Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Half-Day Tour

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from €55.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours
 Seller: Viator

Join our knowledgeable guide on this 3-hour walking tour as you explore the winding cobblestone streets and discover the fascinating stories behind these lesser-known yet intriguing neighborhoods.

Trastevere: Rome’s Bohemian Heart

Trastevere, a picturesque neighborhood situated on the west bank of the Tiber River, offers an enchanting escape from the bustling city center. With its narrow streets, ivy-covered buildings, and lively piazzas, Trastevere exudes an irresistible charm that has captivated both locals and visitors alike.

Santa Maria in Trastevere: A Timeless Treasure

One of the highlights of our tour is a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. Dating back to the 340s AD, this remarkable basilica boasts a wealth of history and breathtaking mosaics, providing a glimpse into Rome’s religious past.

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto: A Testament to Resilience

Established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV, Rome’s Jewish Ghetto served as a segregated area for the city’s Jewish population until its abolition in 1888. Despite centuries of hardship, the resilient community has persevered and maintained a strong presence in the area, which is now a thriving hub of culture and history.

The Great Synagogue of Rome: A Symbol of Unity

Our tour will lead you to the impressive Synagogue of Rome, the largest in Italy and a symbol of the enduring Jewish community in Rome. Constructed in the early 1900s, the Great Synagogue’s striking architecture and richly decorated interior provide a fitting tribute to the perseverance of the Jewish people.

Our experienced guides, with extensive backgrounds in archaeology and history, will lead you on an unforgettable journey through the fascinating districts of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto. As you traverse the historic streets, your guide will share enlightening stories and anecdotes, painting a vivid picture of Rome’s lesser-known past and vibrant present.

What's Included
  • Professional tour guide (English),
  • Three-hour afternoon strolling tour of Trastevere and Rome’s Jewish Ghetto,
  • Inside visit of Santa Maria in Trastevere church,
  • Jewish Ghetto synagogue (outside visit).
What's not Included
  • Resort pickup and drop-off,
  • Food and beverages.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

Useful Info

Nowadays the old Jewish Ghetto is a charming area, but when it was established in 1555 Rome’s Jews were suffering persecution. In 1556 Pope Paul IV erected a high wall around the area and the residents were locked in at night. Quaint now, it was once a dank, unhealthy place. In the past many sightseers came, including John Evelyn who in 1645 witnessed a circumcision, pronouncing it a ‘slovenly ceremony’.

On Sundays until 1848 the Jews were driven into Sant’Angelo in Pescheria to listen to sermons in the hope that they would convert to Christianity. In 1943 the Nazis occupied Rome and of the 2,000 Jews sent to concentration camps only 15 survived. The Synagogue (1848) is still in use.

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