Federal Hill#3 in Best Things To Do in Providence
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In the late 19th century, Federal Hill was the home of Rhode Island's Italian immigrant community, which is why the area is often referred to as Providence's Little Italy. Today, you'll still find an abundance of Italian restaurants and specialty food shops within the neighborhood, which sits a few blocks west of downtown Providence.
Though you can explore the area on your own, several recent visitors recommended tagging along on a walking tour. Because this neighborhood is defined in part by its food, many tours, such as those offered by Federal Hill Tours and Savoring Rhode Island, have a culinary focus. Tours offered by Experience Rhode Island also come recommended by reviewers.
If you'd rather discover Federal Hill on your own, consider grabbing dinner or drinks here. Several recent visitors said the area comes alive in the evening thanks to the abundance of street performers. To learn more about the various businesses located in Federal Hill, visit the Federal Hill Commerce Association's website.
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#1 RISD Museum
This hidden gem's five buildings are clustered on the south side of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) campus. Inside, more than 91,000 works of art are on display, including pieces by Monet, Degas and other impressionists, along with sizeable Medieval and Gothic collections.
Recent visitors were most impressed with the range of the museum's collection and the various mediums represented. Reviewers also praised its size, saying it was manageable and easy to explore within a few hours (though culture hounds will likely want to spend half a day, say travelers). Though most found the admission price to be reasonable, they also suggested scheduling your museum visit for Sunday when entrance fees are waived.
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