(Updated August 2022)
Parking in Little Italy anytime of year is its downfall
As a many year veteran of the Little Italy Feast and long time Heights resident, I can tell you that, as much as I love Little Italy, I loathe the lack of parking. Most people see their parking options as:
- Ride around block after block hoping to get lucky and ride up to a spot as someone is getting ready to leave.
- Surrender to the long walk down and up Mayfield Road hill.
- Surrender $10-20 to the local who converts his yard into a parking lot for the Feast.
A free option
The best option, if you’re a cyclist, is bicycling it if you’re within reasonable distance. If you’re a bit out there, perhaps you have a bike rack for your car. Park for free along MLK Jr Drive and take the short, gorgeous ride from there. Don’t forget your lock. Don’t ruin a perfect day.
The low cost, low hassle option
As suggested in the comments below, taking the Rapid RTA is low cost (about $5) and convenient for most Clevelanders. Here’s a link to look up your route.
How about Uber or Lyft?
We live about 2 miles from Little Italy and thought Uber would be a great, cost-effective way to alleviate the parking hassle. Due to demand, getting an Uber was impossible at 3pm on Saturday AND was going to cost $20… one way. We decided to do Lyft and had no problem getting a driver, but it still cost $15 each way. You’re better off driving with nearly any other option listed here, in our opinion.
If you have other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below.
Ride the Rapid
Where would we get off the rapid if coming from the west side?
Get off at the University Circle Rapid Station.
No! Save your the 5-10 min walk & get off the Windermere Red line at the new Little Italy stop right on Mayfield Rd at the base of the feast
Thank you for the helpful update.