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Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

1. Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Tuck into Rome's iconic street food on a guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter or Trastevere. Learn about local food with five tastings and try delicacies, such as pizza, supplì, and seasonal dishes. Choose between a tour of Trastevere or a tour of the Jewish Quarter, two of Rome's most picturesque districts with group and private tour options available. With your guide, learn about Rome’s history through its most beloved street food. If you've chosen the Trastevere tour, meet your guide on Tiber Island and soak up its unique atmosphere before entering Trastevere. Step into vibrant squares, such as Piazza Santa Maria, and indulge in popular street food, from cheesy supplì to deliciously sweet Sicilian cannoli. If you've chosen the tour of the Jewish Quarter, head to the lively Campo De' Fiori square where one of the oldest open-air markets takes place every morning. Then, follow your guide to Rome's Jewish Quarter and see highlights, including the Portico of Octavia and the Turtle Fountain. Throughout both tours, enjoy five tastings with a sample of wine and beer. Both tours finish on a sweet note with the perfect Italian gelato.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of one of Rome’s most well-kept secrets, the neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your friendly and professional tour guide at Trajan's Column in the center of Rome and begin your journey into the history of one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. Explore architecture and neighborhoods from 2000 years ago. Pass by the Theater of Marcellus, and the Portico d’Ottavia to see some of the ancient structures still being used today. Your guide will take you to a Gelateria where you will be treated to homemade Kosher gelato. From here you will go to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Then pass by the last remaining piece of the wall that kept the Jewish community in this area for centuries. You will learn about the tumultuous past and resilience of Rome’s Jews as you pass the Great Synagogue. Next, cross the oldest functioning bridge in Rome as you go onto Tiber Island. Listen to the stories about the hospital saving people during WWII as well as the story of Asclepius at the temple, now a church. Your guide will bring history to life for you as you conclude your tour here on the island.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

3. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

Learn the history of Rome's Jewish community in the former Jewish Ghetto and discover the Trastevere district on a self guided audio tour. Start your self-guided experience walking through the quaint avenues of Trastevere. Admire the famous Basilica of Santa Maria. Continue on to the Jewish Ghetto, located near the Tiber River. Pass through the iconic Isola Tiberina and stroll down charming streets. See the Great Synagogue, the symbol of the emancipation of the Jewish community in Rome. Learn about the history of the Roman Jewish community during the Roman Republic. Use your smartphone to listen to audio commentary about the areas you're visiting. Enjoy an opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of one of the oldest communities in Europe.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

4. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Go in search of Europe's oldest Jewish community accompanied by a professional guide and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Join your guide as you stroll through the narrow lanes of the remaining parts of the old Ghetto around Portico d’Ottavia. Retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city, from ancient times to the modern-day. Hear the tragic tale of how the Roman Jews were rounded up in the Ghetto to be sent to Auschwitz and see the brass cobblestones installed as a memorial to the Holocaust victims. Learn about Roman-Jewish cuisine and take the opportunity to sample traditional foods such as fried artichokes or an authentic sour cherry cake. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the largest in Europe. End your tour in Piazza Mattei at the Turtle Fountain.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Tour with Pizza Tasting

5. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Tour with Pizza Tasting

Experience the captivating journey through time as we delve into the origins of Rome's Jewish Ghetto, established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV to accommodate the city's 5,000-strong Jewish population. Nestled near the tranquil banks of the Tiber River, this historically walled enclave has evolved into one of Rome's most enthralling neighborhoods. Embarking on our Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto walking tour, we commence our adventure in Trastevere. Once a renowned Regio during the reign of Emperor Augustus (Trans - Tiberim, meaning "across the Tiber"), Trastevere has preserved its medieval charm with its labyrinthine streets, narrow alleys, and charming squares. Visit significant Roman churches, including the venerable Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, an ancient Christian site of great significance, and the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, constructed upon the very location of the revered saint's former residence. Immerse yourself in the ancient allure of Trastevere, with its picturesque streets and remnants of the medieval synagogue. We will then cross the Tiber River, capturing the breathtaking view of the renowned Ponte Rotto, Rome's oldest stone bridge. Leave the idyllic Tiber Island behind, we venture into the heart of the former Jewish Ghetto. Delve into the compelling history of the Roman Jews, their profound cultural influence on the city, and the lasting impact they have left on this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, our expert guide will point out Jewish-owned establishments, kosher restaurants, and traditional shops and cafes in both areas. Enhance your experience by indulging in one of Rome's finest pizzas, the perfect culinary finale to your journey!

Rome: Trastevere and Roman Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

6. Rome: Trastevere and Roman Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Our adventure begins at the charming Piazza Mastai, where you'll meet your expert guide and fellow travelers. This square sets the perfect tone for our exploration of the bohemian and vibrant streets of Trastevere. Our first stop is at Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, home to the breathtaking Basilica of Santa Maria. Dating back to the 12th century, this architectural gem boasts captivating mosaics and a serene fountain at its center, leaving you mesmerized by its beauty. Next, we’ll reach Piazza Trilussa, a bustling square named after the great Roman satirical poet, Carlo Alberto Salustri, known as Trilussa. Here, you'll experience the vibrant local life, with street performers and a lively ambiance that showcases a part of Rome's culture. Prepare to be amazed by the grandeur of Palazzo Farnese, a Renaissance masterpiece that exudes elegance. Its monumental facade showcases remarkable works by some of the greatest artists like Sangallo and Michelangelo. Afterward, we'll wander through the historic Campo de' Fiori, a square steeped in Roman history and vibrant market atmosphere. Venturing further into Rome's history, we enter the Jewish Ghetto, a place of profound cultural significance. The tales that echo through these streets are captivating, as the Jewish community here has thrived for centuries. Within the Ghetto, we encounter the Great Synagogue of Rome, an architectural marvel symbolizing strength and resilience. Our final destination is the Theater of Marcellus, an ancient Roman amphitheater dating back to 13 BC. Throughout this journey, you'll be captivated by the rich history, art, and culture of Rome, creating unforgettable memories as we explore its charming streets and architectural wonders.

