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Italian Market Immersion

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Philadelphia, USA

From USD 25

Office phone number: +1 215 280 3746

Minimum age
5 years
Language
English
Starting time
10.30 AM
Duration
2 hours
Culture shock
Low
Physicality
Low
  • “”
    • Our tour guide Nina was fabulous! This 2 hour tour of the Italian market in South Philly was very informative, enlightening and entertaining. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable, interesting and funny. I loved her rapport with all the owners/employees of the businesses that we visited. She allowed us to wander a bit, which was really nice. We got to sample some of the foods from most of the shops that we visited which was delightful. We are a bunch of Jersey Girls that thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and will definitely return to shop. We cannot wait for our next Urban Adventure. Thank you so much Nina for a great day! And thank you Urban Adventures for providing these wonderful tours. Very highly recommended.

      Mrs. Mariam B., USA - 26 Apr 2014

    • It was a real good time. Our group was just the right size and our guide was great. We met a real nice mother/daughter from West Philly and went to lunch with them afterwards. Looking forward to the 4 hour South Philly tour real soon.
      Laura and Kim, Gap, PA

      Ms. Laura M., USA - 21 Apr 2014

    • The trip exceeded my expectations! Chris was knowledgeable, personable, patient .... an outstanding guide.

      Ms. Deborah L., USA - 19 Apr 2014

  • Tour snapshot

    Hit the oldest and largest everyday open-air market for some authentic, Philly foodie action. Fill your calorie quota with cheese, chocolate, deli items, and baked goods, then have the chance to purchase a Philly Cheesesteak chaser at one of two iconic spots that compete for the best Cheesesteak in town. We'll leave it up to you to choose which you prefer!

    Proceeds from all Philadelphia tours departing on February 28, 2015 will be donated to the #hopeforSkye campaign to help children with Sanfilippo Syndrome. For more information, visit urbanadventures.com/blog/blueskyforskye.

  • Highlights

    • Wander through the famous 9th Street Italian Market
    • Taste samples of all kinds of iconic food, made fresh by the locals
    • Chat to the local store owners and grab a bargain or two
    • Discover the history of the markets and how they came to be so popular
    • Reenact your favourite Rocky moment on a street featured in the film
    • After the tour, get in touch with your inner food critic while chomping down on a Philly Cheesesteak - can't get more Philly than that!
  • Schedule details

    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Meeting point:

      Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing

    • Starting time: 10.30 AM
    • Ending point:

      Corner of 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.

  • The Liberty Bell. Indepedence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best. 

    Starting at the always-colourful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighbourhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. Grab a drink at a local coffee shop and see one of the city's great murals located across from a typical neighborhood park. As we continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the noises, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian or, more accurately, 9th Street Market.

    The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travellers! Along the way you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years.

    After leaving the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Asian stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. Continue on this Philadelphia market tour for another block or two and arrive at the intersection made famous by local restaurants Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak from one of these competing vendors. Select your topping, with or without onions, and what cheese you'd like, and pull up a seat on the street to enjoy a quintessential Philly culinary experience. It’s a delicious way to end your Philly market tour! 

  • Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide.

    Exclusions: Personal shopping, snacks, food, tips and gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 215 280 3746
    Email address: info@philadelphiaurbanadventures.com

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  • Mrs. Florence B. from USA travelled on 30 Nov 2014

    One of the best tours ever, Chuck was knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. His enthusiasm was contagious, and we saw Philadelphia in a whole new perspective. We will definitely recommend the experience to friends and family. Thank you!

  • Mr. Joseph D. from USA travelled on 26 Nov 2014

    This tour was exactly what I was seeking -- A solid mix of culture, cuisine, history and fun. Chuck shared his neighborhood with us, providing fun & interesting insights that only a local can. Our group was diverse, but all seemed to enjoy (incl kids). I give it high marks in all categories, and will recommend this tour to others.

    -Joe DeLauro
    NYC

  • Mr. Kathleen P. from USA travelled on 16 Nov 2014

    We loved the PhilAdelphia Italian Market tour! Very informative, interesting and fun!,, would highly recommend!

