Iconic La Pigna, lovingly dubbed "the Pinecone," arches over Atwells Avenue, beckoning visitors to explore vibrant venues in Federal Hill, just west of downtown. The "Heartbeat of Providence" offers a charming combination of Federalist homes, trendy shops and great Italian restaurants. Keeping tune with the neighborhood's personality, the meeting venues in Federal Hill appeal to those seeking intimate alternatives to the larger event venues in downtown Providence.
More than 25 percent of the U.S. population lives within 500 miles of Providence, making it a convenient meeting destination. T.F. Green Airport offers more than 160 direct flights a day, and I-95 stretches from Maine to Florida. Once here, attendees find Providence easy to navigate, thanks to its relatively compact downtown area and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods like Federal Hill.
Federal Hill is just 0.6 miles from the premier event venues in Providence: the Rhode Island Convention Center, Dunkin' Donuts Center and Veterans Memorial Auditorium. One of New England's premier meeting facilities, the RICC offers 100,000 square feet for exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, 23 meeting rooms, 30,000 square feet for pre-function events and a fifth-floor Rotunda with spectacular downtown views.
Hotel venues in Federal Hill area feature only one property on the Hill itself: the lemon-yellow, 14-suite Hotel Dolce Villa, facing dePasquale Square. The Villa takes buyouts of its astounding property. Other nearby hotels include the 274-room Hilton Providence, with more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
Providence's proud Italian heritage continues to thrive thanks in no small part to the local dining scene, and several restaurants double as event venues in Federal Hill. Atwells Avenue alone features many private dining rooms for small- to medium-sized groups. The Blue Grotto's dynamic venues seat six to 100, and Pane e Vino Ristorante has two private rooms: the Fireplace Room for 45, and the charming Window Room for 17. More casual dinner affairs can be arranged at Trattoria Zooma, where the private party room seats 30.
After dark, grab a table at Forbidden City or Ice Lounge for drinks and music. Or, for a more dramatic close to your day, check out the WaterFire schedule to see if downtown's rivers will be ablaze with light while you're in town. WaterFire is best viewed along the Providence River Greenway, roughly a mile from Federal Hill but well worth the walk or cab ride.