Italians in Tampa and Ybor City

Italians were among the many immigrant groups that came to the Tampa area to seek a better life. This tour explores different sites related to Italian-America history in Tampa and Ybor City.

The Yellow House Bar

For a portion of the twentieth century, the Italian Mafia had a foothold in Ybor. Among the criminal activities practiced in the city was the operation of the illegal lottery game known as “Bolita”. In this game, little numbered balls were mixed in a…

The Italian Club

L’Unione Italiana, or The Italian Club, was founded in 1894 as a mutual-aid society for its Italian members. Its first president, Bartolo Filogamo, was the first Italian cigar manufacturer. When it started, the club had only 107 members. By November…

The Lynching of Castenge Ficcarotta and Angelo Albano

The lynching of Angelo Albano and Castenge Ficarrotta was a dark occurrence in the history of Italians in Tampa. On September 20, 1910, the two men were arrested for complicity in the shooting of J.F. Easterling. Easterling was a worker at the…