If you're not familiar with San Diego History, there is an area in San Diego previously known as "Italian Colony," which is modern-day Little Italy. Peter Corona, writer of a 398-page book called Little Italy: The Way IT Was, says that San Diego's Little Italy is not like any other Little Italys in the United States. The people from Italy that inhabited this area "stayed mostly within that area, and rarely associated with people who were non-Italian," says Corona. They also were not welcoming to other Italians from other Italian communities in the United States at that time.
The highlight of this Little Italy visit is actually the Our Lady of the Rosary church. I was reading a book about San Diego earlier this week and this church popped up on my radar as a must-see, so since Little Italy is 5 minutes from my home, why not check it out?
After entering the church, I felt and saw the history that I read about. The inside brings you back to time and you get a really old-world feel. It felt like I was back in the beginnings of this community in the early 1900's, when it was a hot spot for people from Genoa and Sicily.
It was inspiring to see the paintings of Italian artist, Fausto Tasca, all over the walls and ceilings of this tiny church. There's also the beauty of pulsating lights piercing through the stained glass windows. If you're out and about in Little Italy, a quick 5-minute pop-in this church is more than enough time. You can stop by before your dinner reservation and you say your grace at the same time. #experiencesd
"Preserve America Community: Little Italy, San Diego, California."
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