Safe summer activities in Little Italy and Downtown
It’s no secret that this summer looks different from previous years. Despite the worldwide pandemic, you can still have fun and soak up the summer as long as you wear a mask and practice social distancing. The key to an adventurous summer in your neighbourhood is to get creative while complying with all safety precautions.
Take a bite out of the Little Italy Al Fresco dining experience
Just outside your door is Little Italy, where you can explore a variety of restaurants and dine al fresco! Little Italy recently debuted their open-air dining experience, which allowed many restaurants to extend their patio dining into the street. Savor authentic Italian cuisine on the patio while also enjoying the summer sun and breeze. It doesn’t get much better than that! For a running list of participating restaurants, please visit CiaoBellaSd.com
After a delectable meal, you’ll want a tasty and cold dessert to fend off the summer heat. If you’re looking for a delicious ice cream treat, take a brief walk to Salt & Straw. If you want something a little richer, be sure to taste the spectacular Italian pastries and gelato at Pappalecco. Regardless of which one you choose, both options will help you cool down this summer.
Explore the Piazza della Famiglia
Another fun way to spend the day is by strolling through the Piazza della Famiglia, which is in the heart of Little Italy. There you can find a majestic fountain and plenty of outdoor seating to sit, relax, and enjoy the beautiful San Diego Bay views.
Find the Little Italy Famous Big Red Chair
While exploring Little Italy, you might come across the famous Big Red Chair. This literal big red chair is a popular seat to take pictures in to share online with friends and family. It’s a silly, but enjoyable activity to do, especially on a sunny day with great lighting. To keep our community members safe, Little Italy has public hand sanitizer stations available throughout the neighbourhood, so be sure to clean your hands before and after!
Take a trip to the Little Italy Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm, you can stop by the Little Italy Mercato for all your culinary needs! You can find fresh produce and ingredients to cook up the perfect meal at home. The Little Italy Farmers’ Market also has a wide selection of flowers to add a pop of color to your home. A trip to the market is the perfect way to check something off your to-do list while enjoying the fresh air and catching some Vitamin D this summer. Check out the model home by Savina
Visit the San Diego Waterfront, Park
Living in the most undeniably desirable place in San Diego has many perks. Within walking distance is the San Diego Waterfront Park, where you can enjoy the breathtaking ocean views. You can picnic in the grass while social distancing and absorbing some sun. On a cooler day, the park makes the perfect yoga spot.
Find Inspiring Art around Downtown
Another way to spend a sunny Saturday is by taking a walk around the neighbourhood and finding inspiring art. Downtown San Diego has a plethora of murals and sculptures for you to discover. Here’s a list for you to get started:
- Unconditional Surrender Statue by Darrill Brooks in the downtown waterfront neighbourhood
- The U.S.S San Diego Memorial by Sculptures Eugene Daub and Louis Quantance on the waterfront
- Groundswell by Christopher Puzio in front of the Intercontinental Hotel
- Birds World by Tom Marble Architecture along the downtown waterfront
- Serpent Tree by Niki De Saint Phalle along the nearby downtown waterfront
- ‘Pacific Soul’ by artist Jaume Plensa at Pacific Gate along the waterfront at the gateway to downtown
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