  • Mr. Stephen H. from USA travelled on 03 Nov 2014

    Since I was the only one signed up for the tour at this day and time it was more like having a very knowledgable friend take me around to show me everything.

  • Ms. Dana A. from USA travelled on 22 Oct 2014

    Ariel is a wonderful tour guide...she made the italian market really come to life. would definitely do another tour with her!!

  • Mrs. Cheryl P. from USA travelled on 14 Oct 2014

    My husband and I very much enjoyed the Italian Market Tour. Kenny, our guide, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We've lived near Philly for years, and we still saw some places we didn't know about. We'd recommend this tour!

  • Mrs. Barbara R. from USA travelled on 14 Oct 2014

    Kenny was a great guide; thoroughly enjoyed my Italian Market tour and have already told my oldest son that it's something that he'd love.

  • Ami K. from USA travelled on 08 Oct 2014

    We loved our tour! Kenny was amazing, highly recommend doing a tour with urban adventures!

  • Mr. Ken S. from USA travelled on 02 Oct 2014

    Enjoyed tour even with light rain.Would have liked more food stops but did find the tour to be informative.

  • Ms. Holli H. from USA travelled on 09 Sep 2014

    Our guide was excellent and very nice. We totally enjoyed the experience.

  • Ms. Trish M. from travelled on 11 Aug 2014

    Nina was an excellent guide and I would highly recommend this tour!

  • Mrs. Kristen H. from USA travelled on 06 Aug 2014

    Chuck was a fantastic guide!

  • Mrs. Tish M. from USA travelled on 18 Jun 2014

    I had a wonderful time and our guide (Chuck) was very informative. The length of his information was just enough that you didn't get bored and his choice of businesses to visit were different from eachother so you got an idea of all the different cultures in the market. FABULOUS !

  • Ms. Mary O. from USA travelled on 16 Jun 2014

    Josh Silver was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and very outgoing. The tour far exceeded our expectations.

  • Mr. Patrick C. from USA travelled on 04 Jun 2014

    Awesome tour. Got to try some amazing food and Chuck, the guide, was more than willing to share from his personal knowledge and experience. He really made the trip. Highly recommend it!

  • Ms. Lisa T. from USA travelled on 04 Jun 2014

    Chuck, our guide, was excellent. He had the right pace without rushing us. I give many tours myself and I am also a teacher so I am well aware of what it takes to keep people interested.

  • Natalie B. from USA travelled on 14 May 2014

    Chuck was an awesome tour guide! This was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I really enjoyed all of the personal stories that were incorporated throughout the day by our guide, as well as various store owners.

  • Ms. Lisa T. from USA travelled on 28 Apr 2014

    My five friends and I took the Italian Market tour with Josh as our guide. The tour consisted of only our group so it was nice that we could tailor it to how long we wanted to stay at different stops. Josh was a great guide and very personable. I would tell you to either bring a backpack or bags with handles so that you can carry your purchases easily. We actually backtracked after the tour to buy some items that we didn't want to carry. The only negative I have is that not every retailer that we went into offered us samples,(I felt the first bakery didn't even really want us there) which you would think they would since Urban Adventures is bringing them business! Not a negative towards the tour company, more towards the stores, but maybe Urban Adventures should look into other retailers that would appreciate the business a little more. Anyway thanks Josh for a great tour.

  • Mrs. Mariam B. from USA travelled on 26 Apr 2014

    Our tour guide Nina was fabulous! This 2 hour tour of the Italian market in South Philly was very informative, enlightening and entertaining. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable, interesting and funny. I loved her rapport with all the owners/employees of the businesses that we visited. She allowed us to wander a bit, which was really nice. We got to sample some of the foods from most of the shops that we visited which was delightful. We are a bunch of Jersey Girls that thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and will definitely return to shop. We cannot wait for our next Urban Adventure. Thank you so much Nina for a great day! And thank you Urban Adventures for providing these wonderful tours. Very highly recommended.

