About Little Italy in Boston's North End
Little Italy is a must visit waterfront community in the North End of Boston
Located in the North End of Boston, Little Italy, is an intricate maze of small streets with some of the city's oldest buildings. On a free guided Walking Tour, tourists pass historical landmarks such as the 1680’s Paul Revere House as well as the Old North Church, which played a pivotal role at the start of the American Revolution.
Heading up Hull Street, after you have left the Old North Church, you will reach one of the favorite tourist spots in Boston, The Skinny House.
This is Boston's most uniquely house located at 44 Hull St. It was constructed shortly after the Civil War as a "spite house". It was built on land that a soldier left to his family, and was constructed by him. When he was away, the rest of the family built several large houses on the inherited land, leaving the soldier with only a small piece of land on which to build this skinny house. It was purposefully constructed to block sunlight and ruin the view of other family members looking out over Boston Harbor (hence the word "spite").
The stairs at Copp’s Hill Burial Ground are the best way to see the Skinny House. Copps' Hill (1632) is Boston's oldest burial ground, where you can visit the graves of Cotton and Increase Mather (who created the weather-vains at the top of Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church).
Boston's Little Italy is a 1-square-mile waterfront community. It is located near the Government Center and financial district. The neighborhood is highly sought-after by professionals working nearby. It also attracts tourists and Bostonian’s who are looking for the best Italian food and the distinct Italian atmosphere of the area. The main streets of this vibrant historic neighborhood are Hanover and Salem Streets. They are lined with great restaurants, cafes, and shops selling a wide range of delicious edible goods. It would not be a complete Boston trip without stopping at one of the more than 100 fine Italian restaurants in North End.
Historically speaking, the North End was populated with small, inexpensive restaurants at the end of 19th century. There were 12 Italian restaurants in the North End by 1909. A few of these restaurants became well-known by the 1930s. The streets of the North End are now lined with small grocery stores, pubs, retail shops and best of the best Italian eateries.
Nearby Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront offers luxurious accommodations just steps from the heart of Boston’s North End. Staying at Boston's best harborfront luxury boutique hotel will give you easy access to the best restaurants and shops in town. If you're an avid cyclist, you can even rent a bike from a bike rental vendor and cycle through this unique section of the city. Once you are checked in to your hotel room, you can venture out and indulge in a wide variety of things to do like visiting the Boston Children's Museum, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum or the Charlestown Navy Yard which is home to the moored USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") built in 1797. In addition to all the shopping and dining you’ll love to do, you can also visit other proximate destinations such as the Museum of Science or Harvard Square.
Arguably the most popular attraction on Boston’s North End, the Paul Revere House is your best bet if you love history and culture. You should definitely check out this lovely chalet named after the famous Massachusetts silversmith and Revolutionary War hero. .
If you are a lover of nightlife, Little Italy has many pubs and taverns to visit like The Green Dragon Tavern (1764), Bell-in-Hand (1795), and many other clubs and pubs around Faneuil Hall, Canal and Hanover Streets. All of these places allow you to drink and dance (in a noisy and lively manner). Boston’s pubs, taverns and speakeasies have been a good way to escape Boston's sometimes extreme weather while providing an excuse for celebratory drinks.
If you are a sports fan, other things to do in Boston north end would include going to the TD Garden to get tickets to a Boston Celtics basketball game or a Boston Bruins hockey game if in season. Or take a cab to world famous Fenway Park to take in a Boston Red Sox game in the warmer months.