Gorging on pasta is positively patriotic in Boston's North End. Paul Revere left his North End home late at night on April 18, 1775 to warn Colonial militia in the towns of Concord and Lexington that "the British are coming!" In the Old North Church tower, lanterns were hung to warn patriots across the Charles River of the British attack: "One if by land, two if by sea." Today university history majors lead summer tours into Old North's crypt and tower, and MIT students create compositions for Old North's bells. Even if you came to North End for the history, you'll stay for the food. Generations of Italian immigration have earned it the nickname "Little Italy," and pack its one-third-mile area with Old Country flavor. With some 100 eateries clustered around Hanover Street, dinner is a serious dilemma: Giacomo's Ristorante for ravioli, shrimp linguini at Pomodoro, or homemade fusilli with vodka sauce at Al Dente? Bostonian loyalties are also sharply divided among three North End bakeries: Mike's for traditional ricotta cannoli, Maria's for cream-filled "lobster tail" pastry, and Modern Bakery for chocolate custard cannoli. Dessert debates can get heated, but the North End has survived its share of controversy—the funeral procession for anarchists and accused bank robbers Sacco and Vanzetti was held here.
Getting Around Boston
The easist way to get around Boston is the subway. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency (MBTA; http://www.mbta.com/) operates the Silver Line SL1 to and from Logan Airport for the best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station. This is the best option for transportation to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, MIT and Harvard. Service from Logan on the Silver Line SL1 runs from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every day. MBTA operates 5 subway lines which operate Monday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare on all lines is $2.50 regardless of distance. Passes are available: $11/Day or $18/Week; Children under 12 are free. Boston features a bicycle sharing program, The Hubway (http://www.thehubway.com/), which offers a 24-hour pass for $5 and a 3-day pass for $12.
- Boston Logan International Airport-BOS
Things to Do and See Near North End
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Museum of Science
- Faneuil Hall
- Arnold Arboretum
- Sam Adams Brewery
- Fenway Park
- Newbury Street
- Museum of Fine Arts
- USS Constitution
- Harvard Museum of Natural History