JEWISH GHETTO TOUR

Duration
3hours
Inclusions
Tour Guide, Entrance Fees, Headsets
Language
English
Max Group Size
10 people
Transportation
Transportation from your hotel or lodging to the activity check in.
No
$
313
14
/ 2 People
Available:
Wed, Jul 28 2021
Time:
2:00 PM
Through E
Response rate: 
93%
Response time:
several hours
Highlights
  • Via del Portico d'Ottavia
  • Trastevere and the Tiber Island
  • Kosher Food in Rome
Preview Description
Visit the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Explore their neighbourhood, culture & old traditions.
 
Description
Explore the Culture and History of Europe's Oldest Jewish Community

On this private tour of Rome's Jewish Ghetto we'll spend roughly 3 hours touring the oldest Jewish community in Europe, appreciating the legacy of the first Jewish merchants who traversed the Tiber into ancient Rome. We'll discover the remnants of the communities they built, and learn all about the rich heritage of a neighborhood that has been a center of faith and worship since the Middle Ages. Join us as we stroll the streets of the quarter once designated as the only location Jews could live or work in the city - a neighborhood once enclosed by high walls and plagued by the constantly flooding waters of the Tiber river. In this triangular enclave in the heart of the historic center we'll admire one of the Eternal City's most beautiful fountains as well as the ruins of ancient Rome's most spectacular theatre. Most importantly, we'll get to the heart of Rome's Jewish community's center of worship since the early 1900s.

On this private tour we'll walk the narrow streets that wind their way toward the river, exploring the Tiber Island before crossing to the other bank and reaching Trastevere. The original home of Roman Jews from ancient times, here we'll see the ruins of one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. Along the way we'll also stop to enjoy some of the tempting delights at the Kosher bakeries and pizzerias in this historically rich section of Rome.

Rome has had a Jewish population for over 2,000 years. Emigration into the ancient world's greatest metropolis began around 140 BC, when Jews came to the fertile banks of the Tiber river and were absorbed into Roman society as traders, merchants, diplomats and slaves. Jewish traders from Israel first settled in the neighbourhood of Trastevere and by late antiquity over 30,000 Jews lived and worked in the city.

Today, one can see the remains of the ancient Trastevere synagogue that once stood in what remains one of Rome's most characteristic quarters even today. As the Middle Ages rolled around the Jewish community had shifted to the eastern banks of the Tiber. Their fortunes took a tragic turn for the worse in 1555, when the community was confined to a segregated area called the “ghetto” by Pope Paul IV. This was the period of the Counter-Reformation, when Catholicism was becoming more militant and hostility towards religious minorities was on the rise. Almost 5,000 Jews were walled into this tiny flood-prone area of only 7 acres and subjected to harsh restrictions on their civil liberties - curfews, limited work possibilities and the obligation to wear identifying yellow hats or scarves amongst them. The walls were finally torn down in the late 19th Century, but the Jewish Ghetto remains a distinctive area of Rome that is still the centre of the city's Jewish community even today.

The quarter's maze of cobblestoned streets are studded with kosher bakeries and restaurants, and make for one of our most atmospheric private tours in Rome. One of the real jewels of the Ghetto is Piazza Mattei, home to one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome: the Fountain of the Turtles is a 16th-century masterpiece designed by Giacomo della Porta, a landmark of Renaissance sculpture. The turtles were added by none other than the Baroque master Gianlorenzo Bernini in the 17th century.

Nearby Via della Reginella offers a snapshot of what life in the Ghetto was like during the days of confinement. The narrow street is lined with buildings stretching seven stories high- a testament to the tenements Jews were forced to build upwards due to the cramped quarters of the ghetto. Further into the quarter is the piazza between Portico d'Ottavia and Tempo Maggiore, where Jews were rounded up before being deported under Nazi occupation. A plaque commemorates this piazza as the location where over 1,000 Roman Jews were taken to become victims of the Holocaust. Only 16 returned.

