The Golden Gate is still one of the symbols of San Francisco , as well as the super tourist Pier 39, the Painted Ladies (the colorful Victorian houses among the favorite subjects on Instagram), the winding Lombard Street and the iconic Alcatraz island in the middle to the bay.
But SFO (after an hour you find yourself in San Francisco, you learn to call it that) is a city that is changing fast, thanks to the new economy, the increasingly numerous start-ups and the nearby Silicon Valley , which attracts every year thousands of young people from every corner of the globe.
In a few years new neighborhoods were born , inhabited and frequented by young people whose age varies between 25 and 35 years and who deserve to be explored. First of all, the district of SoMa (South of Market), a large district built where until a few years ago there were only fields.
Today it houses the iconic Salesforce Building, the Moscone Center , the largest convention center in the city, where every year the eagerly-awaited Apple WorldWide Developers Conference is held, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SF MOMA ), a building designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, whose shape resembles the keel of a ship. Inside is In Situ, one of the best gourmet restaurants in the city, where every dish looks like a work of art. but the whole SoMa neighborhood is full of luxury restaurants and nightclubs.
The SoMa district (South of Market) – @San Francisco Travel Association
Another emerging district that is under development is Dogpatch , a former industrial area near the bay, made up of residential lofts, warehouses of old shipyards that today house art galleries, ateliers, spaces for coworking and innovative premises. Walking along the streets you discover addresses of young designers and artisans who produce from handmade clogs to the strangest objects. This area maintains an industrial atmosphere and, on Third Street, there are trendy restaurants, cafes for Sunday brunch, pubs and wine bars, as well as the Museum of Craft and Design.
The new Dogpatch district
Getting around San Francisco is very simple. The advice is to get the CityPASS which allows you to move freely going up and down the trams and the subway and even taking the famous cable car as well as having free access to some attractions and many of the city’s museums.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – @San Francisco Travel Association
San Francisco can be reached by direct flights from Italy of Air Italy that operate from Milan Malpensa airport four times a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday), reachable thanks to the company’s domestic flights from Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania , Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia.