Want a taste of Italy without leaving Southern California? Check out this list of Italian-inspired trips and attractions in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Gondola Rides- Orange County
When we think of Italy, we often dream of the canals of Venice. Lovers kiss in gondolas which sail down the canals. Bring this dream to life with Gondola Rides in Orange County. Gondola rides range from 30 minutes to two hours. The average one-hour gondola for two costs about $80. Reservations are required for most places.
Check out a few places to ride Gondolas on the coastline:
- Gondola Getaway- Long Beach
- Gondola Adventures- Newport Beach
- Gondola Cruises- Newport Beach
- Gondola Romance- Newport Beach
- Sunset Gondolas- Huntington Beach
Little Italy- San Diego
Little Italy is an Italian-inspired neighborhood in San Diego that includes restaurants serving up hot and fresh pizza, shoppes offering souvenirs, piazzas, the one-mile Embarcadero walk, parks, a firehouse museum, and more.
Visit Venice, California
Venice, California in Los Angeles shares some similarities with its namesake including the man-made Canals, food vendors along the Canal path, and delicious Italian food.
The Venice boardwalk is world-famous and offers a unique mix of activities and attractions. Known for its artists and street vendors, you will find everything from palm reading to custom caricatures. Venice is known to be off-beat, and even offers a few “doctors” to “evaluate” you to see if you qualify to buy marijuana legally. Rent a bike or stroll down the boardwalk to take it all in.
Also check out the actual Beach for a sweet surfing spot, the Venice Beach Skatepark, and the street murals all over Venice to get the whole experience. Check out a list of all the best attractions.
Italian Food- All Over SoCal
Spaghetti, pizza, pasta, calzones, and more! Italian food delights people from all over, so let the best Italian restaurants delight your taste buds.
Italian American Museum- Los Angeles
For those more interested in the history of Italian immigrants in America, check out the Italian American Museum. It is slated to open in mid-2016. They have planned events such as the Taste of Italy, Republic Day, and more.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to bring a touch of Italy to a SoCal resident’s life? Let us know in the comments below!