Historic Federal Hill, Providence

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#2 of 6 in Neighborhoods in Rhode Island
Prepare your camera and your taste buds for a tour of Historic Federal Hill, one of the most scenic areas of the city. Including charming Atwells Avenue and the surrounding area, the neighborhood boasts some of the city's most beautiful architectural sights and most famous restaurants. Combining its gastronomic reputation and enduring Italian heritage, the area abounds in excellent choices for Italian food. If you're craving something else, check out the selection of restaurants serving specialties from other parts of the world, from traditional American to Japanese. Soak in the atmosphere as you wander the charming streets past parks and cafes, and stop into some of the numerous boutique shops and galleries for unusual shopping opportunities. To gain a more in-depth understanding of the neighborhood, check out some of the guided tours available. Work out when and for how long to visit Historic Federal Hill and other Providence attractions using our handy Providence road trip website .
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  • A nice area with many restaurants and attractions good for a walk away from the main city and a nice place to experience some of Rhode island History Best in Summer  more »
  • There is certainly an abundance of Italian Restaurants but I must say on a cold winter day in early January I was not left with any great sense of occasion walking around Federal Hill. I suspect the w...  more »
  • This is a section of providence with mostly expensive Italian restauants , I like the canolis at scialo brothers bakery. It is not a big area and there is outdoor eating at some restaurants.  more »

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Where to stay in Providence

Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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