The Story of the House of Italy:
The House of Italy’s Italian-American neighborhood is all of San Diego. Its home is one of the 32 historic international cottages tucked into San Diego’s beautiful jewel, Balboa Park. The cottages were founded as part of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Today they are called the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, and they promote multicultural goodwill and understanding through cultural, educational and social programs.
The House of Italy (HOI) plays a major role in maintaining the Italian Americans’ cultural identity. It keeps our unique Italian American heritage alive by helping its members live and remember their heritage, pass it down to the next generation, and introduce it to non-Italians.
The objectives of the HOI to this day remain:
- Preserve and foster the art and culture of Italy,
- Extend hospitality to all guests and greet visitors with a warm Italian welcome,
- Provide a family atmosphere for its members and guests,
- Sponsor activities and programs throughout the year,
Visit the House of Italy Cottage:
Sunday Open House
HOI has the warmth of an Italian salon and is decorated with a ceiling mural, and photographs of Italian scenes. Visitors are greeted with a warm Italian welcome and treated to biscotti and gelato, Italian cookies and ice cream.
The House of Italy (HOI) is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in the International Cottage area of Balboa Park between noon and 4:00 PM. Please visit and speak to our gracious hosts about Italy!
Please visit our Website which includes information on all our upcoming events at www.houseofitalysandiego.org
We can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org