Youll discover Trastevere, an enchanting neighborhood of slim, winding lanes thats prominent for its nightlife, along with the Jewish Ghetto area, where youll see the Synagogue of Rome. Discover a lot concerning these fascinating areas from a skilled guide with a background in the citys archaeology and history.
- 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).
- Resort pickup and drop-off,
- Food and beverages.
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
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.