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Barrio Italia

Visit the neighborhood in Santiago that has it all!

Barrio Italia - or also known as Barrio Santa Isabel - is one of the most attractive sectors of Providencia for tourists.
Formerly in this sector, many immigrants -especially Italians- came to live and work, and thus leaving their cultural imprint in spaces such as the Castillito Sermini, the Sombrerería Girardi, and the Teatro Italia. Today, it has become the design hub of the city, and an important gastronomic center, with great alternatives to eat during the day or enjoy at night.

What to see in the Barrio Italia

Along the Avenida Italia and Condell (between the streets Marín and Caupolicán) the places of interest of the Barrio Italia are displayed, with various alternatives, such as design and decoration stores or antique shops and furniture stores.

Design Hub
Throughout Barrio Italia, you will find a mix of design and decoration shops, antique shops, workshops, clothing and footwear boutiques, art galleries, beautiful cafes, and small restaurants. Many antique houses in the neighborhood have become small shopping centers. So do not stay outside, go in the interior corridors because there is much to see and discover. There are also other smaller malls of more contemporary construction, such as Estacion Italia, inspired by a train station (entryways through Italy 1439 and Condell 1438).
If you know Palermo from Buenos Aires, you will notice that these two southern neighborhoods are very similar. Locals are usually open between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Barrio Italia, Santiago de Chile

Caupolican Street
The furniture makers that are located along the calle Caupolican  - between Condell and Salvador-, were the first to reach the sector, giving the beginning to this neighborhood. Here are concentrated antique shops and furniture restorers, who in addition to their workshops full of objects, expose their work on the sidewalks. It is very fun to go through the small workshops and come across some unexpected memory to take home.

Eduardo Frei Montalva Museum House
In the Barrio Italia there is also the house of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva (Hindenburg 683), today converted into a museum of his work as a statesman and his private life. Very interesting to know the austere lifestyle that characterized Chilean politicians until the twentieth century. One of the curious facts about this museum is that here is the fragment of moonstone donated to Chile, after the first expedition to the Moon.

Factoria Italia (Italy Factory)
The symbol of the neighborhood is the factory of Sombrerería Girardi, an industry that operated between 1910 and 2011. Today it is the headquarters of Factoría Italia, a center of cultural entrepreneurship, in which every so often there are exhibitions, events, fairs and shows open to the public. public. The applaud is that they conserved the original structure of the building, patrimony of the industrial past of the sector. There is also a restaurant, architecture offices, design, and workshops among other projects.

Teatro Italia (Italy Theater)
The Teatro Italia (Avenida Italia con Bilbao) -a distinguished art deco building built in 1936- was a cinema much loved by the locals. Today it is part of the Italy Factory and its interior is being remodeled to become the Factoría Italia Cultural Center, which will feature a cinema, bookstores, coffee, and a bar.

Barrio Italia, Santiago de Chile

Where to Eat?
There are many small restaurants and cafes born every year in the neighborhood. With food from around the world and cuisine of the country. Among them, the Trattoria Da Noi, a family-run Italian restaurant, stands out for its delicious food and for being one of the first to settle in the neighborhood safe from its potential (Avenida Italia 1791). If you want to try homemade Chilean food go to Bar el Hoyo (El Hoyo 'Chico'), which has abundant and very economical dishes. It is open from Monday to Saturday for two hours: 13 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Credit 471). For more information on the typical dishes of Chile, our guide to where to eat in Santiago will help you

The nightlife in the Barrio Italia has gone on a rapid increase, becoming one of the favorite places to go to celebrate after the office and enjoy until the wee hours of the morning. One of the alternatives is Bar de René (Santa Isabel 0369), special for those who like rock and want to hear Chilean musicians, famous among music lovers and night owls for their musical offer and cold beers.

Barrio Italia, Santiago de Chile

Where to stay in the Barrio Italia?
There are beautiful hotels in Barrio Italia!
In the Italian neighborhood, there are small hotels and cozy and cheap hostels. There is also one of the best-ranked hotels with excellent comments from travelers at Booking: the Carmenrre Boutique Hotel. Very recommended! It is a typical neighborhood house converted into a hotel, it is quiet, bright, and above all well located (steps from the metro and in the heart of Providencia).

How to get to Barrio Italia?
In Santiago, the most common means of public transportation are:
  • Transantiago (buses)
  • Metropolitan Train of Santiago (underground)
  • Taxis (rental vehicles)
  • Collectives (black, similar to taxis, but more passengers go up and have a pre-established route)
The Barrio Italia is located in the southern part of the Providencia commune, bordering the Ñuñoa commune. The main arteries that surround it are Avenida Salvador by the East, Avenida Bustamante by the West, Avenida Bilbao by the North, and Avenida Irarrazaval by the South.

Barrio Italia, Map

Underground Transportation
The Metropolitan Train of Santiago de Chile is one of the most modern means of transportation in Latin America. It has 5 lines that cover much of the city and is currently expanding to new sectors, is a fast and safe service and its lines are easy to identify by colors:
  • Line 1 (Red), Line 2 (Yellow), Line 4 (Blue), Line 4A (Light Blue), Line 5 (Green)
There are different central stations where you can make combinations with other lines, which are:
  • Baquedado Station, Los Heroes Station, Santa Ana Station, Tobalaba Station, Vicuna Mackenna Station, Vicente Valdés Station, La Cisterna Station


Barrio Italia, Providencia, Santiago de Chile

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