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Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy, San Diego, CA

The Basics

At 48 square blocks, Little Italy San Diego is the largest in the United States and is best seen on foot. The eclectic neighborhood’s charming sidewalk cafés and one-of-a-kind specialty stores are reasons enough to head to this district, with locals and visitors alike strolling the streets to get a feel for the mom-and-pop restaurants, art galleries, and retail shops that make the northwest end of downtown San Diego so famous. On Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm, the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws crowds to its stalls offering fresh, California-grown produce, trendy foods, and crafts. Many visitors choose to eat and drink their way through this Old World slice of San Diego—a Little Italy food tour is a great way to explore the area.

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San Diego Scenic Tour
San Diego Scenic Tour
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
San Diego Highlights.
Roxanne was great. Veterans Memorial was the best. All the seals at the Children's Pool were also great.
John_O, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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October 4 tour
dkt310, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Great going to all the different locations. There was a good amount of time at each stop. I really thought it was too many people in one van, during the covid times. And the back row… we were way to stuffed in. Pretty much sitting on top of strangers.
star-5
Awesome Hop On Trolley
Rita, May 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The whole experience was great. Clean trolleys, great knowledgeable tour guides and lots of stops at historical points of interest. Loved it!
star-5
Best experience
Christina, Apr 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
It was such a beautiful tour of the city. Runs every 30min due to Covid-19. The conductor was so energetic and that made the experience much more worthwhile.
star-5
The best food ever!!...
Cindy_C, Oct 2021
Taste of Little Italy in San Diego
The best food ever!! Tried food I normally wouldn’t order but it ended up better than I ever expected.
star-5
Roxane was great....
Nancy_L, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Roxane was great. However, it was a full bus making the back bench seat very crowded and uncomfortable. The smallness of the bus made getting down the aisle difficult for some people.
star-5
Great value and service
Stewart_M, Oct 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The history and views of San Diego make this well worth the money.
star-5
Fun time ?
Janice_C, Oct 2021
San Diego City Lights Night Tour
Loved the trolley ride and very informative , Loved Looney “ Jokes” He was very entertaining and very courteous
star-5
Super Segway Tour
Cheryl_D, Sep 2021
Private San Diego Segway Fanatic Tour
Bridget was an excellent and entertaining guide. We covered most of Balboa Park and a big part of the city on our tour. It was a great way to get the lay of the land and Bridget also gave us pointers for the rest of our stay in San Diego.
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Fun Day
Edith_H, Sep 2021
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
Our tour guide, Tommy, was interactive with the guest and his sprinkles of humor made things more enjoyable.
star-5
A Tour to Remember
Sylvia_D, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Every part of the tour was great, La Jolla, Mt Soledad, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, Old Town SanDiego. Being given time to walk around and explore was great. Driving by other areas like Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Airport and given history on every area of the tour was nice. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone it was a great experience. Roxane was our driver she was great, friendly and very knowledgeable in history of San Diego.
star-4
Spot a Stop
Janice_B, Oct 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The driver made the tour fun. She was knowledgeable and spoke very clearly. each stop had its charm.
star-5
Great Time beautiful...
Cruz_Q, Sep 2021
San Diego City Lights Night Tour
Great Time beautiful lights we went to little Italy right after and ate a late dinner we would recommend the trip family and friends .

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Travelers into food and fun will enjoy Little Italy’s culinary and entertainment options.

  • The heart of Little Italy is the one-way India Street, with cars able to travel only south-to-north. Most people enter Little Italy from the corner of Ash and India streets.

  • Look for the landmark Little Italy sign arched over India Street at the corner of India and Cedar streets in the heart of Little Italy.

  • Little Italy is a pedestrian-friendly area prime for walking tours.

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How to Get There

Little Italy is located on a hill in the northwest end of downtown San Diego, a few blocks away from the Embarcadero. The district’s geographic boundaries are Union Street on the east, Harbor Drive on the west, Ash Street on the south, and Laurel Street on the north. The San Diego Trolley stops two blocks from the heart of Little Italy.

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When to Get There

Little Italy is a city neighborhood, with varied opening times for the different businesses contained within it.

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Festivals in San Diego’s Little Italy

Little Italy San Diego is known for several fun festivals, including Little Italy Festa! in the fall and the Mission Federal ArtWalk every spring. Halloween time brings out the trick-or-treaters, and during the holiday season there’s a tree lighting and a Christmas village.

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