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San Francesco a Ripa

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Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

1. 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: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

2. Rome: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Get a little closer to the history, legends, and folklore of Tiber Island and one of Rome's most significant neighborhoods, Trastevere. Follow your guide through the hidden squares, gems, and monuments while learning about the sacred stories and legends of Romans passed. Meet your guide at Fabrico Bridge and begin the walk to the only island in the Eternal city. Cross over the oldest Roman bridge still in use that connects the left bank of Tiber River with the island. Travel back in time and retrace the steps of the Greeks and Romans. Once on the island, learn of how it was originally formed by volcanic rock and river sediment that accumulated over many millennia. Admire the island's ship-like shape and discover the stories about the smallest inhabited island in the world. Continue on to Rome's prettiest neighborhood, Trastevere. As you walk, come across the Basilica of San Crisogono, one of the oldest Roman Basilicas. Take the time to admire it without the presence of many tourists and prepare to be enchanted by the frescoes. Once at the Piazza di Santa Maria, discover the first official place of Christian worship in Rome and the beautiful Basilica with artistic treasures and masterpieces to explore. Wander the crooked streets and romantic alleys and reach the Piazza San Cosimato. Admire its homonymous church dating back to the 10th century from the outside and reach the Baroque Church of San Francesco a Ripa. Finish the tour passing by the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and head back to Tiber Island.

Rome: Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto

3. Rome: Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto

Meet your guide in Piazza Trilussa, the heart of Roman nightlife, and enter Rome's oldest district. Stroll through the alleys that characterize this part of the city and admire historic places of worship such as Santa Maria in Trastevere, San Francesco a Ripa and Santa Cecilia. Then cross Isola Tiberina, the only island within a city, to reach the historic district known as the "Jewish ghetto". Discover the majestic Synagogue and the famous Portico d'Ottavia, symbols of the area. End the tour in the square that houses the beautiful Fountana delle Tartarughe.

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What people are saying about San Francesco a Ripa

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Our guide Doni was both informative and enthusiastic, bringing to life the areas and sights we came across on the tour, greatly improving our experience and creating lasting memories over and beyond what my partner and I could've ever done on our own. He had an eye for detail, an undoubted passion for his subjects and combined it with great incisive knowledge and energy to leave us wanting more by the end. We almost felt that we'd been transported via a time machine to times past. Thoroughly recommend to all.

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...

Great tour with our very nice and very competent guide! Very interesting, very varied! Everything is fine and highly recommended.

Guide (Donnie sp?) was most passionate and very knowledgeable and made the streets come alive

Very interesting and recommended. Veronika was great and explained everything very well.