North Beach

Neighborhood: North Beach


When you bring up North Beach, most people think of the transformative literature produced by its local beatniks and bohemians in the 1950s. But that does a disservice to its rich history as San Francisco’s Little Italy, where a swarm of immigrants in the 1910s established the authentic Italian character that remains its defining quality. The Beats may get the spotlight — but the Italians made North Beach what it is today.

We’ll zigzag through all the hidden treasures born out of its Italian heritage, like the Saints Peter and Paul Church. See where Yankee great Joe DiMaggio, son of Italian fishermen grew up. Soak up the unique charm of this delightfully historic neighborhood and — if you can look up from the sights for a moment — see an unexpectedly spectacular view of downtown.

Next Tours

  • Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00 am (No Tour Today)
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1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Saturdays at 10AM, 4th Tuesdays at 10AM


Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet at 666 Filbert Street on the steps of Saints Peter and Paul Church, across from Washington Square. Public transportation: MUNI lines 30, 45. Parking: city garage – 735 Vallejo, between Stockton and Powell.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.