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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

34 Reviews | Philadelphia, USA

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Art, culture, diversity, and of course, the spirit of Rocky lives on in South Philly! Join this Philadelphia tour to see just how eclectic this gritty city is. From hidden alleyways to Italian markets, family-owned businesses, and public art, South Philly is a slice of the real Philly.



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Average 4.85 out of 5 stars based on 34 verified reviews from Cool Philadelphia and TripAdvisor

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Mary F, Jul 2021 Verified
Nina was great and so informative. As a local from the neighborhood she was able to really share the culture, history and energy of the area.
JANICE G, May 2021 Verified
Chuck was a fabulous guide of South Phily and al its highlights: food, stories, Magic Gardens, and hidden neighborhoods
Alaina, Oct 2020 Verified
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide Chuck is a south Philly native and was extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhood, it’s history and evolution, as well as all the best spots and side streets for us to walk through. On the walk to the market, we saw several beautiful mosaics. Chuck provided us with a lot of background about the artist and point out specific details and techniques you would easily miss without a guide. The market itself was awesome! Packed with history, and we got to have a lot of great samples. Along the way chuck suggested other places we could stop for a meal after the tour; he was so helpful. I would highly recommend this tour, and hope to bring friends on it in the future.
Pauline G, Feb 2020 Verified
It was a very interesting tour. The mosaics around the area on the walls were exceptional our guide Annette knew her stuff and really looked after us.
Thierry P, Nov 2019 Verified
I really enjoyed the tour. Walking through little streets and stopping at some stores. Annet is very nice and take the time to explain so that everyone enjoy. We finished the tour at Magic Gardens which is good to visit.
Rita S, Nov 2019 Verified
Annett was our guide. She's very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. It was a good way to get a feeling for the history of the neighborhood. Just walking around without a tour first is not an optimal way to explore an area. And ending at the Magic Gardens was the icing on the cannolli! It was on our list of places to see and this tour satisfied two attractions.
candice a, Nov 2019 Verified
Annette led us on a wonderful 3 1/2 hour tour of South Philly's Italian Market and Mosaic art including the Magic Gargen -any part of the tour would be worth your time and money but taken together it was amazing. Annette had a real love of The Italian market and the mosaic art and brought us to her favorites ( thruout S Philly) The tour is really great but if you can ask for Annette you won't regret it!
Amanda H, Oct 2019 Verified
Good tour with lots of interesting information about the founding of the USA. Friendly and quick to answer questions.
Christine F, Jul 2019 Verified
Great, informative tour of the South Street art scene and the 9th Street Italian Market. In addition to loads of information from our very knowledgeable tour guide Nicole, the price includes samples of various items - including cheeses, oils, vinegar, gelato, and fresh bread. Our tour ran a little long - which was fine - just don't book your next appointment too close to the stated finish time as you'll want to complete the tour at the Magic Garden. Definitely recommend!
Kim R, Jul 2019 Verified
Stephanie was our tour guide, we were super impressed with her knowledge of the city and her passion for it. It really made the tour even better. Loved all of it and my husband and I would have probably never gone to the Magic Gardens on our own so it was a great addition. Loved the Italian Market and we went back the next day!

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