Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems (Paperback)
Get to know the city's most vibrant and historic neighborhoods.
Grab your walking shoes and become an urban adventurer. Natalie Pompilio guides you through 30 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Go beyond the obvious with self-guided tours that showcase famed fare (such as cheesesteaks, pretzels, and beer that make Philadelphia a foodies' paradise), as well as vintage boutiques, high-end shopping destinations, and one-of-a-kind local goods. Discover Philadelphia's many "Firsts"--the first zoo, first library system, and first hospital--plus dozens of historic sites you learned about in school. Explore a Museum District that's second to none, an all-encompassing park system, America's Most Historic Square Mile, and much more.
Walking Philadelphia is the only guide to the city that makes you feel like you're being led by your smartest, closest, funniest friend. The tours not only include all the important historic facts and figures, but Natalie also shares behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits that you'll later rush to tell others. Plus, Tricia Pompilio's photography brings these walking tours to life. Walking Philadelphia is recommended for locals, as well as tourists, promising something for everyone.
About the Author
Freelance journalist Natalie Pompilio lives and writes in a house on an alley off an alley in South Philadelphia. A former staff writer with The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, she loves hearing and telling stories. Her idea of a perfect night is sitting on her roof deck at dusk with her husband, Jordan Barnett, their two cats, and a bottle of wine while watching the chimney swifts emerge for their nightly dance. This is her third book featuring Philadelphia. More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, with coauthors Jane Golden and Robin Race, was released by Temple University Press in 2006. She partnered with New Orleans photographer Jennifer Zdon (twirlphotography.com) to self-publish the children's alphabet book Philadelphia A to Z in 2010. Find her work at nataliepompilio.com. Tricia Pompilio is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Philadelphia. After 15 years in television, she decided to focus on her children and her photography. When she's not following her husband, Vince Savarese, and their three daughters--Fiona, Luna, and Poppy--with a camera, she's probably re-reading Harry Potter 1-7 with her two black cats while Rob Thomas sings softly in the background. To see her work, visit instagram.com/triciapphotography.