If you like history, Italian ANYTHING, interesting people, great food, then the North End of Boston is for you. It's a short walk from downtown. It's much fun to walk around, grab a cannoli at Mike's Bakery and enjoy the best cannelloni on the planet around the corner at Al Dente Restaurant. If you like Italian spirits, say hello to Jeff at Cirace's liquor store. He travels to Italy frequently to bring back the best wines, grappa, lemon cello, etc.