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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: Campo de'Fiori & Ghetto Street Food Tour with Tastings

2. Rome: Campo de'Fiori & Ghetto Street Food Tour with Tastings

Join a guided tour in Rome designed especially for foodies. Wander past popular attractions as you seek out the foods loved by locals. Try a panini with porchetta, indulge in a deep-fried rice ball, and more as you explore the city with a licensed guide. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and set out to discover the city and taste typical Italian fare. See Piazza Del Fico and head to Campo de' Fiori which hosts a neighborhood market in the mornings. If you've joined a morning tour, enjoy the opportunity to sample local products, including cheese, truffles, olive oil, and vinegar. Then, continue your walking tour, stopping along the way to try some of the city's best foods. Savor a Suppli, a fried rice ball and Rome's favorite street food. You'll also get to try Roman-style pizza and Carciofi alla Romana along the way. Listen to interesting stories about the Eternal City as you walk, including the infamous murder of Julius Caesar. Walk through the Jewish Ghetto, see the Tempio Maggiore di Roma, the Turtle Fountain, and Largo di Torre Argentina. Follow your guide as you make your way towards the Pantheon, before heading to the nearby Piazza di Sant'Eustachio. Relish one final tasting here as you enjoy a traditional gelato, ending your guided foodie tour on a sweet note.

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: Private Highlights Tour by Golf Cart

4. Rome: Private Highlights Tour by Golf Cart

Discover Rome's historic center on this private tour aboard a convenient golf cart. See all of the best attractions the city has to offer and learn the unique history of the Eternal City. Listen to your guide's insightful commentary as you pass by iconic monuments, buildings, and squares. Start in the very center, at Piazza Mattei, and set off towards Piazza Navona, a baroque masterpiece. From there, zip through the quaint streets of the old city to reach the Castel of Saint Angelo and proceed further to the Vatican City. Ride back across the river and reach the main landmarks. See the Pantheon, an amazing temple dating back to the 2nd Century A.D. Admire the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Head toward the heart of the ancient city: the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, passing by the majestic Vittoriano. End the tour with an amazing view of the ruins on top of Palatine Hill and the Circus Maximus.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

5. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

Learn the history of Rome's Jewish community in the former Jewish Ghetto and discover the Trastevere district on a self guided audio tour. Start your self-guided experience walking through the quaint avenues of Trastevere. Admire the famous Basilica of Santa Maria. Continue on to the Jewish Ghetto, located near the Tiber River. Pass through the iconic Isola Tiberina and stroll down charming streets. See the Great Synagogue, the symbol of the emancipation of the Jewish community in Rome. Learn about the history of the Roman Jewish community during the Roman Republic. Use your smartphone to listen to audio commentary about the areas you're visiting. Enjoy an opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of one of the oldest communities in Europe.

Rome: Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

6. Rome: Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

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.

Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

7. Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

Freedom is the key! Our open-top panoramic buses allow you to enjoy a spectacular view of the most iconic monuments of the Eternal City. All you have to do is jump on board and relax, listen to the audio commentary and get on and off at any of the eight stops available along the route. The 8 stops are Termini Station, Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum Archaeological Area, Circus Maximus - Mouth of Truth, Piazza Venezia, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Castel Sant'Angelo, Spanish Steps, Piazza Barberini, and Trevi Fountain. The bus ticket included in the deal will be valid for 24 hours. The bus will make eight stops and will provide you with an onboard audio commentary in 13 languages. Discover the enchanting city of Rome with our authorized hop-on-hop-off route, approved by the Municipality of Rome to ensure the utmost decorum. Experience the convenience of our strategically located bus stops, all within a comfortable walking distance from the captivating monuments and iconic points of interest that make Rome truly unforgettable The combination with a guided walking tour of Rome's Ghetto makes it the ideal way to pass through much of the city centre in a day. A professional guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point, which will be located next to the indicated stop of our pink buses, to show you some stunning corners of the city. Tour of the Jewish Ghetto of Rome When you think of Rome's history and its great empire, you can't help but think that this wonderful city is the epitome of history itself. But Rome is great and generous even within itself. Of the old homes where thousands of Jews were isolated for centuries, almost nothing remains today. However, as you walk through the alleys of the ghetto, full of monuments, buildings, streets and in the eyes of some of the descendants of those who lived here in the past, you will find that inheritance still lives within them today. Visit one of Rome's most fascinating neighbourhoods with us and discover the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Walk with our guide through the alleys of the Ghetto and discover traces of Imperial Rome such as the Theatre of Marcellus or Portico of Octavia. We will retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city of Rome, from ancient to modern times, without ever forgetting the victims of the Holocaust, of which the "stumbling stones" (concrete cubes bearing a brass plate) fixed into the floor are a tangible testimony. You will also have the chance to discover the typical recipes of traditional Jewish-Roman cuisine, such as delicious artichokes “alla giudia”, or the tart with ricotta cheese and sour cherries. During this wonderful walk, you will admire the 19th-century synagogue and end your visit with the sound of the water of the Renaissance turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei.

