2hr Private Walking Tour of Boston's Little Italy
The North End is Boston's oldest residential neighborhood and a historically Italian district. The North End is famous for its Italian restaurants and bakeries, narrow streets and European, Old World charm. A walking tour through the North End will feature a mix of Boston's colonial and immigrant history, as well as experiencing the incredibly well-preserved urban architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century. This is by far the most walking-friendly tour in all Boston, and my personal favorite. The area features nearly 400 years of history, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards. Explore the neighborhood and see the hidden gems that only a local guide could show you.
Some of the sites you will see:
The North End Parks and Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Paul Revere House, downtown Boston's oldest remaining structure, from 1680!
Old North Church and Copp's Hill Burying Ground
And, of coarse, the Italian bakeries!
We will walk in a large figure-eight shaped route through the neighborhood that will generally follow the stops listed below. However, the route and subject matter of the tour can be completely customized based on your interests.
1) Introduction to Boston and the North End at meeting location
2) North Square and Paul Revere's House
3) Hanover Street
5) Paul Revere Mall and Saint Stephen's Church
6) the historic Old North Church
7) Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston's 2nd oldest
8) Copp's Hill Terrace
9) North Bennet Street area
10) Salem Street and Bova's Bakery for a snack
In between each stop I take a route that will allow the client to see the city at its best, and experience the neighborhood as locals do.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: 66-70 Cross Street, Boston MA near the corner with Hanover Street
End location: The tour will end near the intersection of Salem Street and Parmenter Street. I can help you get back to the tour starting location if you want, or I can recommend places to eat nearby. Since the neighborhood is known for its Italian cuisine, this is a popular choice.
Duration: 2 hours
August has many Italian feast days on certain weekends, which could affect the route and duration of the tour
This is a walking only tour, as parking is very difficult and the streets are very narrow. The start location is very close to the Haymarket station on the green line and orange line of the Boston subway system (MBTA)
My services for 2 hrs (and sometimes more!)
Bottled water in warmer weather
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 USD - I recommend having $10 on hand in case you wish to go into the Paul Revere House Museum or for a snack, pastry, or water.
If you wish to go inside the Paul Revere House or purchase food or snacks, I recommend bringing $10 for this. However, this is not necessary.
2017 Ford Escape can seat 4 passengers (not including driver) however, it is a smaller SUV so 3 passengers would be more comfortable. I can arrange larger transportation for an additional cost.
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David is a tremendous guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the history of Boston's North End was apparent throughout the walk. We saw lots of nifty nooks and crannies that most people would walk right past, and heard great stories about the colonial history of this fascinating neighborhood, as well as the waves of later immigration that turned it into a Jewish, Irish and Italian district. And the capper: he showed us where to get the best cannoli! Highest recommendation!