Experience the story of Little Italy San Diego—a neighborhood with an Italian presence since 1871!
Six thousand families of Genovese and Sicilian origin once called this home. The salty sea air, ready-made port, date palms, bougainvillea, geraniums, olive trees, and cactus plants reminded many Italians of their sunny fishing villages back home. They painted their tiny wooden bungalow homes the colors favored by their ancestors. They built their own boats, fished with hand-sewn nets, cultivated fruit and vegetable gardens, made fresh pasta by hand, and baked golden loaves of sesame-topped Italian bread in igloo-shaped backyard ovens.
Come discover hidden neighborhood Little Italy landmarks that chart their story through time!
Highlights of our guided history tour adventure include:
For a time, for the local Italians of Little Italy, paradise was theirs. We recreate the world that was and showcase the hip and stylish neighborhood Little Italy has become. You will also be indulging in a wonderful Sicilian-style breakfast or exquisite aperitivo-style buffet along with your walking tour. Let us give you the full experience of this charming neighborhood, frozen in time and rich with history.
Join us for an excursion through Little Italy!
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At a Glance
Bel Mattino Tour
The morning tour begins at Cafe Zucchero (inside Nonna, and located at 1735 India Street), for our continental Sicilian breakfast, followed by the guided excursion through the neighborhood. Breakfast includes a cappuccino, hot tea, or Italian soda and an Iris, a traditional Sicilian, ricotta-filled pastry (more than half a pound!)
Bella Serata Tour
The evening tour begins at Piazza della Famiglia. After an initial greeting, we embark on our guided excursion through the neighborhood, and we finish at Amici House for a fantastic Sicilian aperitivo including a delightful assortment of appetizers!