Rome: Jewish District & Trastevere Walking Tour

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2.5 hours
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English, Italian

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What You'll Do
  • Learn the history behind the the Jewish and Trasteverini communities in Rome
  • Be led by a local art historian guide
  • See all the most important sights of the Jewish district and end in the main square of Trastevere
Overview
If visiting Rome for you is little more than just admiring the monuments and you’d love to travel in time and cultures but not leave a neighborhood and learn about Rome's multicultural city…then the Jewish district tour is a tour you cannot miss.
What to Expect
The jewish community was among the first settlers in Rome almost 2000 years ago in the heart of the city. The community lived in harmony with the rest of the population and enjoyed considerable freedom, an example of religious tolerance that unfortunately was not later extended to any of the reformed Christian creeds: Roman Jews were forced to live enclosed in the ghetto between the 1500s and 1800s, had an imposed curfew, several other restrictions and the sad crumbling remains of this walled district known as "Ghetto," torn down only in the 19th century. 

This tour will guide you through one of the most interesting parts of the city, you will visit the remains of the Porch of Octavia, an imposing structure built by the emperor Augustus for his sister and where, in the middle ages the most important fish market of the city was located. In this market, jewish women used to collect the market waste in order to cook their famous fish broth. We will travel from the Roman age through the Middle ages and the Renaissance when important Roman families settled there and built their noble palaces. On the inscriptions all over this area, you can read about the horrible events that occurred during the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1943-44. This tour will give you a chance to walk through fascinating buildings and revive sad but important memories of the past.
You’ll appreciate the vivid atmosphere of the neighbourhood today, where you can still have a glimpse of the past, tasting some of the delicatessen, typical jewish pastry or the famous fried artichokes.
Your next destination will be Trastevere alleys. According to themselves, the inhabitants of Trastevere, are the only real Romans descendants from the ancient classical stock but this must be taken with grain of salt. In Roman times, sailors of the fleet were established there and later, owing to its position close to the river and connected with the port of Ostia, Trastevere became increasingly polyglot and multicultural, away from the core of imperial power, it hosted and people gathered from all over the Roman Empire, Oriental exotic cults different in origin, language and traditions.

This atmosphere was still held into the Middle ages, thus owing to the activities and life connected to the river port. The district was filled with foreigners and workshops close to the river banks such as bakers with their mills, leather artisans and dye workers. Trasteverini considered themselves the real Romans and were ready to fight against the ones living across the river to show it.

Until the 14th century, this was a separate district and its people and, still in the 19th century, a “real” trasteverino would boast he had never crossed the river.

Trastevere is still the stronghold of a Roman dialect poetry and in the noisy summer nights, it won’t be hard to listen mandolin serenades during the “festa de noantri” the celebrarion of their own independent district.

Visit the stronghold of Roman popular custom and tradition, forget about the hectic life of the rest of the city and get a glimpse of a real Roman neighborhood. Enjoy the atmosphere of a real Piazza such as St. Maria in trastevere, the core and heart of the “rione”(quarter), a delightful meeting place for all and sundry, for gossip and an aperitif. Visit the Church of S. Maria in Trastevere, considered one of the most ancient churches in Rome. Experience the sparkling atmpshere of the big and small squares, corners and alleys, and learn about the legend of the mineral oil that sprang out from the ground.

You will admire ancient churches, aristocratic palaces and their beautiful decorations, old hidden workshops and picturesque corners. You’ll admire Middle age towers and Renaissance baronial family palaces, papal memories and all this in a relaxing walk. This tour will let you feel like a real Roman and will add so greatly to the full enjoyment of an authentic Roman holiday.
What's Included
  • Professional art historian guide
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Meeting Point

Piazza del Campidoglio, in front of the bronze statue of Marcus Aurelio (located in the middle of the square) // Your guide will be there 10 minutes before the tour starting time holding a sign. // Take a bus to Piazza Venezia. From there Piazza del Campidoglio is 5 minutes walking. // Take a taxi and ask the driver to leave at the bottom of the Campidoglio staircase (in italian: "davanti alla scalinata del Campidoglio") and climb the stairs. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• This tour doesn't include entrance to the synagogue

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