2. 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!