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  3. San Francisco
  4. City Lights Bookstore

SF North Beach Tour: Italians, Eccentrics & Beat Poets

Product ID: 224508
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Marvel at old haunts of artists, writers, and other classic North Beach characters to give you a feel for what makes this little neighborhood such a hotbed of creative activity.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Dive into the Italian history and beat poet past of North Beach.
  • See the bars, cafes and bookstores made famous by Beat Generation writers
  • Visit spots where modern storytellers like George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola created some of their masterworks
Full description
Start near Washington Square Park with a lovely view of Coit Tower, a monument to one of San Francisco's most celebrated eccentrics, Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Then explore the story of the neighborhood’s Italian immigrants who flooded the area at the turn of the century and still lend the area much of its character.

Enjoy the friendly cafes and bars opened by the Italians that hosted the Beat Generation and the artists they inspired. Stop by literary landmarks like Caffe Trieste and Vesuvio, where everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Bob Dylan have enjoyed a drink. Check out Kerouac Alley and press your nose to the glass of the City Lights Bookstore. Finish with a few of the favorite hang-out spots of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, proving that the spirit of art and eccentricity are alive and well in the neighborhood.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• While never expected, tips and gratuities are always appreciated
• Please note that guests must arrive 10 minutes before tour departure time
• Due to San Francisco's hills, as well as crowded city streets and unpaved pathways, guests with mobility limitations, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated
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Product ID: 224508