Italy in the City
A Luscious Walk
Across over a hundred years of Â San Francisco and U.S. history, through the geographic lens of one of the city’s most prominent ethnic communities â€“Â Italians Â — who, beginning late in the 19th Century, settled in North Beach, one of the cityâ€™s most beautiful — and sunniest â€“ quarters.Â By the turn of the 20th Century, Italian-Americans had become a shaping force in San Franciscoâ€™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 â€“ 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. Â Designed to fit your schedule, interests, and desired level of physical activity. Â Contact usÂ to learn more, discuss your interests, request a quote, or set a date.
Public toursÂ starting September 2013, on Thursdays or Fridays. Â See link to Brown Paper Tickets for dates, or contact us.
Advance reservations are required for all tours, public and private.