Italy in the City

A Luscious Walk

Gino & CarloAcross over a hundred years of  San Francisco and U.S. history, through the geographic lens of one of the city’s most prominent ethnic communities –  Italians  — who, beginning late in the 19th Century, settled in North Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful — and sunniest – quarters.  By the turn of the 20th Century, Italian-Americans had become a shaping force in San Francisco’s artistic, political, economic and gastronomic life.

Winding our way through a slice of the city from the north east waterfront, we take in:

  • The site of old piers and produce markets, and the current temple of California culinary culture
  • The marble halls of finance established by Italian-American business innovators, who changed the reach and scope of the banking industry
  • The social clubs, churches, and mutual aid societies that redefined ethnic and national identity
  • Italian coffee culture – the places, equipment, and processes that brought espresso to the West
  • the legacy of Italian artisans — in food, fashion, and the arts
  • Fishermen and farmers, separation and coexistence in local symbols and rituals
  • The Italian-American love affair with baseball, and its role in the immigrant experience.

Private tours by appointment.  Designed to fit your schedule, interests, and desired level of physical activity.  Contact us to learn more, discuss your interests, request a quote, or set a date.

Public tours starting September 2013, on Thursdays or Fridays.  See link to Brown Paper Tickets for dates, or contact us.

Advance reservations are required for all tours, public and private.

Colombo Market Arch; Italian San Francisco; Food Distribution