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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery

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  • Worry-free exploration of South Philadelphia with a guide
  • See more of Philadelphia in less time—ideal for first-time visitors
  • A small-group tour for a more personalized, up-close experience
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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
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Overview
Discover the cultural richness of South Philadelphia on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors who might worry about navigating a new city on foot. Taste your way through the South Ninth Street Italian Market, take in the South Street sights, and see the colorful mosaics of Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (admission included). Then hop on a public bus to Queen Village and stroll past Fabric Row.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the corner of Ninth and South streets to start your South Philly walking tour. Explore Philadelphia’s charming Bella Vista neighborhood and peruse the delis, bakeries, and food stalls at the 9th Street Italian Market, the nation’s oldest open-air market. Catch your first glimpse of local artist Isaiah Zagar’s murals and recreate a scene from the blockbuster film Rocky.

Then skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and spend about half an hour exploring the indoor galleries and outdoor mosaic art installation. Learn more about Zagar’s one-of-a-kind mosaics and hear stories about the city’s history.

Next hop on a public bus and ride to the historic Queen Village neighborhood. Wander among narrow city blocks lined with pubs and cafes, and stroll past Fabric Row to see the city’s largest concentration of fabric shops.

Your Philadelphia walking tour ends at the corner of Fourth and South streets.
Reviews (53)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A thoroughly enjoyable morning

Chuck was a great guide and the perfect ambassador for South Philly as he gave us a real picture of life there. Each shop was so welcoming to our group and seemed so happy to see Chuck. He had many stories to tell us about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018
Great tour guide and Great experience

I recently visited Philadelphia and this was the first activity of the trip. I can honestly say, it was worth the money. Our tour guide, Chuck, was so much fun and very knowledgeable. He really embodied the spirit of the city in how he spoke...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Jon M
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

We love love love when we are travellers' first experience coming into Philly! We really believe in immersive tours, connecting our travellers with the locals, representing for our awesome city, and making the most of your visit. Thanks so much for your review - we...More

Reviewed 28 October 2018
Interesting and fun tour

We really loved this tour. Chuck was our guide, and he was very knowledgeable about the area we toured because he lived in the neighborhood. The Italian Market was fun to see and experience. We had some great samples of food along the walk and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Annlee67
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Molto buona! We really appreciate you telling the world how much you loved your tour and how great of a guy Chuck is! We do private customized tours here as well -- as there's just so much to taste, see, and experience -- so next...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Great Philly urban tour & great tour guide!

This was a great tour that was a little of the beaten path of your more typical historic Philly walking tours. Loved to get to see parts of the city that you'd never walk to on your own, or even find on your own.Tthe Italian...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Oh I've had that vinegar. Dang tasty. Thank you for your wonderful review of Chuck and his Italian Market tour! Come back anytime: we'd love to show you the other unique, out-of-the-way, off-the-tourist-path places we love as locals.

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Great tour and great tour guide!

Even as seasoned travelers, this was one of the best tours we've ever taken, primarily because of Chuck, our tour guide. He had grown up in the neighborhood and knows the shops and their proprietors, who gave us a great inside look at their Italian...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

You and your wife are awesome, not just for your review and recommendation, but because you really wanted the local experience we promise our unique travellers when they come to our equally unique city. Chuck loves his city, we love our city, and we hope...More

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soniaces83
29 August 2018|
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Response from sharon f | Reviewed this property |
Although scheduled for 3 1/2 hours, ours started at 10:00 am and we were formed to The Magic Gardens at 2:00 pm to tour that by ourselves. However prior to the start of the tour the guide inquired if we were on a time frame... More
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498hopem
11 August 2018|
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Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
I do not think the time of the year will have a big impact - of course when it is hot or cold you might be more uncomfortable, but think you will see the same things.
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sdelue
21 July 2018|
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Response from GregoryK1274 | Reviewed this property |
About 4 hours. We went from 10 AM to 2 PM.
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