Availability: Monday – Sunday Group Size: Just you and your tour guide! Duration: 3 Hours
What’s Included: Expert guide who speaks fluent English, high spec headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
The synagogue in the Jewish ghetto
The Portico d’Ottavia in the Jewish ghetto
First, your tour guide will take you to Trastevere – a picturesque medieval area. Trastevere is the 13th, and one of the oldest, districts of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber River, south of Vatican City. Its name comes from the Latin trans Tiberim, literally meaning “beyond the Tiber”.
Trastevere was once the Ripa Etrusca, the Tiber’s Etruscan Bank, reflecting the people who had settled the left bank of the river. They were driven off early in Rome’s history, opening the area to the increasing numbers of Tiber fishermen who moved there. Jews and Syrians also began occupying the area.
Trastevere is still the district with Rome’s largest concentration of foreigners, including international students and expats.
Why do many who come to Rome like Trastevere?
The location is just across the river from the major archaeological monuments of Ancient Rome. The narrow, cobbled streets are loaded with charm and outside the major squares the area can be quite quiet at night. Trastevere feels like a small village (with a large percentage of people who eat out), yet you’re right in the historic center of Rome!
The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria, a pedestrianized square piazza lined with restaurants, bars, faded palazzi and the church of Santa Maria. The steps surrounding the pretty central fountain are a popular hang-out spot for the ‘alternative’ crowd.
Jewish Ghetto/Roman Ghetto Tour
The Roman Ghetto or Ghetto of Rome was a Jewish Ghetto established in 1555 in the Sant’Angelo district. It is surrounded by present-day Via del Portico d’Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto, close to the River Tiber and the Theatre of Marcellus.
With the exception of brief periods under Napoleon from 1808 to 1815 and under the Roman Republics of 1789-99 and 1849, the ghetto of Rome was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870.
It was established as a result of Papal Bull, promulgated by Pope Paul IV on 14 July 1555. The bull also required the Jews of Rome, which had existed as a community since before Christian times and which numbered about 2,000 at the time, to live in the ghetto. The ghetto was a walled quarter with its gates locked at night.
The area of Rome chosen for the ghetto was one of the most undesirable quarters of the city, subject to constant flooding by the Tiber River, but where Jews already amounted to 80% of the population.
However, the ghetto was welcomed by some Jews who thought that its walls would protect the small Jewish community from possible attacks by Christian mobs and at the same time enabling Jewish religious customs to be observed without interference.
Among the highlights of what you will visit on your Jewish Ghetto Private Tour are:
The Synagogue is one of the most popular tourist places of the Jewish ghetto of Rome. The Great Synagogue is a large two storey building with a square base surmounted by a large dome. The Synagogue of the Jewish ghetto of Rome is a place of prayer and a vital cultural reference point for the entire Jewish community.
The Portico d’Ottavia dates back to the 2nd century BC. In the middle ages a large fish market and a church were built on the ruins of the porch.
From the Portico d’Ottavia there is a direct access to Teatro Marcello, the “small Colosseum”.
The Roman ghetto is a hidden pearl between the Tiber river and Venice Square. Often, tourists overlook this neighborhood because they are in a rush or they don’t pay enough attention, but this neighborhood should be in the “must see” list while in Rome.
Our Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Private Tour is the only one of its kind in Rome, so don’t delay … book today!
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Infant (ages 0-2) *
* Ages refer to on the day of the tour, and all participants must have a photographic ID to present upon request (photocopies and electronic devices are accepted)
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