Ancient and medieval Rome
The Rome Jewish Community is the oldest in the western world: it dates back to the 2nd century B. C. . At the foot of the Capitol hill was created the Ghetto, where between 1555 and 1870 Jewish people were forced to live. Shortly after Rome became the Capital of Italy, the old ghetto was dismantled and the Jewish people were granted citizenship. Between 1901 and 1904 a monumental temple, the Great Synagogue, was built to celebrate the event, and it is still the main Jewish temple in Rome. The district is a landmark for the Jewish people with shops and kosher restaurants. We cross the Fabricio bridge (62 B. C. ), the oldest bridge left in Rome, and we reach the Tiber island and Trastevere. The district developed on the right bank of the river as area for merchants, sailors, fishermen and foreigners; Trastevere looks like a maze of narrow, winding streets and it maintains its old character with its cobbled streets lined by ancient houses.
Via della Reginella
Piazza in Piscinula
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Otherwise Bookshop, Via del Governo Vecchio, 80
End location: Piazza Trilussa
Duration: 3 hours
I would advise you to wear a comfy shoes
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2 EUR - Comment: Headphones necessary for more than 8 persons (2 EUR/person)
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Having been to Rome before, we had seen the major "tourist" sites. Alessandra put together a great tour for us walking through the Jewish district and old Ghetto, Trastevere, the main Synagogue and the attached Jewish Museum, and Piazza Navona. We also had a lovely pizza lunch. The Synagogue and Museum were outstanding. Alessandra did a great job providing background on all we saw. She also arranged transportation back and forth between the port in Civetavecchia and Rome. She is highly recommended.