Historic Ybor City was founded in the 1880’s, and made famous for its Cuban cigar factories. Ybor City is also home of the annual Gasparilla Knight Parade and Guavaween, an annual Halloween event, as well as one of our favorite events, Fiesta Italiana, a celebration of the local Sicilian heritage featuring delicious Italian foods and wines. Ybor City is a neighborhood diverse in cultural and nightlife activities, with a prominent historical background, and a mix of contemporary & historic living amenities. Lining the historic red brick streets of Ybor City are some of Tampa’s most famous restaurants and clubs, such as The Columbia Restaurant, Bernini, and Carmine’s, cigar factories and shops, The Spanish & Italian Clubs, art galleries, novelty stores, and a host of bars and nightclubs catering to every lifestyle. Ybor City also has a background rich in the welcoming of the LGBT community, and a section of Ybor City is now called Gaybor. Ybor City homes range from historic bungalows from the early 1900’s, factories converted into stylish urban lofts, and newly constructed homes, townhomes, and condos. Future plans to further gentrify Ybor City’s residential and retail districts, while preserving its’ historic character and charm are underway, with plans including new retail stores, homes, hotels, and increased street lighting and amenities. Ybor City is just east of Channelside & Downtown Tampa, and easily accessible from I-4, 275, The Leroy Selmon Expressway, and the TECO trolley.
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