Little Italy is a somewhat hilly neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, California that was originally a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood. It has since been gentrified and now Little Italy is a scenic neighborhood composed mostly of Italian restaurants, Italian retail shops, home design stores, art galleries, and residential units.
Little Italy is one of the more active downtown neighborhoods and has frequent festivals and events including a farmers' market ever Wednesday and Saturday, also known as the Mercato (the Market, in Italian). The neighborhood has low crime rates when compared with other neighborhoods in Downtown San Diego and is maintained by the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, which looks after trash collection, decorations, and special events.
The farmers’ market features freshly caught fish, vegetables and fruit from local farmers, pastries from local bakeries, flowers and plants from local farms, and art from local artists and more. It's definitely not to be missed!
The majority of events held are related to Italian culture. Most of the events center on and around India street, usually bordered by Grape street to the north and Beech Street or Ash Street to the south and the newly designed Piazza della Famiglia located on W. Date. St. between India St & Columbia St. The Piazza della Famiglia opened in March of 2018. Visitors and residents can stroll through the 10,000-square-foot European-style piazza. A beautiful tiled fountain sits at the East side of the Piazza and tables and chairs with umbrellas line the cobblestone street—inviting the public to take in the beautiful scene and San Diego Bay views over lunch, coffee or a gathering with friends and family. Piazza della Famiglia is located in the “heart” of Little Italy and is dedicated to the past, present, and future families of the Little Italy neighborhood. It has become a central community gathering place to host farmers’ markets, concerts, cultural events, and more.
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