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Historic Federal Hill

Address: Providence, RI
Phone Number: 401-453-6161
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Ranked #19 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a gourmet Italian restaurant in this historic section of the city, also know as Little Italy. You'll know you have arrived by the huge arched gateway, with a bronzed pinecone, which marks the entry to the neighborhood.

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Haverhill, MA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Always enjoy walking down Federal Hill (Atwaters Ave) the shops are nice and the people are friendly. Don't go too far out of the tourist areas, some areas are not too great around it.

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Milan
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Federal Hill has a wealth of restaurants and fun coffee shops. It used to be Italian but there has been an explosion of Hookah Restaurants, sadly. It is always a busy and hopping place to be almost year round however it is dirty. The sidewalks are not cleaned and during snow weather few shopkeepers clean in front of their own... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Though it has changed in our many years visiting Providence, Federal Hill is still a place that we return to time and again for the sights, sounds, and food!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A must go. All the restaurants we visited were wonderful. Authentic Italian deli's as well, where we had lunch and shopped. And the stripe in the middle of the street is the colors of the Italian flag! So fun. Great nightlife. Be sure to make reservations at the finer restaurants, as they do fill up. We spent most of our... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Federal Hill is known for its variety of Italian restaurants and grocery stores offering all kinds of Italian specialties. It was very interesting, although I personally prefer Boston's North End. One thing that puzzled us about Federal Hill was the prevalence of hookah bars!

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New York, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Now I'm from NYC, but this place reminds me there are some places job RIGHT, that are just so wonderful. The fast pace and the noise, oh yes the noise makes me feel so much at home.

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Clear Lake, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The guide told us about sites along the route and we toured the RI State House and she did a very good job of explaining all in there. I like capital buildings so it was really enjoyable for me.

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Arlington, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

From the reviews of this place, we decided to stop here for a late lunch. I have never laid eyes on the place, nor do I know anything about its history. So, my objective opinion on Historic Federal Hill is...."what in the world are ya'll talking about?!" This place is nothing besides downright seedy. There is no parking at all... More 

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Providence
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I really don't care what happens to Federal Hill. There are one or two restaurants we go to on Federal Hill and they are NOT on Atwell's Avenue. Atwell's Avenue had a steak house that is now going to serve pub food and craft beer. That is what I call a bar. There are many other eateries that basically serve... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Can't say enough about the hill, one of greatest areas in the country, I grewcup on the hill in the 40's and the 50's hasn't changed much the smell of success is every where

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