  • Ms. Laura M. from USA travelled on 21 Apr 2014

    It was a real good time. Our group was just the right size and our guide was great. We met a real nice mother/daughter from West Philly and went to lunch with them afterwards. Looking forward to the 4 hour South Philly tour real soon.
    Laura and Kim, Gap, PA

  • Ms. Deborah L. from USA travelled on 19 Apr 2014

    The trip exceeded my expectations! Chris was knowledgeable, personable, patient .... an outstanding guide.

  • Ms. Lynzie Z. from USA travelled on 29 Jan 2014

    Alex was great!!! He was knowledgeable and energetic. It was freezing and even started snowing but he never complained and didn't rush the adventure. I can't wait to book again in the Spring!

  • Mrs. Molly B. from USA travelled on 14 Nov 2013

    Chuck was great! We had a blast and really our time; loved especially his local knowledge and stories of where the real Philly locals eat and shop!

  • Mrs. Karen M. from USA travelled on 27 Sep 2013

    Ariel did a great job! So fun to learn about our own neighborhood from someone who it turns out is our neighbor!

  • Mrs. Joann S. from USA travelled on 10 Sep 2013

    My guide, Josh, was excellent. He has a great rapport with the merchants and he encouraged me to ask questions. I really enjoyed that interaction. I kept thinking of what I would have missed if I tried to just walk down 9th Street. It was a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend it and would like to do other Urban Adventures tours in the future.

  • Mr. Doug W. from USA travelled on 10 Jul 2013

    As I told Ryan, our tour guide, he exceeded our expectations. Ryan went 45 minutes overtime with us to show us extra shops and tailor the tour to our group of 9, branching out to chocolate, pastry and other shops. Our access to shop owners was special, and my wife and I returned to 4 shops after the tour to shop and all 4 owners recognized us from the tour. Outstanding day by Urban Adventure.

  • Ms. Donna Y. from Australia travelled on 13 Apr 2013

    Thanks, I had a great time learning, smelling and tasting. Thanks for the intro to yr cheese steak to. :)

  • Mr. Jeff S. from USA travelled on 22 Mar 2013

    Our family enjoyed the south Philly tour. Would have never had the same experience doing it on our own. Highly recommend!

  • Ms. Diane H. from USA travelled on 07 Nov 2012

    Alex was the best tour guide ever, sensitive to time schedules, gently reminding us when to "Just pop in to peek around" or when we had time to shop. He was knowledgeable, informative and pleasant, crossing the street to allow for our wheelchair bound tourist to have accesible sidewalks or a clearer path. We enjoyed him VERY much!

  • Ms. Nancy Z. from USA travelled on 29 Oct 2012

    Exellent tour. Jason was sensitive to the cultural differences of the group. He allowed extra time at the shops that were of more interest. We really enjoyed visiting the great shop choices that urban adventures made. looking forward to another tour soon

  • Mr. Al S. from USA travelled on 09 Sep 2012

    A great tour. Much more than we anticipated.

  • Ms. Kathryn C. from USA travelled on 05 Sep 2012

    I have lived in the Delaware Valley for 23 years, and have been to the Italian Market, but this was the first time I have had a guided tour of the Market and the Italian-American part of Philadelphia. Jason was a super guide, with a great knowledge of the history, culture, and traditions of this unique part of the Mid-Atlantic region. I really enjoyed his taking us into various establishments that had been in the Italian Market area for generations, and listening to their unique stories. After the tour I had lunch at Ralph's, because it is the oldest Italian-American restaurant in the US, I learned from Jason. I had lived in San Francisco not far from the famous Fior d'Italia, and it was great to experience a similar tradition and experience some 3,000 miles away from North Beach, SF. I came away, on Saturday, really having a good understanding of the history of Italian immigration, their establishing family businesses, and building a community, that we all can share when we visit the Italian Market. Thanks so much, Jason! Great job! Bravo!

  • Mrs. Marianne G. from USA travelled on 01 Aug 2012

    Jeremy was our guide for the tour of the Italian Market. I just love this tour so much, that it was actually my second tour of the market. The first time was with a friend, but this time I brought several friends. Great time learning the history and culture with a knowledgeable guide. Ate our way through the market :)

  • Mr. Chris B. from USA travelled on 13 Jun 2012

    Bob was very knowledgeable and made the trip a lot of fun.

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