Walking Tours of Rome: there have been Jews in Rome for over 2,150 years and the ghetto today has been in existence since 1555.
20 participants maximum
Walking Tours of Rome
Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome.
Learn about Rome’s Jewish community and how it has overcome prejudice and poverty. Across the river from the synagogue, you’ll feel very much at home in medieval Trastevere, the village of Rome, once your tour has concluded.
The Jewish community in Rome has endured the best part of 22 centuries in the same area beside the River Tiber. You will be proffered an overview of the ghetto we see today, and a history of Jews in Rome after tasting kosher foods from a typical bakery beside the ruined Portico d’Ottavia. Our Jewish Ghetto tour Rome is as thorough as it is respectful.
This tour of Jewish history in Rome centres upon the Jewish Ghetto, while ancient Roman monuments proffer a consistent backdrop in order to form a clear picture of Jewish life here throughout the centuries. The tour sets off from Largo Argentina and the Republican temples there, where we conjoin their fascinating history with that of the Maccabees - Jewish brothers in Israel who were fighting Hellenization of their communities.
From Jews in ancient Rome we move on to Roman Jews in the Middle Ages. Ample documentation of how men treated men during this wild and often brutal period still exists. Men such as Cola di Rieti, the Cenci and Santacroce families, were all too often involved in savage, random acts of violence. We discuss and debate the social factors which contributed to how the earliest ghetto was maintained, as well as it’s history, boundaries, and daily life therein. We visit the buildings where Jewish families reside today, and bear witness to physical evidence of their deportation to Auschwitz in 1943.
We stop at the most popular Jewish bakery in the ghetto and sample "Torta di Ricotta", biscottini, or Pizza Ebraica. The tour concludes outside the Great Synagogue and modern Jewish Ghetto - new structures which were built in the early 1900’s following the Unification of Italy.
• Tour runs daily excluding Sundays.
• Tour does not run on public holidays.
• Minimum two (2) persons.
• Exertion level: moderate.
• ** Moderate paced walking required.
• NOT wheelchair accessible.
No hidden costs, English speaking guide, personalized assistance.
The tour includes:
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Tour meeting point
Largo di Torre Argentina, 52, 00186 Roma, Italia
10:00 AM in front of Teatro Argentina