Gelato means ice cream in Italian, but it is so much more than that.
Italians seem to have a knack for turning the simple into something extraordinary. Cue the worldwide appeal of pasta and pizza. Just noodles and bread, but yet, so much more than that. Gelato is pretty much the same sort of je ne sais pas.
The proportion of ingredients in gelato and ice cream are different, giving gelato a stronger, more robust flavour than ice cream. Gelato is also associated with artisans and high quality natural ingredients, which is why we hardly find Bubblegum-flavoured gelato.
Technically gelato is a frozen emulsion of fats, water, sugar, and other solids; Poetically, well, it is an ephemeral foam of flavour; light, sweet and delicate.
To quote, "A great gelato will always be dreamy; the only proof of its existence would be a wondrous aroma that lingers long after it has melted away."
Have a gelato, it will make your day :)