On our Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Tour we will visit oldest neighbourhoods of Rome with the most beautiful streets and characteristic atmosphere.
What you will see on your Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Tour
Trastevere is a picturesque medieval area; 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, meaning literally “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 and who where 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 seems like a small village (with a large percentage of people who eat out), yet you’re smack in the historic center of Rome.
The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, a pedestrianised square piazza lined with restaurants and pricey bars, faded palazzi, and the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. The steps surrounding the pretty central fountain are a popular hang-out spot for a non-typical crowd
Jewish Ghetto / Roman Ghetto
The Roman Ghetto or Ghetto of Rome was a Jewish Ghetto established in 1555 in the Sant’Angelo district, in Rome, in the area 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 amounted already 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 from the drain which must follow from assimilation, 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 also, and above all, 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 and it is one of the monuments of most interest. 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!
SEE ALSO … Ancient Rome & Colosseum Private Tour