Come along with Tour Guide Mark Jacobson to experience the holiday magic of Little Italy on this virtual walking tour. The story of this beloved San Diego neighborhood has been one of hope and despair, growth and decline, genesis and exodus, and, today, renaissance! Hear the inspirational stories of local Italian immigrants who labored to build thriving businesses and preserve their culture in this small enclave of our great city. Along the way, Mark will unveil hidden landmarks and regale you with fun facts and interesting tidbits. Learn about Italian holiday traditions and food while enjoying a myriad of fesive decorations and lights.
Discover special seasonal treats from local establishments, including a visit to one of Little Italy’s most popular Italian bakeries. Witness Little Italy’s two stunning Christmas trees, including a permanent 30-foot-tall live tree which stands in the Piazza della Famiglia as well as a 25-foot Venetian faux stained-glass tree that sits over the Piazza Basilone fountain. Visit the city’s oldest Italian restaurant, which is still a wildly popular icon in San Diego. See Little Italy’s stunning Italian Church, built in 1925 and adorned with Renaissance style frescoes and breathtaking oil paintings. You won’t want to miss this colorful and tasty tour!