Bella Vista, Italian for “beautiful sight”, is a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Annual festivals in the neighborhood include the Italian Market Festival and Bella Vista Festa. Arts and cultural events in Bella Vista are centered around public concerts, coffeehouses and Fleisher Art Memorial.
Bella Vista was the first neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants in Philadelphia, and it continues to be one of Philadelphia’s Italian American neighborhoods. The Italian Market is most recognized from the motion picture “Rocky” when Sylvester Stallone ran down 9th street as part of his training ritual. It is the second most visited tourist attraction in all of Philadelphia. In case you are wondering, The Liberty Bell is first.
Bella Vista’s boundaries, for real estate purposes are South Street to the North, Washington Avenue to the South, 6th Street to the East, and 11th Street to the West.
Bella Vista Information
The neighborhood is considered the brunch capital of Philadelphia, has a bocce league that plays at Bardascino Park (10th & Carpenter Streets), and features a permanent community garden at 10th & Kimball.
Major Landmarks: Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market; the former Fante-Leone Pool; Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine , ; Palumbo’s Restaurant, Ninth and Catharine streets, which burned down in 1994.
Rec Centers: Palumbo Rec Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets
Parks: Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets; Cianfrani Park, Eighth and Fitzwater streets;Palumbo Park, 723 Catharine St.; Triangle Park, Sixth and Christian streets