The tour starts on Charlottesvilles Downtown Mall in front of Marco & Luca Dumpling Shop. It is very close to
To go East, when indicated above, head away from the Omni Hotel and walk slightly up hill toward the other end of the Mall. To go West, walk downhill toward the Violet Crown Cinema. You can usually see the movie marquee on the left side of the Mall.
Marco & Luca Dumpling Shop (also called "Marco & Luca Noodle Shop") faces the Mall but is located inside a building called York Place. York Place has flags of several nationalities (Italy, Germany, France, Cuba) hanging from the second floor. They are at the same height as the movie marquee.
Be sure to meet on the Mall, itself. Not on the Water Street side of York Place or inside Marco & Luca.
During inclement weather, there is a nice waiting area inside York Place.
GPS address for Marco & Luca: 112 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Note: You CANNOT drive to this address. It is on a pedestrian mall which is closed to traffic. You CAN drive to the parking garage and walk 2-1/2 blocks to this address.
GPS address for the Water St parking garage: 200 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Map to Marco & Luca and nearby parking garage. (Opens in a new window.) Look for the little blue flag on the map.
Walking directions from Water St Parking Garage: The garage is on the corner of Water Street and 2nd St. Live Arts is also on that corner. Cross Water St and walk up 2nd St, next to Live Arts. In one block you will reach the Mall. Turn left and walk 1-1/2 blocks to York Place--look for the flags.
If you park in the Market St Parking Garage: Go West down the mall (away from the big tent--The Pavillion) and walk five blocks. I recommend the Water St Parking Garage because it is closer and it is less expensive than the Market St Garage. ($1.50/hr verses $2/hr) Both are run by the same concern and both honor 2-hr free parking stamps from various vendors on the Mall.
Printer friendly directions. (Opens in a new window.)