San Diego’s Little Italy has fast become a neighborhood bathed in an urban chic sensibility and one with its own mythos. But before the contemporary convergence of myriad restaurants and retailers, the neighborhood had modest beginnings with its history going back hundreds of years. It is a collective tale of immigration and assimilation — and an overarching theme focused on the individuals and families that helped to shape a neighborhood, a waterfront, and a city. The preservation of San Diego’s Italian historical narrative is a core component of the Convivio mission and vision.
To that end, with the Italian American Archives, Convivio strives to collect, catalog, and convey the stories of Italian-Americans through photographs, oral histories, exhibits, and other projects. Visit italianarchives.org to view our digital archives, and you can also contribute your historical photographs to our project by contacting us.
You can also host your own “Shoebox Night,” and we will come speak to your group and host a free digitization evening for your constituents! Help us to preserve the stories that contributed to San Diego’s Italian community and to the tapestry of our multicultural city.
Our morning or early evening walking tours are a great way to learn about Little Italy’s past while enjoying a traditional Sicilian breakfast or Italian aperitivo at dusk.