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Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

1. 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 Trajan's Column 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: Jewish Ghetto & Campo de Fiori by Night Food Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto & Campo de Fiori by Night Food Tour

Enjoy an intimate food and culture tour of Rome in the evening, and see the major sights of the “Eternal City” as you feast on homemade pasta, pastries, and more. Meet your guide on Piazza Mattei in the Jewish Ghetto, and stroll off to discover ancient squares that hum with restaurants and market life.  See baroque fountains and statues that strike poses before imposing architecture. Stop at 7 different tasting venues en route, including restaurants, delicatessens, and other notable sites. Go to Piazza Navona, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian and site of a city market in the late 15th century. See some of Rome’s finest baroque architecture, and Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). Visit the site of a medieval market at Campo de’ Fiori and admire the local atmosphere. Learn about the death of Julius Caesar at Pompey Theatre, and pass some of the most significant remains of Ancient Rome, including the Theatre of Marcellus, the Temple of Apollo, and the Portico of Octavia. Fine wine and local fare take center stage throughout, with tastings at venues loved by the locals. Discover sites the guidebooks don’t mention, and listen to stories of local lore. Meet people who take great pride in the quality of their products, whether it’s pizza, pasta, or fresh vegetables prepared as they have been for generations.

Rome:Golf Cart Tour Private with local guide and Wine ★★★★★

3. Rome:Golf Cart Tour Private with local guide and Wine ★★★★★

VISIT ROME BY GOLF CART WITH LOCAL GUIDE ----- LET YOURSELF BE TRANSPORTED TO THE ETERNAL CITY ABOARD OUR GOLF CAR TOURS 3h - 15miles - 15 stops route: trevi fountain keyhole colosseum (outside) navona square sant’ignazio church portico d’ottavia marcelus theater arch of costantine circus maximus roman forums square column orange garden mouth of true campidoglio square insula ara coeli pantheon Then fasten your seat belts and come with us! Rome is a fantastic city, rich in history, culture and tradition. Its architecture is envied by the whole world and thousands of tourists walk the streets of the capital every day. The time to admire it is never enough and the distances are sometimes great ... ----- WE HAVE THE SOLUTION ----- Our extraordinary tour is designed to entertain young and old. The long hours of walking are replaced by a few minutes of travel, during which the professional guides can't wait to tell you stories of epic battles, writers and poets of our city in one comfortable journey. We will take you to discover the best destinations and we will stop to take your souvenir photos and tell you some curiosities. CUSTOMIZABLE TOUR The tour is exclusively private; The tour is narrated; The tour stops at the sites, customers and guide disembark from the vehicle, enjoying commentary and taking souvenir photos

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

4. 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 Ghetto Walking Tour

5. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Explore the Trastevere neighborhood and Rome's Jewish ghetto on a walking tour. Experience the medieval Trastevere neighborhood and learn about the history of Rome's Jews. Start your tour in Trastevere, once home to wealthy Etruscans. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and San Francesco a Ripa. Continue to the Jewish ghetto to learn about the Jewish history of Rome. See the former walled quarter, walk past Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants, and listen to stories about the Synagogue of Rome.  See the Porticus Octavia, one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which stands right in the middle of Piazza Mattei, and also visit the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome.

Rome: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Roman Squares Guided Tour

6. Rome: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Roman Squares Guided Tour

Stroll through the heart of Rome on a guided walking tour and discover some of the most iconic sights of Rome. Visit Navona Square, 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. Discover the church of San Luigi dei Francesi that houses the world-renowned cycle of paintings by Caravaggio. See the Pantheon, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. Throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, surely one of the icons of Rome. See the Spanish Square with the Bernini’s fountain La Barcaccia and the magnificent and celebrated Spanish Steps that lead up to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Off the Piazza, there are boutiques of the most famous high fashion brands.   

Rome In A Day Full-Day Tour by Electric-Assist Bike

7. Rome In A Day Full-Day Tour by Electric-Assist Bike

Explore the beauty of the “Eternal City” on a full-day bike tour, either on a quality trekking bike or an electrically assisted bicycle - that makes climbing Roman hills effortless. Meet your guide close to the Colosseum for an impressive view of the mighty arena of the Roman Republic. Then, continue to the Imperial Forum to see the temples dedicated to the gods of Ancient Rome. Cycle down small alleys, admiring Renaissance and Baroque palaces and churches along the way. Your local guide will lead you to some of Rome’s hidden and most famous squares and fountains, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Piazza del Popolo. Learn some of Rome’s 2,000-year history as you pedal, pausing at sites such as the Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Venezia, and Villa Borghese. Take a break for a typical Italian lunch in an authentic trattoria, along with short breaks for a historical explanation, and possibilities to take pictures. After a ride in the quaint Trastevere, pedal up Capitoline Hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Roman Forum and to experience one of the legendary Seven Hills of Rome. Admire Michelangelo’s urban planning on the main square of the Capitoline, and bike to the Vatican City for a view of St. Peter’s Basilica and Bernini’s graceful colonnades.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

8. Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

Explore the fascinating former Jewish Ghetto and picturesque Trastevere neighborhood of Rome on a 2 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, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Embark on your journey through this incredible neighborhood rich in culture and history, and explore the Basilica of Santa Maria. 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. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

9. 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, you'll be sure to enjoy this vibrant neighborhood so rich in culture. 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, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Continue through 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 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. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

10. 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

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based on 281 reviews

This tour was absolutely fabulous! Our guide was an incredible story teller- he was so engaging and went way beyond general history of the Jewish people in Rome to tell personal stories both Jews and Romans who helped save lives during WWII. A wonderful tour and super nice, informative tour guide! My wife and I also enjoyed visiting the Great Synagogue of Rome after the tour to round out the experience (about 11 euros/per person to see the museum and a brief guided tour).

It was our first guided tour on the first day in Rome. Veronica showed us what is essential and what is hidden in both quarters. Very impressive: Chiesa St. Maria Trastevere. In between there was also a snack...

Amazing. One of the best things we did in Rome. Delicious food, good company and a terrific guide.

Very competent guide and very interesting itinerary with even a little extra on the Tiber island

Excellent tour. The friendly and super-prepared Letizia guide!!