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Need to get away? Then check out a little taste of Little Italy located in downtown San Diego. Since the 1920's Little Italy had made its mark beginning with the growth of the tuna industry. However, the building of interstate 5 severely reduced the area Little Italy encompassed and the tuna industry went south. In the last 15 years the Little Italy Association, the only one of its kind, has strived to surpass all of Little Italy's former glory. With India Street as its main avenue, Little Italy is a community of interesting architecture, delicious food and wonderful retail spaces. Amici Park, located at the corner of State and Date streets, features Bocci ball courts, a mini-amphitheater and a large green field. If you're a power-walker but prefer the sights and sounds of the city as opposed natural environments then Little Italy's One Mile Walk is the perfect urban trail. The route does not cross and major intersections or stop lights so exercise enthusiasts can worry less about the fluctuation of their heart rate. Speaking of hearts, Little Italy would not have hers without Our Lady of the Rosary Church which was founded in 1923 by Fr. Sylvester Rabagliati. The center of Little Italy is the Piazza Basilone, a courtyard or meeting center for the entire community. The Little Italy Association has begun to carry out a mission which will pay tribute to veterans, soldiers and community alike by converting part of Fir Street into part of the Piazza.