BNHA Little Italy

Interpretive Framework

Seeking Prosperity on the Chesapeake: Baltimore History from Colonial Times through the 1800s

Star Attractions

Heritage Walk

Resource Type

Historic Neighborhoods

Once an integrated mix of immigrants and native Baltimoreans, the neighborhood gained its Italian flavor when St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church was built in 1881 to serve the growing number of Italians settling in Baltimore.

Today Little Italy is known for its tight-knit families, bocce ball tournaments, and great restaurants, parades, and festivals. A walk along High Street is a long, tempting invitation to dine with restaurants lining both sides of the street. Take a few steps off the beaten path and stroll down the side streets, where Baltimore’s classic rowhouse architecture can be seen.