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

    1. 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 an espre...

  • Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

    2. 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.

    As it turns out I was the only one on the tour that day but it worked out to my advantage as I had very in-depth experience. The guide was highly knowledgeable as well as funny and entertaining. I got to learn so much about the history of Rome and specifically the Jewish experience there which was very enlightening. Thank you for a great tour!

  • Rome: Historic Center Food Tour

    3. Rome: Historic Center Food Tour

    Join a small group or a private tour to enjoy a culinary journey through the historic center of Rome, starting with a traditional Italian espresso or cappuccino and a cornetto or other traditional sweet breakfast option, while learning about The history of Italian coffee. Walk the busy streets of Rome discovering its food culture and taking a peek in a number of traditional food shops. Slowly work your way through bakeries and delis to sample famous cheese, pizza al taglio, and fresh produce. Explore Campo de' Fiori, the site of one of the most ancient markets of Rome with your local guide. Continue your food adventure on locally run food avenues near the ancient Field of Mars, tasting gelato, patisserie, bread, cold-cut pizza, and cheese. Follow your guide to the Jewish Ghetto to learn about the famous Roman-Jewish cuisine. Make a stop in the Jewish Ghetto to fully appreciate this cen...

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

    4. 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 ...

    Great stops, got to try a wide variety of foods from high quality places that I would have had trouble finding on my own. Cool breaks to learn some history as well.

  • Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

    5. 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...

  • 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 b...

  • Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

    7. 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,...

  • Rome Jewish Ghetto Art and Treasure Hunt Guided Tour

    8. Rome Jewish Ghetto Art and Treasure Hunt Guided Tour

    On this 2-hour Jewish Ghetto Art and Treasure Hunt you’ll take a journey to the heart of ancient and medieval Rome. Start your hunt at Piazza Mattei, where you’ll see its graceful turtles, witnesses of a romantic love story. From here you’ll head along narrow alleyways leading to the Portico of Ottavia, where you’ll be enticed by the aromas of kosher food. During your walk along Via del Portico di Ottavia you’ll encounter a lizard and a frog. These animals, seemingly insignificant, are in fact the way 2 enslaved architects found to sign their own work. Finally, you’ll walk along the Tiber River, where the ancient Roman legend of Asclepius and the snake will reveal the reason why the Tiber Island has its unique shape. Watch the clues closely, find your orientation, follow the tracked indicators on the map in your book, and search carefully around you.

  • Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

    9. 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 R...

  • 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 Etru...

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What people are saying about Portico d'Ottavia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 160 reviews

As it turns out I was the only one on the tour that day but it worked out to my advantage as I had very in-depth experience. The guide was highly knowledgeable as well as funny and entertaining. I got to learn so much about the history of Rome and specifically the Jewish experience there which was very enlightening. Thank you for a great tour!

Fantastic experience, to be repeated. Thanks to the guide (unfortunately I don't remember the name :( (she was a girl from Ostia) who, very well prepared, took me through the suggestive neighborhood telling me about it in an exhaustive way.

Absolutely positive experience. Outstanding guide. Alessandro kind, good and competent. Recommended visit !!!

It was very informative and entertaining. Very nice and competent guide.

So thorough knowledgeable pleasant and interesting! Wonderful guide!!