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Place d’Italie, the heart of Paris 13, 200m from the hotel

The square gets its name from the nearby Avenue d’Italie, the starting point for the long road that linked Paris with Italy. Prior to Baron Haussmann’s remodelling and extension of Paris in the 19th century, the site of the Place d’Italie was occupied by a segment of the city wall separating Paris from the town of Gentilly. The annexation of surrounding districts into Paris and the removal of the wall in 1860 allowed the construction of a great square that acted as the equivalent to the Place de l’Étoile (location of the Arc de Triomphe) on Paris’ left bank. It took the place of the Barrière d’Italie (a former city gate) and a part of the Boulevard des Gobelins, the rampant walk of Ivry and the Boulevards d’Italie and d’Ivry.

 

Seen as the heart of Paris’ 13th arrondissement, the Place d’Italie is full of life with plenty of things to do. If you love shopping, take a trip to the light and airy Italie 2 shopping centre set across several storeys. With its vast array of 130 shops and restaurants (particularly its clothing stores catering for all ages and genders), Italie 2 is a welcoming place which feels more relaxing than stressful and great for visiting during the sales with its countless branded shops and the Printemps department store.

 

The Place d’Italie is also a great launching pad for getting to Paris’ greatest landmarks. Served by lines 5, 6 and 7, you’ll be able to get directly to Gare d’Austerlitz, Bastille, République, Gare de l’Est, Gare du Nord, République, Bercy, Nation, Denfert-Rochereau, Montparnasse, Trocadéro, Champs Elysées, Châtelet, Musée du Louvre, Opéra, Chaussée d’Antin and more.

The hotel is a 200 m walk from the Place d’Italie.

The 13th arrondissement

There’s lots of great things to discover in this eclectic arrondissement in the south east of Paris. Not far from the hotel, visit the Manufacture des Gobelins, where world famous traditional tapestries were created, taste the best Asian cuisine Paris has to offer in Chinatown, lose yourself in the village atmosphere of the Butte aux Cailles and discover Paris Rive Gauche, the city’s newest neighbourhood.

Avenue des Gobelins

Next to the hotel, the Avenue des Gobelins links the Place d’Italie with the Latin Quarter. Revel at its remarkable buildings and numerous cinemas. A lovely tree-lined street, enjoy its famous Manufacture des Gobelins tapestry factory as well as its numerous welcoming cafés. 

Butte aux Cailles

This little patch of countryside in the middle of Paris has managed to keep its village atmosphere. As you walk through the Butte aux Cailles, you’ll love its peaceful streets, its little houses, its calm and its greenery. For those who love street art, it’s also one of the most popular areas among street artists.