That “Pineapple” on Federal Hill in Providence is Not A Pineapple – Here’s What It Is and What It Means


Photo: Tony Kent // Flickr

Why do so many people, both Rhode Islanders and out-of-staters think the shape that welcomes us to Federal Hill in Providence is a Pineapple?

It’s an easy mistake to make because, well, at first glance it looks like an acorn.

However, true Rhode Islander’s know the real story – and for those of us who didn’t, here it is:

(Wikipedia) The gateway arch over Atwells Avenue near Downtown is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Providence. The La Pigna (or The Pine Cone) sculpture hanging from its center — a traditional Italian symbol of welcome, abundance, and quality — is often mistakenly referred to as “The Pineapple” and has become the symbol of Federal Hill. 

Italian culture was (and is) a very prominent part of Federal Hill, so the La Pigna is a fitting welcome for visitors.

Read more about it – and Federal Hill by clicking here.

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