Bella Vista, home of the Italian Market

Bella Vista, or "beautiful sight" in Italian, is a neighborhood in Philadelphia located on the southern end of the city. There are highways and a train line located not too far outside of the neighborhood's limits. Residents relying on public transportation should look to live on the west side of the neighborhood as that's where the train line is. 

The area is probably best-known for the 9th Street Italian Market. As the oldest and largest outdoor market in the U.S., the Italian Market has become an icon of the neighborhood. Vendors carry all you need to stock your home kitchen including cookware, pasta, poultry, produce and even Italian truffles. The market draws crowds from all over Philly, giving the place an energetic Old-World atmosphere.

Take a stroll along Washington Avenue to find an eclectic mix of international restaurants. There's also a variety of price points. Stop in for a delicious dinner at a no-nonsense fast food spot or have a date night at a full service sit-down. No matter what you're after, Washington Avenue will have what you need in the way of cuisine. In fact, locals have rated Bella Vista as the best neighborhood for food in Philadelphia.

The Palumbo Recreation Center offers classes, sports leagues and summer camps to community families. It also manages nearby Cianfrani Park. 

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