Sights ~ La Pigna ~ Providence

As you approach Federal Hill on Atwells Avenue from Downcity, you pass under the Gateway Arch.

This marks the entrance to the Italian district called Federal Hill. Much more diverse now than it was in the early 1900s when the first immigrants came to the area, the Hill still holds fast to its Italian roots.

The pigna represents hospitality, quality and abundance in Italian culture.

The pigna is often mistaken for a pineapple, but in fact, it's a pine cone.

The arch, with its Corinthian column supports, and pigna were dedicated in 1981 to honor the cultural, economic and artistic contributions of Italo-Americans to the City of Providence, and to serve as a welcome to the community.

It's hard to believe it's only been standing for 35 years, which means it had only been around for a few months when my husband and I moved to Rhode Island (the first time) so he could attend college.


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