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Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

1. 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, the tour also takes in the medieval Campo de' Fiori, one of the oldest markets in the world. Meet at the archaeological site of the Largo di Torre Argentina, site of an enormous religious center of the Roman Empire, where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death, and Pompey's theater was located. Your guide will bring to life Caesar’s theatrical death, before taking you down the medieval alleways that lead to the open air market of the Campo de’ Fiori. Marvel at the beauty of the Renaissance Palazzo Farnese. Then, cross the River Tiber to 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 again 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. End in time for lunch in an area of exceptional restaurants. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations of venues that serve superb Roman-Jewish kosher food before departing.

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 the steps of the Campidoglio 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 Walking Tour

3. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover Rome's Jewish ghetto or Roman ghetto established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The former walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today, is one of the most fascinating quarters of the city. Your 3-hour Rome Trastevere Walking Tour will start in this quarter before taking you over the Tiber to the historic Trastevere neighborhood. Trastevere is a picturesque neighborhood dating back to medieval times and charming area filled with narrow winding streets, alleyways and pedestrian squares. These 2 areas are often overlooked by tourists but this intimate walking tour of these magnificent neighborhoods will take you to its top landmarks. Walking around these neighborhoods will be the best way to see all of the monuments and landmarks, as well as get a great feeling for this Bohemian area of Rome. This Rome Trastevere walking tour will start in the Jewish ghetto, where you will learn about the Jewish history and presence in Rome, which is still much visible today. Led by an experienced guide, see Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants and, when possible, even take you to the synagogue of Rome. The Porticus Octaviae will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which sits in the middle of Piazza Mattei. Your guide will then take you across the river Tiber to Trastevere, which was once home to the wealthy Etruscans. Here, you will visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Francesco a Ripa and the Ponte Rotto, which is the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome. 

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Walking Tour

4. Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Walking Tour

Stroll through the heart of Rome on a guided walking tour and discover some of the most iconic sights of Rome. Visit Navona Square, the most elegant of all Roman squares, a cosmopolitan meeting place with many outdoor cafes and seasonal fairs, where the famous Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain stands. Discover the church of San Luigi dei Francesi that houses the world-renowned cycle of paintings by Caravaggio. See the Pantheon, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. Visit the Piazza Colonna with the famous Marcus Aurelius column and Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, surely one of the icons of Rome. See the Spanish Square with its eighteenth-century atmosphere created by the ochre-colored buildings, Bernini’s fountain La Barcaccia and the magnificent and celebrated Spanish Steps that lead up to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Off the Piazza, there are boutiques of the most famous high fashion brands.   

Rome: Relive the Last Days of Julius Caesar Guided Tour

5. Rome: Relive the Last Days of Julius Caesar Guided Tour

Explore the life and death of Julius Caesar on a 3-hour guided walking tour of Rome that relives the most important day in the city’s history; the day Caesar died! A private guide will recreate the final days of Rome's most controversial hero, leading you to the places where the story occured. Explore the complex history to understand how such a beloved leader could be so brutally betrayed and murdered by his friends and colleagues. Walk through the ancient ruins of the imperial city, from Largo Argentina to the Portico of Octavia. Then, it’s onward to the Theater of Marcellus, ending at the Roman Forum, where you will have free entrance to explore the temple ruins of Ancient Rome and bring history to life.

Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

6. 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 the bottom of the Campidoglio steps. 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.

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What people are saying about Portico d'Ottavia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Donnie was an amazing tour guide with so much knowledge and enthusiasm. He really brought Travestere and the Jewish Ghetto to life and seemed genuinely happy to help us discover its history. Solid 3 hour tour - would recommend.

Excellent guide full of information. Highly recommend tour. Cover a lot of ground during 2.5 hours.

Wonderful walk around Rome with the very prepared and nice guide Barbara

It was very informative and entertaining. Very nice and competent guide.

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide, definitely worth it