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The Big History of Little Italy, San Diego

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Little Italy has sprung into life throughout the last decade and is now a popular place for vacationers and locals. Planning a trip to San Diego? Book a room at an affordable Little Italy hotel and don’t miss out on the cuisine, nightlife and beautiful views offered throughout this small, but lively town near Downtown San Diego. You may not believe it, but the Little Italy you see today hasn’t always been a must-see destination; community members worked hard to get this town on its feet.

San Diego’s Little Italy has a history that most aren’t aware of. People flock from all over the country to visit this vibrant and thriving town because it offers family-style service, top-notch food and wine and not to mention the vast array of Big Bay views! If you flash back to Little Italy nearly a century ago when it originated in the 1920s, you would see a different scene before your eyes.

In the early 1920s Little Italy became a refuge and community for Italians that wanted to call California’s golden coast home. Some say San Diego’s Little Italy was different than other predominantly Italian towns across the country because the community tried to maintain their homeland’s traditions and culture. Looking at Little Italy today, we see true Italian heritage in the art, corner cafes, cuisine and décor scattered throughout the town.

Contributing to the growth of Little Italy was the San Francisco Earthquake of 1903. Much of San Francisco’s Italian population flocked to San Diego after their homes and business were damaged or destroyed. Once in San Diego and settled into what used to be known as the “Italian Colony,” many were able to quickly get work as tuna fishermen. However, in 1970 their bustling community almost came crashing down as San Diego began building the 5 freeway directly through their town. For the next 30 years Little Italy and its residents would struggle to keep their small, but proud community afloat.

Once the Little Italy Association was created in 1996, urban redevelopment projects began. The Little Italy Association has focused on bringing the community together to clean, restore and revamp the 48 blocks within their jurisdiction. The result for visitors today is a mecca of art, dining and culture; you will see the heart of Italian hospitality in almost everyone you meet.

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