Experience the tastes, smells, and history of Bronx Little Italy with your vibrant host, Sean! You’ll learn how the neighborhood became Italian, try delicious meats and cheeses, and see the real life locations from the hit movie, A Bronx Tale, written by Chazz Palminteri and directed by Robert DeNiro!
You can also book on airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/394200
About your host
I’m Sean, a fluent Italian speaker and Italian-American filmmaker and actor who lives in Bronx, NY.
Being of Sicilian descent, I am very interested in the history of Italian-Americans living in the areas around Arthur Ave. and Belmont Ave. in Bronx Little Italy, the setting for Chazz Palminteri’s film, “A Bronx Tale.” I can take you to the iconic spots found in the movie, and I also know the best places to find cannoli, cappucinos, and pizza! The experience is in English but I’m happy to answer questions in your language if you speak Italian or Spanish.
What we’ll do
You’ll meet your Italian-American guide, Sean on the famous Webster Ave. where Chazz Palminteri’s lovely girlfriend lived in the movie “A Bronx Tale.”
You’ll learn about the history of the name “The Bronx” and why Italian immigrants moved here in droves.
You’ll pass by the Fordham Ave. shops that served as the dividing line for the diverse racial groups of the neighborhood in the 1960s.
As you learn about the history of the area from its beginnings as a tobacco processing hub, you’ll arrive at the stoop where young Chazz Palminteri witnessed the shooting that changed his life. This is the very spot depicted at the beginning of the film.
By now you are in the bustling Arthur Ave. district, teeming with life. We’ll visit The Bronx Beer Hall and Italian market with its free olive oil samples, fresh cigar rolling, and vendors. Bring extra cash so that you can purchase products and food.
You’ll get to know what life was like for immigrants when they first arrived to this area and find out why they moved the street markets indoors permanently almost 100 years ago.
We’ll finish off the tour with food–either cappucini and cannoli or pizza/pasta depending on what time of day your tour is. Sean will answer any questions you might have about various spots in the movie.
What else you should know
Bronx Little Italy is in the BRONX, not Manhattan, it is a good 30 minute train ride north of Mid-town Manhattan so plan accordingly.
What to bring
Cash for vendors
See all of our reviews here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/394200
Sean was awesome! I learned several bits of history from him. Not just about Little Italy in the Bronx, but The Bronx itself and Fordham college! It was fun to see various sights from an authentic Italian neighborhood.
I truly enjoyed myself during the Bronx Tale tour! Although Sean incorporated some aspects from the movie (which is one of my favorites btw) he really shared some interesting historical facts about the Bronx and Little Italy.
We really enjoyed our tour of Little Italy with Sean. His pace was leisurely, but purposeful and he took us to a ton of spots we would have had no way of finding on our own…even a beautiful Catholic church that still conducts mass in Italian.
Sean is a great storyteller! I enjoyed very much the tour. It was a nice walk with history about all the places. And by the way, Little Italy in the Bronx is really from Italy! I truly recommend the experience.
Sean is very knowledgeable of the neighborhood and its connection to A Bronx Tale. He is super nice and friendly. We enjoyed our time exploring the Bronx with Sean.
We had to move our tour and, on the new date, we arrived 40 minutes late! Even so, Sean was always very kind and he run the extra mile for us. In relation to the tour, Sean is a very knowledgeable person and you can definitely perceive his passion for the Bronx.
Great experience learning about Fordham and Arthur Ave with Sean! Sean was easygoing but also knowledgeable, and i learnt a lot about italian american history, food, culture and of course the movie. You don’t see tourists in this neighborhood at all which is nice
Thanks for the good morning together. We wish all the best for the future., if you come to Rome write me…