2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Italians have been a part of the scene in Philadelphia since the colonial times. Philly’s Little Italy claims to have the oldest and largest outside Italian Market in the U.S., with its beginnings in the late 19th century. Also known as the South 9th Street Curb Market, this area is lined with little shops, specialty food stores, and fine restaurants, all with an Italian flavor. Plan a visit around the annual Italian Market Festival, occurring in May. Festivities include music, activities, food, and a procession of saints.