Towering over the Tiber from its riverside perch, the Synagogue of Rome is a unique and beautiful testament to the restoration of Rome's Jewish community to their rightful place in the city, completed in 1905. In contrast to the innumerable Baroque monuments of Rome, the synagogue adopts Persian and Babylonian architectural designs and striking eastern artistic adornments. Inside, a museum chronicles the presence of Jews in the Eternal City from the time before Christ through to their persecution under the Fascist regime, culminating in their deportation on Hitler's orders.

The Jewish quarter is also home to one of the oldest standing and best preserved theatres of Ancient Rome. The Teatro Marcello was originally constructed by Julius Caesar and completed after his death in 11 B.C. by the emperor Augustus. This vast amphitheater, named after his favorite nephew and son-in-law, was one of the greatest theaters of ancient Rome.

Join us on this unique Rome private tour to discover a vitally important but often forgotten chapter of the Eternal City's fascinating history.
 
Places Visited
  • Trastevere is rione (region) XIII of Rome. It is a medieval area in Rome which is separated from the central city by the Tiber river.
Trastevere, Rome Trastevere is rione (region) XIII of Rome. It is a medieval area in Rome which is separated from the central city by the Tiber river. Despite its narrow lanes, many ... moretourists are attracted by its liveliness and the beautiful sceneries surrounding it. Trastever means literaly beyond the Tiber. It is the only place in Rome that survived the medieval period. Trastevere has a diverse nightlife and houses several archeological gems, as well as an international body of artists, students and expatriates who love the area’s special picturesque atmosphere and many secrets alleyways.

Trastevere has several historical attractions among them are the following:

Church of Santa Cecilia: this is a historical landmark decorated with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. It also has a fountain that contains a water vessel that lights up during the night. Behind this church, there is a sculpture dedicated to the martyr Santa Cecilia.

Gianicolo: it is also known as Janiculum Hill. If you climb this hill you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Rome. This is the hill became famous in the ancient days because it is where pagan priests used to go to in order to read the omens provided by the flight of birds; from these they would divine the outcome of different events which occurred in the city. The Janiculum Hill was also known as the site of a battle between troops that were under Giuseppe Garibaldi’s command and fought against the French.

Nightclubs: Trastevere is an awesome place to spend some time during the night. There are many lively nightclubs in the area that plays all types of music and keeps people entertained for the whole night. If you want to have some good time out in Rome, then Trastevere is the place to go. Some of the popular clubs in the area are Big Mama and Freni e Frizioni.

Restaurants: Trastevere area is also full of world class restaurants where you can enjoy Roman food at affordable prices. The restaurants offer classic dishes that are not easy to find in any other place. Some of the renowned restaurants in the area include Checco er Carettiere, Osteria Zi Mberto, The Mirror, Ai Marmi, among others. The restaurants offer both in-door and out-door services. The atmosphere at the restaurants is relaxing and soothing.

Trastevere also has an excellent museum as the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, located in Piazza Sant'Egidio, which hosts the permanent exhibition dedicated to folklore and Roman dialect poets, but also many temporary exhibitions. But that is not the only museum in the district: the House of Memory and History presents exhibitions and events to keep alive the memory of anti-fascism, Resistance and Liberation war; the Corsini Gallery which is full of historic pictures, the Botanic Garden located in the park of Villa Corsini, etc. The Trastevere area also has many Roman Catholic churches such as San Crisogono, Santa Maria in Trastevere.

On Saturday mornings Trastevere hosts a huge flee market called the Porta Portese. If you like flee markets this is most definitely the place for you as you can find there anything from clothes to antiques and old records.
Type:
Historic, Neighborhood
Rates
Minimum Guests:
2 people
Per
Type
Price
2 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
313
14
Add-ons
Name
Price
Additional guests
$
35
44
Schedule
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Custom policy
  • Cancellations made 30 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 8 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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