This tour is great for those looking to get off the beaten track while not traveling too far. Discover the beauty, mystery and history of the world’s oldest Jewish Ghetto and find the hidden treasures of Rome that most tourists never see.
Discover the beauty and mystery of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome...
and find the hidden treasures of Rome that most tourists never see. Meet your expert guide in Piazza Venezia at the bottom of the steps of the Capitoline Hill or Campidoglio. Begin by walking the gentle slope to Piazza del Campidoglio to see the square designed by Michelangelo, and now home to the famous Capitoline Museums. Next we walk to the Theatre of Marcellus and the Porticus Octaviae, an enormous structure built by the emperor Augustus in honour of his sister Octavia.
From here we enter the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the world, first constructed in 1555 by the pope after revoking all rights granted to the Roman Jews, and barring them from all types of trade and the ability to own real estate. In spite of this, the Jewish community thrived inside developing shrewd business trade, a unique and wonderful cuisine inside their walls and even their own dialect of Italian. Here we will encounter the Great Synagogue, still the third largest in Europe, which still functions today as a place of prayer and a vital cultural reference point for the entire Jewish community of Rome. Then walk the streets past The Turtle Fountain, sample Kosher gelato and cross over to the boat shaped Tiber Island using the oldest active bridge in Rome.
Expert, friendly and professional guide.
Gelato / Ice Cream
Entrance to the Synagogue.
Additional Food and Drink
Know Before You Go
Please arrive to the meeting point 15 minutes prior to start time. No refund for no show / late arrivals.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to dress warmly in colder temperatures, and bring a cover for bare shoulders inside churches in the warmer months.
You may want to bring an umbrella in case of rain.