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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Great restaurants. Even the "hole in the wall' places are awesome! Of course the Italian places are unbeatable.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    So much to do, see, and eat. Lots of bakeries. Someone could put on lots of weight with this much great places to eat.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I mostly grew up in a state founded in 1860, so when my son picked Paul Revere for his 4th grade presentation, I was kick-zzz excited to get thee to the North End for some real live research. Of cours...  more »

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