Jewish Rome District, Old Ghetto and Trastevere Private Tour

7. Jewish Rome District, Old Ghetto and Trastevere Private Tour

The Jewish community of Rome is the oldest in the Western world, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. At the foot of Capitoline Hill, the Ghetto was created between 1555 and 1870, where the 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. You will cross the Fabricio Bridge (62 B.C.), the oldest bridge left in Rome, and reach Tiber Island and Trastevere. The district developed on the right bank of the river as an area for merchants, sailors, fishermen and foreigners. Trastevere looks like a maze of narrow, winding streets and it maintains its old character with its cobblestone streets lined with ancient houses.

Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

8. Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

Learn about Jewish life in Rome on a private walking tour that uncovers a more hidden side to the “Eternal City,” and explore the area the Romans referred to as the Jewish Ghetto. Focused on the picturesque Trastevere and Isola Tiberina, you'll be sure to enjoy this vibrant neighborhood so rich in culture. Located next to the River Tiber, Rome’s Jewish neighborhood is the oldest in the western world. Rich in architecture and history, your walk follows in the footsteps of Roman citizens, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Continue through Trastevere and get lost in a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets. From the Roman Republic to the end of the Middle Ages, Trastevere was the center of the Jewish community in Rome. Your guide will tell fascinating stories about a peaceful neighborhood that becomes the center of Roman nightlife in the evening. See some of Rome’s oldest churches, including the Basilica di Santa Maria with its golden mosaics. Cross the Tiber to Isola Tiberina, and learn some of the secrets of Rome's origins. Take a short detour to the open-air theater of the Teatro Marcello, and see what remains of the walls of the ancient temples of the Portico d'Ottavia. Once in the Jewish Ghetto, your guide will show you the modest squares and small alleyways that define the area. A hidden treasure today, it was once home to a walled community that lived under unjust conditions in tremendous poverty. See the Great Synagogue of Rome at the heart of the Ghetto. Although the tour only visits the Synagogue from the outside, it’s easily accessible if you wish to go inside after your tour. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

9. Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

Enjoy a completely private and premium tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome. Wander the quaint cobbled streets at your own pace, ask burning questions, and learn the history, food, and beauty of the area. Discover an ancient community rich with culture and strength. Walk through the enchanting neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your private guide in the heart of Rome at Trajan's Column. Find ancient structures still very much in use at the Theater of Marcellus and the Portico d'Ottavia. Admire the brilliant mix of ancient and modernism in the quarter. Walk the central street lined with restaurants, bakeries, and shops, and pick a spot to come back and try some Kosher Italian food on your own later. Try some handmade Kosher gelato, treat of your guide, before continuing the tour. Next, head to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Hear the spectacular tale of its single-day construction. Wander the cobbled streets that lead to the Great Synagogue and pass by the magnificent structure that celebrates the Jews in Rome and learn its important history. Cross the oldest bridge in Rome and arrive onto Tiber Island and learn of the Greek god Asclepius who came to Rome and landed on the island. Ask your guide for tips and suggestions for food and lifestyle in the Eternal City, and venture out on your own.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

10. Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

Explore the fascinating former Jewish Ghetto and picturesque Trastevere neighborhood of Rome on a 2 hour tour, limited to 6 participants. Located next to the River Tiber, Rome’s Jewish neighborhood is the oldest in the western world. Rich in architecture and history, your walk follows in the footsteps of Roman citizens, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Embark on your journey through this incredible neighborhood rich in culture and history, and explore the Basilica of Santa Maria. Next, go to Isola Tiberina in the middle of the River Tiber, and learn how this was the site of the Jewish Ghetto in Ancient Rome. Your guide will take you to the open-air Teatro Marcello, built towards the end of the Roman Republic. Marvel at the Portico d’Ottavia, which once enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue of Rome, still at the heart of Jewish life in Rome. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

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We had an amazing experience in this tour and it was not only about the food. Monica, our guide, is fantastic - she told us so many interesting stories about Rome and the Jewish quarter. Food was super tasty, we had many great local delicacies including great wine and beer. I highly recommend this tour to everyone!

We had Laura taking our tour and she was absolutely brilliant. We tried a variety of traditional Italian foods and learnt about the ancient history of Rome. Her knowledge was amazing and the pizza was to die for! Would recommend to anyone visiting Rome.

Aside for the delicious food, our evening was sprinkled with bits of history and stories you would not read from school books. Emilio offered suggestions of other activities to do in the area. Fabulous work!

You learn how to find good food in Rome and the guide Monique was really good. Also we had a small group which was really nice.

What a great and informative food tour! Love how friendly the guide is as well!