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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

1. Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

Your guided tour will start in Rome's Jewish ghetto, established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome. Led by an experienced guide, visit Jewish-owned businesses, explore kosher restaurants and see the synagogue of Rome. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei. Next, head over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, and walk over the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in Rome. These two areas are often overlooked by tourists but they have plenty to offer. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to get a feel for this Bohemian area of Rome.

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Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Go in search of Europe's oldest Jewish community accompanied by a professional guide and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Join your guide as you stroll through the narrow lanes of the remaining parts of the old Ghetto around Portico d’Ottavia. Retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city, from ancient times to the modern-day. Hear the tragic tale of how the Roman Jews were rounded up in the Ghetto to be sent to Auschwitz and see the brass cobblestones installed as a memorial to the Holocaust victims. Learn about Roman-Jewish cuisine and take the opportunity to sample traditional foods such as fried artichokes or an authentic sour cherry cake. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the largest in Europe. End your tour in Piazza Mattei at the Turtle Fountain.

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Rome: Fountains and Piazzas Walking Tour with Pickup

3. Rome: Fountains and Piazzas Walking Tour with Pickup

Join a guided walking tour in the historical heart of the city that will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most famous and symbolic sights of Rome. Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Roman squares, a cosmopolitan meeting place with many outdoor cafes and seasonal fairs, where the famous Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain stands. Continue to the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, and one of the icons of Rome. See the Piazza di Spania with its 18th-century buildings, and marvel at Bernini’s fountain La Barcaccia. Then climb the magnificent and celebrated Spanish Steps that lead up to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Off the Piazza you'll find boutiques from the most famous high fashion brands.

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3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

4. 3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

The Trastevere neighborhood offers a pleasant diversion from the heavily touristed historic center of Rome. It is largely residential, and characterized by narrow, cobbled streets, medieval-era structures, and a large university student population. As you explore Trastevere on this 3-hour tour you’ll find an impressive selection of restaurants, bars, and cafés that are frequented by locals. Explore the boutiques and studios for some unique gifts. Trastevere literally means beyond the Tiber, and it was originally connected to the main city of Rome by a tiny wooden bridge. Immigrants, mainly Jews and Syrians, arrived from the East and settled in the area. The center of public life in the neigbhorhood is the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, a large square outside of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the city's oldest churches and one of the most visited in Rome. Visit the site of Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, which is located near the Tiber in an area surrounded by today's Via del Portico d'Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso, and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto. In Italian, the ghetto was called Serraglio delli Ebrei, which mean the enclosure of the Jews. See the Synagogue of Rome in what is today a charming area, known for its restaurants and some of the best food in Rome.

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What people are saying about Portico d'Ottavia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

As it turns out I was the only one on the tour that day but it worked out to my advantage as I had very in-depth experience. The guide was highly knowledgeable as well as funny and entertaining. I got to learn so much about the history of Rome and specifically the Jewish experience there which was very enlightening. Thank you for a great tour!

Fantastic experience, to be repeated. Thanks to the guide (unfortunately I don't remember the name :( (she was a girl from Ostia) who, very well prepared, took me through the suggestive neighborhood telling me about it in an exhaustive way.

Highly informative, relaxed pace, gregarious guide, fascinating part

Highly informative, relaxed pace, personable, gregarious guide, fascinating part of Rome off the beaten track!

Absolutely positive experience. Outstanding guide. Alessandro kind, good and competent. Recommended visit !!!

So thorough knowledgeable pleasant and interesting! Wonderful guide!!