Rome: Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

8. Rome: Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

ClueBreak is a big outdoor event that takes place centrally in your city and cities around the world. On your way around the inner city of Rome and you will visit many famous places like Piazza Navona, Curia di Pompeo, Fontana delle Tartarughe, Campidoglio and also see many famous places in city center along your way. First you download the app CLUEBREAK and with the code you receive by e-mail you will login and start your adventure. You will search for witnesses, find clues, test your knowledge and solve the murder mystery. One ticket is valid for 1-6 people. You will receive an exclusive code and further information that you need to log in to our app and start the game. In the app, you will find a map with marked places and witnesses. Visit the witnesses and answer the questions and riddles to get their testimonials. The testimonials are in the form of films and contain information that will allow you to eliminate suspects and weapons. In the end, you will hopefully have the right solution to the murder mystery! THE CASE The game takes place in a fictional small town called Glenndale. A man named Carl Brown has been found murdered in his own home. Why did someone want to kill Carl? Who had the motive and opportunity? Your task is to find out who the guilty one is and which murder weapon was used. This is our first case and more will come. We estimate that it takes at least 2h to complete the assignment. It usually takes a longer time as you may want to watch the testimonials an extra time, stop for a cup of coffee, or go into a place so that the whole team keeps up. It is not the fastest team that wins, but the team with the most points! Is this suitable for children? Absolutely, the activity is fun to do together as a family but is not designed for children to manage on their own. We recommend an age from 12 years old and up if there is no accompanying adult. But remember that it’s all about a murder and all about it. You will have a fun day together!

Rome: Historical Highlights Walking Tour in German language

9. Rome: Historical Highlights Walking Tour in German language

- First, you will learn about the Marc Aurel statue on Capitoline Hill and can enjoy the view over the Forum Romanum and Colosseum. Making your way along the scenic panorama street, the antique cattle market (Forum Boarium) is next, brought to life by stories about the Roman way of life back then. - Past the Marcellus Theatre, we will then explore the "Jewish Ghetto", where you will be shown romantic little spots such as the turtle fountain. - To properly dive into history, you will then visit the spot where Julius Caeser was infamously murdered along with the Largo Argentina and its antique temples. - The walk ends in Campo de´ Fiori, a perfect spot to enjoy some food, shopping or drinks after the end of your tour.

Private Guided Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome

10. Private Guided Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome

Rome’s Jewish Quarter is one of the oldest ghettos in the world. You can now discover its best-kept secrets on a private walking tour with an Expert Guide. Discover Jewish heritage sites and historic synagogues in the heart of Rome’s Old Town. Hear the story of Jews in Italy, from the pre-Christian Roman period, through persecution, expulsions and the Holocaust to the present day. Choose the 2-hour option to see the highlights of Rome’s former Jewish Ghetto. On this walking tour you will follow the path of Jewish people who migrated to Rome during the period of the Roman Empire. You will learn about the Jewish-Roman wars, the dispersal from Judea, and the persecutions and expulsions during the rise of Christianity. The guide will also tell you about the Holocaust and how it affected the local Jewish community in modern times. The Jewish Quarter is hidden between Tiber river and Venezia square, in the heart of ancient Rome. You will pass the monumental Altar of the Fatherland and Teatro Marcello to find the small Church of San Gregorio della Divina Pietà where Jews had to take part in “forced sermons” in an attempt to convert them to Christianity. Nearby is the imposing Tempio Maggiore (Great Synagogue), which was built after the ghetto was liquidated, and the Portico of Octavia, an ancient walkway originally built in the 2nd century B.C. Walk past Tempietto del Carmelo to the Mattei Square to learn about the family who owned the keys to the ghetto and see the famous Turtle Fountain. The tour will end in the lively medieval market square Campo di Fiori.

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4.7 / 5

based on 121 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).

What a great way to learn the history of the Jewish people in Rome! Brian was a great guide. We learned a lot of information about the ghetto that we did not previously know. We really enjoyed the small group and time with Brian. The gelato was a nice bonus :) My only advice is if you would like to see the temple post tour, book a tour after Shabbat. Friday afternoon was our only free time. I knew this when going, but the others on our tour didn’t realize.

James was an incredible, knowledgeable guide who spoke about the history of the neighborhood with empathy. He also gave us incredible advice on where to eat for the rest of our stay in Rome.

Our guide Brian was very interesting and full of knowledge, we enjoyed the tour

Knowledgeable. Full of stories that brought ancient times to life