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Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

1. Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Try out authentic delicacies as you immerse yourself in the local culture of Rome on a walking tour. Taste unmissable Roman foods such as pizza from a family-run establishment, Supplì (fried mozzarella rice balls), and typical seasonal dishes from Rome’s Jewish Quarter. Meet in Piazza del Biscione before whetting your appetite at a local charcuterie at your first stop. Sample some typical Italian cured meats and some local wine there. Then head off to try Rome's well-known tasty street food, Supplì. Your guide will fill you in on these rice delicacies' 19th-century beginnings and how they earned their name. Next, taste some classic Roman pizza and Menabrea beer at Roscioli, an establishment run by the founder’s grandchildren. After this, you’ll be heading to the Roman Ghetto, Rome’s old Jewish Quarter. Here, sample traditional zucchini flower fritters or carciofi alla giudìa (deep-fried artichokes), depending on what is in season at the time. Finish up the tour with a delicious artisanal gelato at Punto Gelato near Largo di Torre Argentina, the site of four ancient Roman Temples and Pompey’s Theater. Savor the unique northern Italian flavors at a gelateria that featured in Gambero Rosso’s Top 10 list of the best gelato in Rome.  Choose from either a private experience just for your group or a small-group experience. Benefit from personalized insider tips about what to do next in Rome city center after the tour has finished.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Tour

Embark on a unique walking tour through the former Jewish ghetto of Rome which was established in 1555 on the banks of the Tiber River. Learn about how the ghetto was essentially a prison-neighborhood within Rome, surrounded by fences and gates. As you stroll through the streets, discover how it was considered unacceptable for Jews to live together with Christians, Pope Paul IV Carafa promulgated a series of restrictions on the Jewish community such as would marginalize it for centuries. See how the former ghetto quarter represents the uninterrupted relationship between Jews and the city of Rome, the Jewish community chose it to be the home of its Great Synagogue which was inaugurated in 1904. The Synagogue is a symbol of the emancipation achieved by Roman Jews after the abolition of the ghetto.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

4. Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

Learn about Jewish life in Rome on a private walking tour that uncovers a more hidden side to the “Eternal City,” and explore the area the Romans referred to as the Jewish Ghetto. Focused on the picturesque Trastevere and Isola Tiberina, the tour also takes in the medieval Campo de' Fiori, one of the oldest markets in the world. Meet at the archaeological site of the Largo di Torre Argentina, site of an enormous religious center of the Roman Empire, where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death, and Pompey's theater was located. Your guide will bring to life Caesar’s theatrical death, before taking you down the medieval alleways that lead to the open air market of the Campo de’ Fiori. Marvel at the beauty of the Renaissance Palazzo Farnese. Then, cross the River Tiber to Trastevere, and get lost in a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets. From the Roman Republic to the end of the Middle Ages, Trastevere was the center of the Jewish community in Rome. Your guide will tell fascinating stories about a peaceful neighborhood that becomes the center of Roman nightlife in the evening. See some of Rome’s oldest churches, including the Basilica di Santa Maria with its golden mosaics. Cross the Tiber again to Isola Tiberina, and learn some of the secrets of Rome's origins. Take a short detour to the open-air theater of the Teatro Marcello, and see what remains of the walls of the ancient temples of the Portico d'Ottavia. Once in the Jewish Ghetto, your guide will show you the modest squares and small alleyways that define the area. A hidden treasure today, it was once home to a walled community that lived under unjust conditions in tremendous poverty. See the Great Synagogue of Rome at the heart of the Ghetto. Although the tour only visits the Synagogue from the outside, it’s easily accessible if you wish to go inside after your tour. End in time for lunch in an area of exceptional restaurants. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations of venues that serve superb Roman-Jewish kosher food before departing.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

5. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of one of Rome’s most well-kept secrets, the neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your friendly and professional tour guide at the steps of the Campidoglio in the center of Rome and begin your journey into the history of one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. Explore architecture and neighborhoods from 2000 years ago. Pass by the Theater of Marcellus, and the Portico d’Ottavia to see some of the ancient structures still being used today. Your guide will take you to a Gelateria where you will be treated to homemade Kosher gelato. From here you will go to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Then pass by the last remaining piece of the wall that kept the Jewish community in this area for centuries. You will learn about the tumultuous past and resilience of Rome’s Jews as you pass the Great Synagogue. Next, cross the oldest functioning bridge in Rome as you go onto Tiber Island. Listen to the stories about the hospital saving people during WWII as well as the story of Asclepius at the temple, now a church. Your guide will bring history to life for you as you conclude your tour here on the island.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

6. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover Rome's Jewish ghetto or Roman 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. Your 3-hour Rome Trastevere Walking Tour will start in this quarter before taking you over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times and charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. These 2 areas are often overlooked by tourists but this intimate walking tour of these magnificent neighborhoods will take you to its top landmarks. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all of the monuments and landmarks, as well as get a great feeling for this Bohemian area of Rome. This Rome Trastevere walking tour will start in the Jewish ghetto, where you will learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome, which is still much visible today. Led by an experienced guide, see Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants and, when possible, even take you to 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. Your guide will then take you across the river Tiber to Trastevere, which was once home to the wealthy Etruscans. Here, you will visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Francesco a Ripa and the Ponte Rotto, which is the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome. 

Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

7. Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

Explore the fascinating former Jewish Ghetto and picturesque Trastevere neighborhood of Rome on a private 3-hour tour, limited to 6 participants. Located next to the River Tiber, Rome’s Jewish neighborhood is the oldest in the western world. Rich in architecture and history, your walk follows in the footsteps of Roman citizens, starting at the archaeological site of Largo Argentina. Gaze at the foundations of the Theater of Pompeii, where Caesar was stabbed to death. Cross the Ponte Sisto to the Trastevere neighborhood, known for its narrow, cobblestone streets and cosmopolitan nightlife. In the days of the Roman Republic, it was the heart of Jewish life in Rome. Next, go to Isola Tiberina in the middle of the River Tiber, and learn how this was the site of the Jewish Ghetto in Ancient Rome. Your guide will take you to the open-air Teatro Marcello, built towards the end of the Roman Republic. Marvel at the Portico d’Ottavia, which once enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue of Rome, still at the heart of Jewish life in Rome.

3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

8. 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.

Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

9. Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

Enjoy a completely private and premium tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome. Wander the quaint cobbled streets at your own pace, ask burning questions, and learn the history, food, and beauty of the area. Discover an ancient community rich with culture and strength. Walk through the enchanting neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your private guide in the heart of Rome at the bottom of the Campidoglio steps. Find ancient structures still very much in use at the Theater of Marcellus and the Portico d'Ottavia. Admire the brilliant mix of ancient and modernism in the quarter. Walk the central street lined with restaurants, bakeries, and shops, and pick a spot to come back and try some Kosher Italian food on your own later. Try some handmade Kosher gelato, treat of your guide, before continuing the tour. Next, head to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Hear the spectacular tale of its single-day construction. Wander the cobbled streets that lead to the Great Synagogue and pass by the magnificent structure that celebrates the Jews in Rome and learn its important history. Cross the oldest bridge in Rome and arrive onto Tiber Island and learn of the Greek god Asclepius who came to Rome and landed on the island. Ask your guide for tips and suggestions for food and lifestyle in the Eternal City, and venture out on your own.

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What people are saying about Great Synagogue of Rome

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,377 reviews

Great way to taste food and drinks while learning a bit more about the culture, history and stories of Rome from an experienced local guide. Elisabeth Pettinari, our guide, was absolutely amazing by accommodating a bit of a last minute request as it was my wife birthday! Prosecco went down nicely with a "thchim thchim"!

We did this tour on the first day and that way you get to know a lot about the city right away. Our tour guide was Elisabeth and she did such a good job, she knew everything about the city and its history. Highly recommended and especially if she can show you around

So glad we chose this tour! Our tour guide Natasha was very knowledgeable and super friendly and the food we sampled was amazing. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Rome, the information passed on definitely helped make our trip even better.

Natascha led the tour very well, had an open ear for all participants and informed a lot about history, the country and its people. With her again and again.

Great tour guide, very informative and entertaining. Food was delicious and stops were at places we would not have found on our own.