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Private Rome Jewish Ghetto Tour
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campo dei fiori, more details at booking
Meet your private guide at the designated area in the beautiful Campo dei Fiori square where you will start your private 3 hour tour of Rome’s Jewish Ghetto.
The Ghetto was established in 1555 and it was under the Papal State’s control until the Italian unification in 1870. It was the last existing ghetto in Western Europe till the Nazi reintroduced them. Its walls were demolished in 1888 and the ghetto was almost completely torn down.
Today the Jewish presence is still very strong thanks to the many Jewish restaurants and stores. Particularly famous are dishes like Baccala’ fritto (fried codfish) or carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style artichokes); those courses were invented here in Rome by the Jewish community and they became part of the roman traditional cuisine.
You will begin with exploring the characteristic Campo dei Fiori, a lovely square that hosts every morning a large open-air market. Right in the middle of the piazza you can admire the inspiring statue of Giordano Bruno, a famous Dominican Monk condemned as a heretic but honored by freethinkers all around the world.
Leave Campo dei Fiori behind you and discover Piazza Farnese; once the two squares were combined to form a big open space. Today you can enjoy the view of two stunning fountains made from granite bathtubs removed from the Roman Baths of Caracalla.
Your tour will now continue in Via Giulia probably the first Renaissance’s ambitious urban planning project in Rome. You will soon reach the heart of the Ghetto; admire the beautiful Fontana delle Tartarughe (fountain of the Turtle) built to provide drinking water to the populations during the 16th century.
Your next stop will be at the Tempio Grande di Roma. The Great Synagogue was built after the unification of Italy when the Roman Ghetto was destroyed and the Jews obtained citizenship. The building stands out for its eclectic style and its unique square aluminum dome; the Synagogue is easily visible form many points in the city. Your guide will take you through an exhaustive visit of the synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Rome.
The tour will end with the visit of the distinctive Teatro Marcello. The most important theatre in ancient Rome was partly transformed during the 16th century to become the Orsini’s residence.
Now you will be free to explore the area. We suggest a walk alongside the Tiber River located just a few minutes away or to wonder around Via Teatro Marcello until you will reach Piazza Venezia.
– Expert local guide at disposal (3 hours)
– Entrance Fees at The Great Synagogue, Jewish Museum of Rome
– Visit of Great Synagogue
– Visit of Jewish Museum of Rome
– Campo dei Fiori
– Piazza Farnese
– Via Giulia
– Fontana delle Tartarughe
– Teatro Marcello
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
Campo dei Fiori
Great Synagogue – Rome
The Tempio Grande di Roma was built between 1901 and 1904 on the Tiber’s banks in the former Ghetto district.
In the late 19th century, after the Italy’s unification, the Roman Ghetto was almost entirely destroyed. Roman Jews were now allowed to live also outside the area.
To celebrate the freedom the Jews community decided to build a new Synagogue. They wanted a building that can grab the attention of the population.
The Great Synagogue stands out for its eclectic style and its unique square aluminum dome; it is easily visible form many points in the city.
The Synagogue is also the heart of the Jewish community of Rome; it houses the Chief Rabbi’s offices and the Jewish Museum.
Things to see
Designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armanni the synagogue is an example of Babylonian style, with painted ceilings and an impressive free-standing ark.
The uniqueness of this very old community is evident also in the décor of this house of worship: on the walls Aramaic symbols are mixed with Hebrew ones.
In 1960 the Jewish Museum of Rome was opened to illustrate the 2000 year old history of this community. Roman silverware, precious textile form all over Europe and many other artifacts are now displayed here.