Piazza Mattei

Piazza Mattei: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: City Highlights Segway Tour

3. Rome: City Highlights Segway Tour

Set off to see the most iconic sights of Rome in a unique and informative way on this guided Segway tour. Learn about the history of the city as you uncover hidden parts of the city and see top attractions like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.  Start your tour with a brief training session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your Segway. Visit Rome's most important landmarks in leisurely way on easy-to-navigate paths. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, cruise up Capitoline Hill, and admire the elegance of the Spanish Steps. Choose from different tour option to go on routes that cover different sites. Pick a longer tour to see more sights. See the most important sites in a fun and environmentally-friendly way. Your guide will also tell you personal stories and experiences about local life in the city.

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: Ghosts and Mysteries Guided Walking Tour

5. Rome: Ghosts and Mysteries Guided Walking Tour

Follow your guide as you explore Rome and learn about the dark secrets buried beneath the city's ancient ruins and churches. Your ghoulish sightseeing tour begins at Castel Sant'Angelo. Initially commissioned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, this impressive structure later served as a prison. From here, your tour takes you along Via del Governo Vecchio to Piazza Pasquino. See the battered Hellenistic-style statue believed to date back as far as the third century BC before heading to your next stop, Piazza Navona. Visit one of the most animated squares in Rome, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian. See the Pantheon, a masterpiece of Roman engineering and one of the best-preserved temples of ancient Rome. Continue to explore the most picturesque part of Rome as you head to the nearby Piazza della Minerva. Admire the Elephant and Obelisk at the center of the Piazza. This statue was designed by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini and unveiled in 1667. Next, visit Largo di Torre Argentina. See what remains of the Theatre and Curia of Pompey and hear the powerful story of power struggles and treachery as you learn about the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Your sightseeing tour comes to a close at Piazza Mattei, a beautiful little square that takes its name from the palace of Giacomo Mattei that overlooks it.

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

6. Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Walking Tour

Your guided tour will start in Rome's Jewish 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. Learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome. Led by an experienced guide, visit Jewish-owned businesses, explore kosher restaurants and see 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. Next, head over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, and walk over the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in Rome. These two areas are often overlooked by tourists but they have plenty to offer. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to get a feel for this Bohemian area of Rome.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

7. 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: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

8. Rome: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Rome on a Segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide for a short orientation session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your personal transporter before heading off. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the city's popular avenues and parks. On this tour you will glide past famous sites like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Rome, and tells you about the sites you head past.

Rome: Private Food Tour

9. Rome: Private Food Tour

Italian food is revered the world over, so what better to way to explore Rome than to sample some local cuisine on a private 3-hour food tour of the city. Embark on a journey of the taste buds as your private guide talks you through the history behind each delicacy and explains why the food in Rome is unique to the region. The tour begins in Piazza Mattei where you will start your foodie adventure with a classic Italian antipasto and red wine. In Rome's Jewish Quarter, you’ll take a step back in time to learn about the history of the area before sampling some customary Italian dishes influenced by the Jewish community in Italy. Specialties include fried artichokes and Fior di zucca (fried zucchini blossoms) – delizioso! The tour would not be complete without a taste of Italy’s finest pizza and pasta creations, so make sure you try a few varieties made "alla Romana" to take home some delicious memories of your trip. Enjoy the scenery as you wander to an authentic Italian restaurant near the Pantheon that has been serving up mouthwatering meals for three generations . If you still have room left at the end, you’ll finish the tour with a classic Italian gelato – just like a local!

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Private Walking Tour

10. Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto: Private Walking Tour

Join a 3-hour walking tour to discover Rome's former Jewish ghetto and the historic Trastevere neighborhood, two areas that are often overlooked by tourists. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all their main monuments and landmarks and to get a feel for each neighbourhood's distinctive vibe. First, discover Rome's Jewish 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. Led by an experienced guide, you'll see Jewish-owned businesses, and pass by kosher restaurants. 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. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times, filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. 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. 

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What people are saying about Piazza Mattei

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 178 reviews

This was a fabulous tour. Most food tours have you standing up and eating a small portion as you go. Not this one! We sat down at multiple places and even when we stood, it was for short periods of time and the food was worth it! Hilaria was our guide and she had so much knowledge! So not only did we eat, we learned so much! I would highly recommend this tour and especially Hilaria!

Brian tied the history of Jews in Rome with the history of the beginnings of Rome and gave us an experience we never would have gotten by just walking through the streets of the ghetto. So glad my daughter thought to find this tour.

Excellent tour and highly recommended- Brian was so knowledgeable and able to impart information on such an important area. Evocative and worthwhile and so interesting- so glad we did this whilst visiting Rome.

This was a great experience and we highly recommend you do it. Very interesting and great fun. There is a lot of food so go hungry. Also the food was amazing. Be aware there is plenty of walking.

James hat uns sehr lebendig in die Geschichte mitgenommen. Die kleine Gruppe war sehr nett. Auf Fragen wurde immer eingegangen.