Rome Jewish District Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    2:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Piazza del Campidoglio, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Tiber Island, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Small Group walking tour, 2 hours long. All the essential Jewish district! If visiting Rome for you is a little more than just admiring the monuments, or you would like to know more about past and present history avoiding the beaten track, you'll love to travel in time and cultures not moving from one neighborhood, while learning about our multicultural city. The Jewish district tour is a tour you cannot miss. For approximately 2 hours, you can learn from your art historian guide about the rich history of the Jewish culture in Italy while walking through what was once a restrictive environment.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Led by an art historian
  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Itinerary
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Pass By: Isola tiberina, Rome, Lazio

The Jewish community was among the first settlers in Rome almost 2000 years ago in the heart of the city. The community lived in harmony with the rest of the population and enjoyed considerable freedom an example of religious tolerance that unfortunately was not later extended to any of the reformed Christian creeds. Roman Jews by contrast, were forced to live enclosed in the ghetto between the 1500s and 1800s, had an imposed curfew, and several other restrictions. The sad, crumbling remains of this walled district known as "Ghetto," was torn down only in the 19th century.

Stop At: Ghetto Ebraico, Rome, Lazio

The Jewish community was among the first settlers in Rome almost 2000 years ago in the heart of the city. The community lived in harmony with the rest of the population and enjoyed considerable freedom an example of religious tolerance that unfortunately was not later extended to any of the reformed Christian creeds. Roman Jews by contrast, were forced to live enclosed in the ghetto between the 1500s and 1800s, had an imposed curfew, and several other restrictions. The sad, crumbling remains of this walled district known as "Ghetto," was torn down only in the 19th century.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Via Portico d'Ottavia, Rome, Lazio

This tour will guide you through one of the most interesting parts of the city, and you will visit the remains of the Porch of Octavia, an imposing structure built by the emperor Augustus for his sister and where, in the middle ages, the most important fish market of the city was located. In this market, Jewish women used to collect the market waste in order to cook their famous fish broth. We will travel from the Roman age through the Middle ages and the Renaissance when important Roman families settled there and built their noble palaces. On the inscriptions all over this area, you can read about the horrible events that occurred during the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1943-44. This tour will give you a chance to walk through fascinating buildings and revive tragic but important memories of the past. Youll appreciate the vivid atmosphere of the neighborhood today, where you can still have a glimpse of the past, tasting some of the delicatessen, typical Jewish pastry, or the famous fried artichokes.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Teatro di marcello, Rome, Lazio

Visit the stronghold of Roman popular custom and tradition, forget about the hectic life of the rest of the city, and get a glimpse of a real Roman neighborhood. Enjoy the atmosphere of this authentic neighborhood the core and heart of the rione(quarter), and a delightful meeting place for all and sundry, for gossip, and an aperitif. Experience the sparkling atmosphere of the big and small squares, corners and alleys, and learn about the legend of the mineral oil that sprang out from the ground.
You will admire ancient churches, aristocratic palaces and their beautiful decorations, old hidden workshops and picturesque corners. Youll admire Middle age towers and Renaissance baronial family palaces, papal memories and all this in a relaxing walk. This tour will let you feel like a real Roman and will add so greatly to the full enjoyment of an authentic Roman holiday.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions

Local guide

Professional art historian guide

Exclusions

Food tasting (not included in the cost of the tour)

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Dress code is smart casual

Please check the meeting point with your guide on your voucher. Meet the guide at meeting point 10 minutes prior to to tour departure time you selected

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Jun-2020

    Coinvolgente, dettagliato, affascinante ed allo stesso tempo profondo. Francesca è una guida molto brava che ti fa entrare nella storia che spiega e racconta. È naturale rimanere attenti e seguire lo svolgimento del tour

  • 17-Feb-2020

    Our tour was exceptional. Francesca was an ideal guide--thoughtful, very well informed, and responsive to our many questions.

  • 16-Nov-2019

    Yael showed us around. She works in the Jewish Community and knows everybody. Detailed interesting explanation about the Jews in Rome over the centuries backed by great illustrations putting modern landmarks into their historical detail. Walked us around a small Jewish museum explain in detail about the exhibits. Really great tour

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Francesca organized a great tour of Rome from a Jewish perspective. Starting with a look at the arch of Titus and ending at the Roman synagogue, the tour covers nearly 2000 years of history from ancient Rome to WWII, with landmarks adding important context. We were also the only people who booked the tour at the time, so there was plenty of personal attention and opportunity to ask questions. Francesca was also very knowledgable about the subject matter.

  • 17-Jun-2019

    Francesca organized a great tour of Rome from a Jewish perspective. Starting with a look at the arch of Titus and ending at the Roman synagogue, the tour covers nearly 2000 years of history from ancient Rome to WWII, with landmarks adding important context. We were also the only people who booked the tour at the time, so there was plenty of personal attention and opportunity to ask questions. Francesca was also very knowledgable about the subject matter.

  • 10-Oct-2018

    Francesca was an educated delight! Her English and command of the history of the Jewish Quarter made our experience top-notch. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer and her warm personality didn't hurt either!

  • 17-Jul-2018

    We ended up being the only ones who signed up for this tour so, it was great to have such amazing brillant lovely tour guide. She fed us so much information, she was so knowlegeable, she is Professor at one of the local Universities in Italy.

  • 16-Jul-2018

    We ended up being the only ones who signed up for this tour so, it was great to have such amazing brillant lovely tour guide. She fed us so much information, she was so knowlegeable, she is Professor at one of the local Universities in Italy.

  • 16-Jul-2018

    We booked this tour last minute after stumbling across the Jewish Ghetto area of Rome while walking around. The history behind the Jewish ghetto is very sad, but intriguing. I cannot give enough positive feedback to our tour guide, Marta. She was amazing! Very friendly and very knowledgeable! We absolutely LOVED this tour!

  • 03-May-2016

    This was an excellent tour. Francesca from Joy of Rome was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and communicated information very well. We learned quite a lot about this area of Rome and its relevance to early roman history. I very highly recommend this tour.

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