Little Italy is located in downtown San Diego and is a very active community. Originally a small fishing neighborhood with mostly Italian residents, it is now an active neighborhood of forty eight blocks with Italian restaurants, shops, and art galleries. The original residents built the boats that founded America's tuna fishing fleet and made San Diego known as the tuna capital of the western United States.
It hosts a weekly farmer's market and frequent festivals, most of which are related in some way to Italian culture. Every year on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, there is the Little Italy Carnivale. There is also a Taste of Italy festival twice a year that offers food samples from over twenty restaurants in the area. In October, the Little Italian Festa is the biggest Italian festival outside of New York. In December, the community enjoys the Little Italy Christmas Village and Tree Lighting.
True to the community's current artistic flair, ArtWalk is held in April and brings over one hundred and twenty thousand people to the neighborhood to browse and purchase art of all kinds. Little Italy is also one of the safer downtown neighborhoods, boasting a lower crime rate than most other downtown neighborhoods.
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