The North End is a section of Boston, Massachusetts. It is the oldest neighborhood in Boston; people have lived there since the 1630s. North End is only 36 square miles, but has a number of tourist attractions and several quality homes.
Boston’s North End was home to Paul Revere, which makes it one of the most historic areas in the city. The area was also the first stop for Italian immigrants who were settling in Boston, which is why North End is also known as Boston’s Little Italy. At the beginning of the 20th century, Boston Italians formed the Prince Macaroni Company, which is a successful business that caused the community to thrive.
Those who visit the North End can also see other 20th century developments by taking a walk through Christopher Columbus Park or viewing Christopher Columbus School, which is now a condominium building. During the summer, the park is home to a performing arts series. The Prado, or Paul Revere Mall, is also part of North End, and is a popular attraction for history buffs.
Other features of Boston’s Little Italy include the North End Market Tour, where visitors can learn more about delicious Italian fare, and of course, walk away with genuine Italian groceries. This will serve as inspiration to prepare lunch or dinner, and is a trip that will serve visitors well long after they’ve elft Boston. During the tour, individuals can:
- Learn more about the Mediterranean diet and the social aspects of eating Mediterranean style
- Learn the difference between Italian and Italian-American cuisine
- Stop at the grocer on the premises to get information on seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Visit a salumeria to find quality pasta, olive, imported cheese and balsamic vinegar
- Visit an enoteca to learn how to properly pair wine with food and choose the perfect apertivi for a meal
- Learn about the culture of Italian coffee and take in the pleasant aromas of the authentic beverage
Additional features of North End include Old North Church, as called Christ Church. It is the second Anglican church built in Boston. This is the church that had lanterns on the steeple to send the message to Paul Revere that the British were coming.
Guided tours are available to view all of the features that Boston’s Little Italy has to offer. Most tours aren’t more than $5 for a guided tour, which makes them an affordable activity for the entire family. The tours are available seven days a week. Those who wish to take in the live entertainment Boston has to offer may also want to visit venues like the Improv Asylum on Hanover Street for a night of laughs after touring the area during the day.
To learn more about the North End and to book a tour or event, visit www.cityofboston.govto find out what’s going on in the area all year long. The site will also provide you with maps and contact numbers, so you can get a feel for the city before you arrive.