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Jewish Ghetto Rome and Trastevere Tour

The Jewish Ghetto Rome tour is ideal for exploring the oldest part of the Eternal City. Discover the Portico D’Ottavia that neighbors the Teatro Marcello, Mattei Square, the Great Synagogue, as well as Tiber Islan! There has been a population of 15.000 Jews living in this part of Rome since the 1st century B.C.

Portico D’Ottavia & Teatro Marcello

If you have visited all the main sites and are looking for other things to do in Rome, take part in this tour! Portico D’Ottavia & Teatro Marcello
Rome has many hidden secrets, which both adults and children will love to learn, and few are more curious than the ancient fish stone. If you were to arrive at night, you would see just one part of the Portico illuminated – can anyone guess as to why….??

Emperor Augusto dedicated the temple to her sister and the beautifully preserved Teatro Marcello to Ottavia’s son.

From learning the heritage of Kosher cooking to uncovering how the bible rules still dictate how to prepare the food, this will be an eye-opening visit for one.

Rome Fountain of the Turtles

Rome’s Turtle Fountain is among the famous sites to see in Rome. A legend regarding the Mattei family tells that the fountain was built in a single night. Your guide will explain how the head of the family won this bet.

The fountain designed in the 1580s by Giacomo Della Porta would only have featured bronze youths and dolphins. Gian Lorenzo Bernini added the turtles nearly 100 years later.

Rome Great Synagogue

The Synagogue is the very symbol of the Jewish Ghetto and includes all manner of ornaments and clues to help your guide tell the full story of Jewish culture in Ancient Rome.

Tiber Island & Santa Maria in Trastevere

Pass by Tiber island – home to the Jewish Hospital as well as the Ancient Synagogue Tower – then continue through the narrow streets to arrive at Trastevere, which is where you will discover Santa Maria in Trastevere. This beautiful construction began around 1130 AD and displays today a variety of elegant mosaics and impressive columns.

A Short History of the Jewish Ghetto of Roma

Even though the Jewish were first brought to Rome from Judea as slaves in 63 B.C., they lived in freedom. In fact, during the reign of Julius Caesar, they were able to travel and settle anywhere.

Treated in different ways by Emperors and Popes – sometimes oppressed, sometimes persecuted – they became, during the Renaissance, bankers, traders, merchants, and artisans, as well as artists and writers. It was in 1555 that Pope Paul IV sequestered them in Trastevere’s “Ghetto,” with strict anti-Jewish laws.

When Italy became a Nation in 1870 that King Victor Emanuel gave them their full citizenship.

Pick up details and other info:

Pick up time is 9:00 am or 2:00 pm from your centrally located hotel/apartment/B&B. A central location is within a radius of 7 kilometers from the Pantheon. On request, it is possible to organize the tour at different times and pick you up from other locations.

Included in the tour:

  • Pick-up directly from your hotel/apartment/B&B with a luxury private car
  • Professional Certified Guide to all sites
  • Drop off back to your location or wherever in the city center
  • COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff (social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites).

.Duration: 3 Hours


Price: From 56 €


Days of Operations: Every day


Pick up Time: from the hotel 9:00 am/ 2:00 pm


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Visita guidata a Trastevere

Trastevere

Visita guidata Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere

Visita guidata Ghetto Ebraico

Ghetto Ebraico

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The Jewish were first brought to Rome from Judea as slaves in 63 B.C., but they lived in freedom. During Julius Caesar’s reign, they could travel and settle everywhere. Treated in different ways by Emperors and Popes, sometimes oppressed and persecuted, became, during the Renaissance, bankers, traders, merchants, and artisans, but also artists and writers. In 1555 Pope Paul IV segregated them in Trastevere’s “Ghetto,” with strict anti-Jewish laws. The most painful part of Jewish history was the Holocaust. When Italy became a Nation in 1870, the king Victor Emanuel, gave them full citizenship. The actual community counts 15.000 Jews.

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Let us show you the capital of Italy and of the Roman Empire. Our expert guides will deliver the best possible Rome experience. Have fun and bring home unforgettable memories strolling by the world-famous fountains and squares of Rome. We tailor-make each holiday to your specific requirements: discovering the hidden scenery of the eternal city will be a great adventure.

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