Little Italy, San Diego

Little Italy, San Diego (must see)

Little Italy is an old and historic Italian neighborhood in the downtown sector of San Diego. It started in the 19th century and was primarily populated by Italian immigrants who came to this part of California for the fishing trade. The location grew over time, and the local Italian population recreated some of their favorite parts of Italy here. This part of the San Diego Bay area, though, was a natural for the immigrants, as the general weather, seaside, and fishing is very similar to Italy and Sicily.

In more recent times, this historic neighborhood is full of some of the best restaurants in town, great shopping, design stores, and art galleries galore. There are many condominium style housing units here also, that have been created from some of the old historic buildings that were abandoned in the recent past.

The Community as a whole is still alive with frequent festivals and events. There is also a wonderful Farmer’s Market, which is called the Mercato. Despite its downtown location, it boasts a low crime rate when compared to other neighborhoods in town. It is managed by the Little Italy Neighborhood Association.

Why You Should Visit:
Every kind of place to eat, drink and socialize. Figuring which place to try is a problem because all are inviting!
The piazzas are fun, clean and the vibe is very lively.

Tip:
Check out Filippi's Pizza Grotto if you're at all serious about eating incredible pizza and enjoying the fun San Diego vibe that Little Italy exemplifies.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Little Italy
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in San Diego, California

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Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
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Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Balboa Park Walking Tour, San Diego

Balboa Park Walking Tour, San Diego

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

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