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North End, Boston

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A taste of Italy in the middle of Boston, North End is the city's oldest continuously inhabited residential community, originally settled in the 1630s. Home to a sizable Italian-American population, this relatively small neighborhood boasts nearly a hundred Italian eateries and historical buildings, including Paul Revere's house. Often called "Little Italy," the area covering roughly five city blocks attracts visitors with its narrow streets lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, bakeries, and shops selling imported goods. Though Italian culture continues to dominate this part of the city, other ethnic groups also have left a mark on the neighborhood, among them Russians, Jews, and the Irish. Plan to visit North End and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Boston attractions using our Boston trip builder.
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  • It's called "Little Italy" as the food is terrific, the streets are full of pleasant suprises and the people are very friendly. Fanueil Hall , the Freedom Trail and the waterfront are all with in walk...  more »
  • I had a feeling as if I was walking through a port-town where sailors from all over the world had walked before me on the same cobble-stone streets.  more »
  • Have a great lunch at an Italian restaurant there. Great food and probably the best lasagne ever tasted.  more »