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Historic Federal Hill

Providence, RI (Federal Hill)
401-453-6161
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Ranked #16 of 67 attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We explored this area that begins at the Arch and extends for blocks and block. So many restaurants to choose from as you stroll around this area, thankfully Thomas at the Hampton Inn advised us on where to eat. We settled in for our reservation at Siena and couldn't have been more pleased, the food was outstanding and the service... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Our first time to the "hill" and enjoyed walking the neighborhood on a beautiful spring day. We sat in in the square for a cocktail and light lunch, only to be assaulted by odors nothing short offensive! Thinking it was a deceased animal in the alley or a rancid dumpster we asked our waitress to be reseated. Her response was... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

In Providence for the day on a Sunday which is beautiful but lacks activity & many stores downtown are closed so Federal Hill really is the only option for dining. There are many cute shops & the ambience is great. Sadly the food was just ok though. Just don't expect too much

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Tyler, Texas, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

After we ate, we sat down a while and listened to a Frank Sinatra imitator sing a while, nice atmosphere

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Austin, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We always walk over to Federal Hill when in Providence. The trick is NOT to drive there at peak dinner times. Atwells ave becomes kind of a cruise strip. it's much more fun to park on outskirts & walk down the avenue. Loads of great restaurants. The Italian deli & the fountain square are great. we visited one weekend for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

For the past few years, I've taken my daughters for shopping and dining in Providence. This year, it was just my youngest daughter, 14 years old, and myself. She needed all kinds of dresses, bathing suits, casual wear, shoes, you name it. We actually shop for six hours at the Providence Mall, stayed at the Omni for the first time... More

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wilmington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It was ok- I'm sure there must be some nice restaurants but I really preferred college hill as a neighborhood.

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U.S.A. East Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Federal Hill was once and authentic Italian neighborhood, with numerous restaurants, ethnic foods and the sound of spoken Italian everywhere (Southern Italy). Of late, it is shop worn. Many restaurants and stores have closed and the neighborhood has lost much of its ethnic flavor. Although much remains, it's just further apart than before. It's worth your time to visit when... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Food was fabulous and authentic. The Italian bakeries can be hazardous to your health. I enjoyed totally.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The weather is finally co-operating. The best way to be on Federal Hill is to park and walk. Grab a slice or a coffee and do that over and over all afternoon. Shop at Diva's and Westside Eyewear for personal service, then take a break for another tapa. Don't go if you're in a hurry it's a place best to... More

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