Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Rome Tour

Rome’s Two Best Neighborhoods

Join us on a private tour through two of the most vibrant and history-rich neighborhoods of Rome — the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere. Led by a private tour guide, this tour includes Jewish "pizza", the Basilica of Santa Maria & the Portico d’Ottavia.

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This tour requires some walking (about 2.1km or 1.3 miles), but stops frequently to visit points of interest.

3 h
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1 Heart of Trastevere
2 Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere
3 Side Streets
4 Hidden Gem!
5 Ancient Crypt
6 Ancient Jewish Synagogue
7 The Broken Bridge
8 Tiber Island
9 Ponte Fabricio
10 Jewish Ghetto
11 Portico d'Ottavia
12 Teatro di Marcellus
13 Palazzo Mattei
14 Turtle Fountain
15 Main Street
16 Jewish History
17 Jewish Synagogue
18 Jewish Synagogue

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

City Tours

Do you want to explore the culture and religious background of some of Rome’s best neighborhoods?  If so, this is the perfect tour for you!

Rome is a city with endless things to see and do.  After you have seen the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps, we know that you've only scratched the surface of the eternal city.  So we’ve put together an experience that is a little more niche, and perfect for those of you who are interested in the religion and culture of the city. Introducing our Private Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Rome Tour. This 3-hour tour includes:

  • - The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • Professional, English-speaking private tour guide
  • - Walking tour of Trastevere
  • - The Basilica of San Crisogono
  • - Walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto

Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Your tour begins in one of Rome's most historic neighborhoods, Trastevere.  Once you have met your local expert Rome guide, you will start the tour by exploring the heart of Trastevere, Piazza Santa Maria.  Here, you will find the stunning Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome's oldest and most beautiful churches.  Your guide will unravel the history and stories surrounding this Roman treasure as you admire its external facade, before entering the site to discover more of its stunning works of art.

Roaming Around Trastevere

After visiting the church, you will then continue by exploring more of Trastevere, walking down its beautiful cobblestone streets and learning more about the neighborhood.  During your walk, you'll come to your second stop, a beautiful church that is rarely seen by tourists - San Crisogono.  In true "off the beaten path" style, your guide will lead you underground the church*, where you'll come across an archeological site that dates back to the time of Constantine I.  During this part of your Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Rome Tour, you'll explore the remains of the original church, as well as see ancient Roman houses and the remains of what were once beautiful frescoes now being restored!

From here, you will continue your journey into the quieter side of Trastevere in search of the facade of a Medieval Roman synagogue.  Many people associate Rome with Christianity, but there has been a Jewish community living in Rome for almost two thousand years!  Historically, the Romans were pagans, but they also respected the Jewish religion as it dated back much further than their own.  But, as your guide will reveal to you, this wasn't how they felt about all religions.

After meandering your way through the side-streets of Trastevere, you will cross the Tiber River, by way of Tiber Island.  As you cross, your guide will point out a famous Roman bridge that many people overlook and explain the significance of this island and the bridges connecting it to the mainland.  Once on the other side, you'll have officially entered the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most vibrant neighborhoods!

Jewish Ghetto

You'll begin exploring the Jewish Area of Rome by passing through Piazza 16 October 1943, dedicated to a tragic day in history for the Roman-Jewish culture.  You'll then approach the Portico d’Ottavia, an important monument of Ancient Rome, built in the Augustan era.  Here, along the main drag of the neighborhood, you’ll discover Roman ruinsan iconic templepalace full of ancient carvings and pass by an ancient theater that many mistake for the Colosseum.  What's more, your guide will show you one of the most loved fountains in all of Rome, as you learn about the legend behind its "instant" construction and what happened as a result of this!

Once you've gotten a real feel for the historical culture of this Jewish Area in Rome, you'll be introduced to the modern one.  The Jewish Ghetto is a vibrant neighborhood steeped in history, but it is also a foodie’s paradise.  Walking down the main drag of the Jewish Ghetto, your guide will point out where to find the best kosher restaurants in Rome.  Rome Jewish Ghetto Restaurants are aplenty, with many dishes to try like the traditional Jewish-style deep-fried whole artichokes.  Of course, by now you must be getting a little hungry, so your guide will then take you to taste an amazing Jewish treat called "Pizza" (and this is not the pizza you may be familiar with). Here is a hint… it’s not savory!

Your tour will end in front of the Great Jewish Synagogue, one of the largest in all of Europe!  Here your guide will introduce you to this important synagogue. You'll also get informed of the Great Synagogue of Rome opening hours and ticket details, as well as the next time slot you can enter it, should you be interested in taking a guided tour of the interior.

After all your exploring on this Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Tour, you’re sure of worked up an appetite!  As the tour ends close to lunchtime, your guide will also show you the best places to grab a bite to eat for lunch.  We’d highly recommend, after your tasty lunch, a visit to the great synagogue and its Jewish museum beneath it.  The perfect ending to your cultural tour through Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto!

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