Get a taste of la dolce vita in Toronto.
Italians have played an important role in Canadian history ever since Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) explored and claimed Newfoundland for England in 1497. Between 1885 and 1924, and then after World War II, waves of Italians settled around College Street — Toronto's first "Little Italy." Today, this area is packed with trattorias, funky shops, hip restaurants and a lively bar scene. Sidewalks are jammed on weekends, especially in the summer when locals and visitors alike sip espresso on outdoor patios such as Café Diplomatico (often used as a set by filmmakers).