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Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

1. Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. You’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. Take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

2. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colorful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travelers! Along the way, you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

3. Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

Your culinary adventure begins at the iconic Reading Terminal Market with a unique insider’s tour that introduces you to the market’s history, layout, and locals. With your expert guide, wander around the market like a seasoned regular and stop at 3 food havens for a selection of tasty treats. At the market enjoy 3 delicious tastings such as gourmet cheese curds, a sampling of Middle Eastern delights and a Philly favorite dessert, plus more. Head out onto the vibrant streets of Philadelphia next on an 8-block walk through one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Along the way, admire the stunning architecture of the buildings that surround you and listen to your guide’s narration about the history of the area and the people who live here. Your guide will also share a selection of tips and recommendations for nearby restaurants that you can visit during your trip. Arrive at Di Bruno Bros next, the city’s most famous gourmet superstore and a total heaven for any foodie! Head to DiBruno Brothers renowned cheese cave and lavish yourself with hearty portions of 4 fantastic farmstead and imported cheeses. Learn about how cheese is made as well as the best tips and tricks for selecting and serving cheese like a pro. The tour concludes with a sweet and salty finale from one of the most well-known bakeries in the city, a surprise treat that will certainly leave you licking your lips.

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What people are saying about Di Bruno Bros.

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

So I was a VIP on this tour. Annett led the tour and her colleague came along to experience it and he also gave me tidbits of history (he runs the history tour). This tours taught me so much about the South Italian market, the history of the area and the wider history of Philly, the history of the art and the politics of the area. It was so much that I would not have been able to discover by myself in the time. My eyes were also opened up to some of the more unusual things that are eaten in Philly, yes I'm talking about chocolate / peanut butter bacon. It tasted so right but I knew it was so wrong!! We also tried sooooo many other treats and snacks which would have cost me a fortune had I ventured solo or would not have been privy to (the caviar was a welcome and luxurious treat). Annett was also such a saint as it rained and she shared her umbrella with me ;) Definitely a tour I'd recommend to do in Philly

High recommend. One of the best tours in Philly as it was a great mix of art and food in areas that you may not normally visit. If you can request Craig, I definitely would do so because he made the experience even more enjoyable! He was excited to be there and had lunch recommendations printed out for us! Would easily do this again when groups come to visit!

What a fun tour! A great mix of history, art, and food for a well-rounded tour. We had so many fun snacks that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

Tour was excellent. Annette was very informative and went the extra mile to give us so much information. Would highly recommend her

We had a great time. The history, the culture and the food samples were awesome.