Unlike many tourist-driven communities, the charming neighborhood of Little Italy is authentic to its roots, from the Italian-speaking residents to the imported delicacies. The main thoroughfare, India Street, is filled with lively cafés, gelato shops, bakeries, and restaurants. Art lovers can browse gallery showrooms, while shoppers adore the Fir Street cottages. Home to many in San Diego’s design community, Little Italy exudes a sense of urban cool. The neighborhood bustles each Saturday during the wildly popular Mercato farmers’ market, and at special events throughout the year such as Artwalk in spring and FESTA! each fall. Yet the neighborhood is also marked by old-country charms: church bells ring on the half-hour, and Italians gather daily to play bocce in Amici Park. After an afternoon of gelati and espresso, you may just forget that you're in Southern California.
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