You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This tour requires some walking (about 2.1km or 1.3 miles), but stops frequently to visit points of interest.
We'll meet in the beating heart of Trastevere! You'll see why this is one of the most loved neighborhoods of Rome, with its colorful buildings and traditional Italian feel.
This church, nestled in the main piazza, dates back to the 4th Century AD when Christianity was legalized. It is so decadent you will struggle to believe it was that old!
Trastevere is an artistic neighborhood, full of rustic charm. Just walking down this winding cobblestone "vicoli" you'll find yourself snapping as many photos as you will inside the Colosseum!
Explore a Borghese Family funded Basilica that is one of The Roman Guy's absolute favorite hidden gems of Rome.
You'll venture below the floors of this church to explore the remains of an ancient Roman house and a Basilica from the time of Constantine.*
After meandering through more cobblestone streets we'll happen upon the remnants of a Medieval Jewish Synagogue.
Your guide will point out something often overlooked by visitors to the area. An ancient Roman bridge!
The petite and picturesque Island sits neatly in the Tiber river. You'll visit this island during your journey between Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto.
This is the oldest bridge in Rome that is still used to this day. As you cross it, you can only imagine how many historical figures have walked across the same bridge many many years ago!
Having crossed over the island, you'll now enter the Jewish Ghetto section of this Rome tour. The Jewish Area of Rome is a must-see neighborhood, with lots of history!
Portico d'Ottavia was once an ancient Roman fishing market, but now is an ancient Roman ruin that your guide will take you to explore. Much to explore in this area!
This ancient Roman theatre is just a stone's throw away from the main drag of the Jewish Ghetto. Many mistake this site for the Colosseum and you'll immediately see why!
Palazzo Mattei is a picturesque palace just outside the walls of the Jewish Ghetto. Hear about the Mattei family and how they profited off people trying to conduct trade in and out of the Ghetto!
Nearby is one of Rome's most tranquil and beautiful hidden piazzas - Piazza Mattei. The fountain within it is a local favorite and you'll realize why once your guide explains its construction.
The main drag through the Jewish Ghetto is lined with kosher restaurants, bars, bakeries and colored with mediterranean pastels. Here, you'll visit a bakery to sample a local Jewish delicacy.**
Throughout this section of this tour, you'll also learn about the Jewish people in Rome and their struggle during the times of the Ghetto in Rome.
After 100s of years of discrimination the Jewish Ghetto was opened up and the beautiful center piece was built: The Great Jewish Synagogue.
After an introduction to the synagogue your guide will suggest a good place for you to have lunch and inform you of the next time slot if you wish to visit the inside of the synagogue.***
Skip the Crowds
Highly Educated and Passionate Guide
Includes Restricted Access to Exclusive Areas
This tour is a family experience that will immerse multi-generational travelers into different cultures.
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.
Your tour begins in one of Rome's most historical neighborhoods (and our favorite district), 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.
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. 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!
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 ruins, an iconic temple, a palace 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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- Ostia Antica Private Rome Tour
* A €3 entrance fee is charged to access the Crypt. This is not included in the price of the tour.** The Jewish food offered on this tour contains nuts. Substitutes may be available. This is also not included in the price of the tour.***This tour does not enter inside the Great Synagogue
You'll meet your guide in front of the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is the only church in Piazza Santa Maria. Your guide will be waiting to greet you holding a sign that says "The Roman Guy".
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€170 BASE PRICE
Child (6 or under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
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If we didn't go on this tour through the Roman Guy we never would have even thought to explore these destinations. This tour was spectacular in that iIf we didn't go on this tour through the Roman Guy we never would have even thought to explore these destinations. This tour was spectacular in that it showed us another side to Rome that we were completely unaware of and really opened our eyes to all of the hidden gems within Rome that nobody else usually gets the chance to see...more
This was a great tour for our 5th day in Rome. We did it in September which made it so nice. I feel like the places we went had such interesting hisThis was a great tour for our 5th day in Rome. We did it in September which made it so nice. I feel like the places we went had such interesting history, but there were no other tourists. What a perfect day! Our guide Fabiola was excellent and really knew her Jewish - Roman history. Thanks again! ..more