History Of Little Italy Tours

Little Italy San Diego dates back to the late 1800s. At its peak, 6000 Italian families lived, loved and labored here. In old San Diego, Little Italy was a major center for the fishing industry. Skilled Italian workers – mainly from Genoa and Sicily – helped sunny San Diego grow into the vibrant city you see today.

Little Italy honors its Italian roots, all while blossoming into a 21st-century neighborhood. Our streets brim with delizioso dining and eclectic shops. Contemporary lofts stand next to wooden homes from an earlier era – marrying the New and Old Worlds.

In 1997, Little Italy tours began to offer walking tours of our loveable neighborhood. We wanted to share the people behind the places, the traditions behind the trattorias. Our team is comprised of Italian-born San Diegans and Little Italy natives. We bring our guests inside the real Italian culture – sharing its origins in Italy and the new shape it took on in the U.S.

When you tour Little Italy with us, you won’t just enjoy a memorable meal. You become part of our famiglia – gaining access to nonna-perfected flavors and off-menu dishes!

Today, San Diego’s Italian quarter is the most successful Little Italy in the United States. It’s our honor and pleasure to introduce you to the Little Italy that locals adore – a place where Mom & Pop pizzerias thrive alongside contemporary design.

If you’re looking for a true taste of San Diego, look no further than our beloved Little Italy.


What a ball! My colleagues and I took the Little Italy tour for our office party and a bit of team-building. We had so much fun. Anthony was amazing. We learned so much about pizza and Italian cuisine and Little Italy's influence in San Diego. We ate, we learned, we drank, and we had a ball! I would highly recommend taking a tour with Anthony. Anthony, grazie mille!!! — Robin D. San Diego, CA
This is a MUST See and Do attraction in SD. Even members of our group who were born here, were blown away by the City and Neighborhood's History and stories. It was like we were transported back in time. The company and Mr. Anthony did an Amazing Job!!! Our Group of 20+ can't stop raving about it! — Lisa B. Chula Vista, CA
Anthony is simply amazing!!! He's well animated, very accommodating, and extremely personable. He's quite a character, in a fun and exciting way. I have nothing but positive things to say about my tour experience, with Anthony as my guide. I highly recommend choosing Anthony to be your tour guide of Italy! — V M. Bonita, CA
We had a WONDERFUL tour this morning with Anthony!! We all, ages from 14 to 53, had such a special and fun time learning about the history of Little Italy... We will DEFINITELY schedule something else with this group. It was truly the highlight of our vacation! —Suzy H. Irvine, CA
Best hour and a half out of a 9 day trip. Thanks Anthony for an entertaining and informative tour of Little Italy! —Duane L. Duluth, MN
My work department did this tour as part of our holiday celebrations and had a great time! Our tour guide Anthony was very informative and energetic. We learned all about where pizza came from and each stop taught us something new and allowed us to try pizza from a different region. You will leave full and educated! —Sheila S. Boston, MA
What an amazing and engaging tour guide we had! Anthony is the best of the best! I feel in love with Italy all over again. The pizza, pasta and gelato was as tasty as could be. His cooking class is next on my list. Ciao! —Marlo V. Las Vegas, NV
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