food it has to offer. I don’t think I stopped eating while I was there! my favorite region was Piemonte for the slow food (and the delicious wines, of course).

    Good luck with exams!


  4. Good luck with the exams, CCU! I hope Emily has made a few of these to sustain you through these stressful times. The Italians really can do dessert brilliantly (Thanks for the round up Emily – love panna cotta, love tiramisu, and putting cannoli on my list of things to try.)


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