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Historic Federal Hill

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Address: Providence, RI
Phone Number: 401-453-6161
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or...
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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Providence has a lot to offer, however no visit would be complete without dining on Federal Hill. We find it to be much better than the North End in Boston. More food and more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Providence has a lot to offer, however no visit would be complete without dining on Federal Hill. We find it to be much better than the North End in Boston. More food and more enjoyable walking.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very well run and organized ! Educational, hands on, fun and authentic ! We ate so much that we didn't need lunch! Cindy Salvato is an excellent tour guide who gives a well prepared presentation, and comfortably relates to her participants and shop owners‼️ I highly recommend Savoring Federal Hill with Cindy Salvato to anyone who has a passion for... More 

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Pawtucket
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The "Hill" is known for all it's Italian heritage, homemade cooking, Italian markets with authentic foods from Italy that is still very prominent in the neighborhood. It has one of the best reviews in the country. If you don't want Italian, there are many other choices (Chinese, Mexican, Tapas) An area to go to when in Rhode Island.

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East Falmouth, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In my humble opinion, the 2 best "Italian Districts" in New England are Boston's historic North End and Providence's colorful Federal Hill. Atwelll's Ave, the "spine" at the top of the hill is lined with wonderful restaurants and stores and the surrounding blocks hold some delightful surprises. A trip to Providence without a trip to the hill would be incomplete.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Federal Hill Is known for it's many fine restaurants.... However, there's always that diamond in the rough..... It's a little bit of this and a little bit of that.... You Simply Must Go During The Summer....Or Special Events...(Like Columbus Day Week-end)!~!!! 4th of July is the best....Very busy...Lot's of crowds...Parking can be difficult....But, It's worth it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you want to go to Italy - great! But if you are close to Providence, Rhode Island you can have the same for lots less. Federal Hill in Providence is where you want to go - Food, Wine, Ambiance - It will make the experience. See Pasquale Square - in the summer - you are in Italy.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The buildings here are beautiful and make for great pictures. Photographers can have a field day with all of the great architecture. Just walking along the street with all of the shops and restaurants seems to step you back in time. Many places to choose from for those who want a meal while they are visiting Historic Federal Hill.

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We walked over from Downtown, it was a sunny day! Parking is tight so valet is an option. There are many good places to eat or just get a coffee and pastry!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I like the places on Fed Hill they are good but you can find better restaurants in our area if you ask locals.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Parking is a nightmare you can drive around for 20 minutes looking for parking. Most spots are blocked off for valets. the one time I used a valet here they damaged my new car. Not overly safe to walk off the main area at night. Too bad it could be an amazing tourist spot for the State of Rhode Island

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