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Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island

The "Heartbeat of Providence," Federal Hill is a historic and vibrant district with cobblestone walkways, historic buildings and stunning architecture. Stroll down Atwells Avenue, the Hill's main strip that runs under the gateway arch, and explore quaint boutiques, art galleries, salons, wonderful restaurants, and hip bars. Known as Providence's Little Italy, this charming community is home to traditional Italian food shops, bakeries and coffee shops where you find fresh pastries and breads and the perfect espresso. Enjoy outdoor dining and live music by the grand fountain in DePasquale Square.


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  • Federal Hill Stroll
  • Columbus Day Festival
  • Annual Christmas Stroll
  • Feast of St. Joseph


  • Art Gallery Exhibits
  • Shopping
  • Savoring Tours
  • Dining
  • Live Music


One of the top culinary destinations in the country, Federal Hill is the place to eat in Providence. The Hill offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes, where you’ll find Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Chinese, Caribbean, and Cuban food. Known as Little Italy, the Hill boasts the city’s best Italian restaurants and pizza shops, including Camille’s and Angelo’s. Savor the Hill’s diverse cultures and cuisines at eateries like Pane E Vino, Mediterraneo and Don José Tequilas.


From fashion to food, Federal Hill is an exciting shopping spot in the heart of Providence. Browse local fashion shops, like Garbolino’s Boutique and Westside Eyewear, charming art galleries and food emporiums such as Venda Ravioli or Roma’s for pasta, sauces and cheeses. Indulge in fresh baked breads and scrumptious cakes and pastries at Pastiche, Palmieri’s and Scialo Bros Bakery, a making home-made food in brick ovens for 100 years.


  • Are their tours offered?

    Federal Hill offers a fun food tour with local Cindy Salvato, who guides you to the food shops and bakeries and introduces you to the bakers, chefs, and ravioli makers. The Savoring Tour is a wonderful way to learn about Italian cooking and how to use the foods found in Federal Hill shops. Changing every week, this tour is perfect for foodies, families, out-of-towners, corporate outings and anyone who loves to eat!
  • What are some fun things to do?

    Historic Federal Hill is a charming place to stroll, shop and savor gastronomic goodies. In the warm months, you can relax in the lovely parks, enjoy outdoor dining and listen to live music at the great fountain in DePasquale Square. Feel inspired by original art at local galleries like Chabot Fine Art and the Royal Collection of Fine Art. Federal Hill shines with annual festivals, celebrations, and special events throughout the year, including the Federal Hill Stroll and the Columbus Day Festival.

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