Did you know Rome is home to the oldest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel? The Roman Jews are very proud of their heritage, and over the last few years more and more visitors have come to explore the Ghetto, the lively Jewish neighborhood.
In the 3rd century BCE a first Jewish community, mostly merchants and tanners, settled down in Trastevere, the area on the right bank of the river Tiber. That’s where we are going to start our walk, looking for the site of the oldest synagogue in Rome. Strolling down the maze of colorful alleyways dotted with the occasional clothesline across the street, wonderful art works, nice little shops and a seemingly unending choice of bars and eateries, we’ll reach the Tiber River, and cross the bridge to the tiny Tiberina Island.
Once on the left bank, we’ll enter the Ghetto, that is the area where the Roman Jews have lived since the Middle-ages. In the mid-1500’s Pope Paul III ordered that the Jewish population be segregated in this area, and he had a wall build all around the neighborhood. Pretty much the same happened in many other European cities back then, and in Rome the segregation of the Jews was lifted completely only in the late 1800’s. That’s when most of the Ghetto area got knocked down to sanitize what had become a very rundown, extremely poor part of the city, and that’s also when the magnificent new Synagogue was built. We are going to visit the Jewish Museum attached to the synagogue, and here you’ll hear about the history of the community from ancient Roman days to the present.
After that, it’s definitely time to experience what life is like in the Ghetto today, meeting some of the most colorful characters of this tight-knit community, like the baker who would rather die than divulge the secret recipe of her mouth-watering chocolate and ricotta cake, or the barista who’s in charge of the daily updates about any gossip circulating in the community!
Add-ons & Combo Tours
Feel like having a more in-depth tour? Try the combo solution adding our Trastevere walk!
One of the oldest neighboorhoods in town, it offers unspoiled corners with the occasional clothesline across the street, wonderful art works, dazzling medieval mosaics, nice little shops and a seemingly unending choice of bars and eateries.
Another great option is to add our Rome with a View tour. Experience Rome from an unexpected point of view: from the top! We’ll conquer 2 of the 7 Roman Hills, the Aventine and the Capitoline Hill, and we’ll also ride the elevator to the top of the Viktor-Emanuel Monument, to enjoy the breathtaking view.
Combo tours add a lot of fun to the experience, and they are also a great way to save money, since they are always cheaper then 2 separate tours on different days.
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Cost guideline – What’s included
|Duration of tour||1-2 people||3-4 people||5-6 people||7-8 people|
|Up to 3 hours||180,00 EUR||195,00 EUR||210,00 EUR||240,00 EUR|
|+ each additional hour||60,00 EUR||65,00 EUR||70,00 EUR||80,00 EUR|
- For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote.
- The tour rate includes your private guided tour – price is total, not per person.
- Entrance tickets to the Jewish Museum and Synagogue are separate and have to be bought on site (11,00 EUR per person at the time of writing; updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking).
- Transportation to the start point, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates. Headsets are not included (only needed with 6+ people).
- Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings). From April 1st to October 30th, last minute bookings (less than 3 days prior to the tour) are subject to a 15% surcharge.
You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.
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