From Jewish Ghetto to Trastevere – discovering Rome’s hidden gems

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Join our tour to explore two of Rome's most captivating neighbourhoods: the historical Jewish Ghetto and the bohemian Trastevere. Experience their rich history, unique architecture, and delicious cuisine as we tell you all the secrets and stories of these charming areas.
Total time
2,5 hours
Language
English (check the booking calendar for availability)
Price
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Piazza Margana. Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella. Go to map
Ending point
Ponte Sisto
About

Discover with us two enchanting neighbourhoods of Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere, each brimming with unique history, stunning architecture, excellent cuisine and unparalleled atmosphere. From the ancient charm of the Jewish Ghetto to the bohemian vibes of Trastevere, this tour uncovers the local secrets, stories, and flavours that make these areas so captivating!


Rome is a home of the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Starting in 1555 Jewish citizens of the city were forced to live in the ghetto, controlled by the popes. Struck by poverty, floods and diseases, it was the longest existing ghetto in Western Europe, functioning for more than 300 years! Despite harsh conditions, the community preserved its unique traditions and dialect. Today, the area of the historical Ghetto thrives with Jewish life, synagogues, schools, and renowned eateries offering unique specialities like deep-fried artichoke and stuffed zucchini flowers. Between the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere lies Isola Tiberina. Connected by the city’s oldest bridges, this boat-shaped island teems with legends, including tales of Romulus and Remus. On the other side of the river lies a place where from the times of the Roman Republic many immigrants, among them Jews, settled and where the oldest Roman synagogue is still standing. Shaped by centuries of isolation, Trastevere developed a culture of its own, still felt when walking around. Those who live here for generations, the Trasteverini, are very proud of their roots and traditions. The true charm of the neighbourhood lies in its authenticity: locals doing their shopping in the market, playing cards or taking a walk. It also lies in its quaint alleys, houses painted in ochre and the scent of jasmine in summer. Today, just like ages ago, it attracts many foreigners, students, artists, and musicians. Known for its vibrant atmosphere, amazing trattorias and vibrant nightlife, Trastevere remains a favourite for both locals and visitors.


Our tour will begin at the Theatre of Marcellus, the only theatre of ancient Rome that survived till the present day. Then via the Portico of Octavia we will enter the Jewish Ghetto. These ancient ruins are what remained of an enormous porticoed square, dedicated by Augustus, the first Emperor, to his sister Octavia. Walking through the narrow streets of the Roman Ghetto we will talk about the Jewish history, see the Great Synagogue, arguably the cutest fountain in the city and the poignant Stolpersteine – stones, remembering Holocaust victims. We will also stop at the plaque commemorating 16 October 1943, the day of the round-ups and deportations. Getting to Trastevere, we will cross the oldest bridge in Rome and on the Isola Tiberina we will hear all the myths and stories connected to it. Entering the district across the Tiber (tras Tevere) and walking through the maze of its mediaeval streets dotted with antique elements, we will see among others the heart of the entire neighbourhood – vibrant Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere with the oldest churches in the city dedicated to Virgin Mary. The tour will conclude at Piazza Trilussa, a popular local gathering spot and the starting point of every Trastevere evening. Ending at the Ponte Sisto you’ll be treated to a stunning panorama of the Tiber River and St. Peter’s Basilica in the distance. This perfect endpoint sets the stage for an evening of exploration, allowing you to enjoy the best of Roman and Jewish cuisines as recommended by our guides.


Book your tour and join us for a walk through two neighbourhoods connected by the river, history, charm and great food. Experience first-hand the vibrant local culture and rich history that link the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere and create unforgettable memories from your visit in Rome!


During the tour you will see:



  • Teatro di Marcello and Portico d’Ottavia

  • Jewish ghetto

  • Fontana di Tartarughe

  • Great Synagogue of Rome

  • Ponte Fabricio and Tiberina Island

  • Trastevere

  • San Callisto (famous bar)

  • Santa Maria in Trastevere Church

  • Trilussa Square

  • Ponte Sisto


Meeting Point
Piazza Margana. Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella.

BOOKING RULES
Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.


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