The Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere in Rome
Jewish Ghetto -- Piazza Mattei; Portico d’Ottavia; The Great Synagogue; Tiber Island; Trastevere -- Santa Cecilia; Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: The news-stand opposite #14 Largo Arenula, just off of Largo Argentina (the sunken archaeological site at intersection of Corso Vittorio and Via Arenula).
Starting time: TBA
This is a walking tour.
The tour does not include Entrance Fees. You will need to pay €11 in entrance fees for all sites visited on this tour.
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A three hour in-depth look at two of the most ancient and intriguing Jewish quarters in Rome: the Ghetto, including visits to the Synagogue and Museum, and the neighboring Trastevere.
On this walk we will visit two of Rome’s most charming neighborhoods,
the Ghetto and Trastevere. Both authentic Jewish neighborhoods, their
environs characterize the realm of cultures outside of the
power-wielding Roman majority. While traversing these ancient Roman
districts we investigate the history and traditions of the Jewish
community in Rome, firstly at the Ghetto, the oldest in Europe, admiring
its attractive shops, cafes, crafts stores, kosher restaurants and
Jewish-owned businesses, and then in Trastevere, exploring its
distinctive urban spaces and assortment of ancient, medieval and
Within the Jewish Ghetto we will visit prominent sites such as Portico d’Ottavia, Piazza Mattei and Piazza delle Cinque Scuole, and spend a significant amount of time exploring of the Great Synagogue and its museum, which will give us a significant insight into the history of Jewish Rome.
While crossing the Tiber River we will spend a moment on its famous island, which, according to some, is the place where urban activity first began in Rome. Here we discus the river and various noteworthy monuments in its vicinity including the Ponte Fabricio, the remains of the Ponte Rotto and the travertine “prow of Aeneas’ ship” embedded into the island.
Continuing on into Trastevere, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in Rome, we continue to explore the Jewish residential district, passing by some of the most historic churches of the city, including Santa Cecilia, built on the ruins of an ancient (2nd century) Roman house, and Santa Maria in Trastevere, a titular church and one of the oldest Christian sites in the world. If time allows, and interest among the group affords, we may visit one of these spaces to see a little of Rome’s epochal art and architecture.
This itinerary will also address the idea of pluralism in Roman society and how a minority, or outsider group like the Jewish community, as throughout history, left its mark on the city. In addition to the landmarks and major monuments, we will also spend time traversing back alleys and side streets in order to get a taste of the most beautiful and un-visited parts of Rome.