Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Rome Tour

With a private guide, unearth the trendiest Rome districts from Santa Maria Basilica to Tiber Island

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 10 Reviews · 3.00h custom · Rome, Italy

Want to escape the crowds and see a different side of Rome’s cultural heritage? Then join a personal Roman guide on an in-depth walking tour of two of the city’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods. See Rome from a whole new perspective as you stroll down tiny side streets in charming Trastevere, then dive into the city’s religious history in the Jewish Ghetto. Explore Basilica di Santa Maria, Portico d’Ottavia, and more before enjoying some delicious Jewish Pizza to top things off!

  • Rome neighborhoods walking tour
  • Discover the charms of Trastevere
  • Basilica di Santa Maria
  • Basilica di San Crisogono
  • Ancient underground crypt
  • Medieval Roman synagogue
  • Tiber Island
  • Ponte Fabricio
  • The Broken Bridge
  • Explore the Jewish Ghetto
  • Wander the vibrant main street
  • Portico d'Ottavia
  • Teatro di Marcellus
  • Turtle Fountain
  • Palazzo Mattei
  • Uncover Rome's Jewish History
  • The Great Jewish Synagogue

You'll meet your friendly local guide in Trastevere's Piazza Santa Maria, and you'll begin your private walking tour at the nearby Basilica di Santa Maria. Then, stroll through the neighborhoods picturesque side streets admiring sites such as the Basilica di San Crisogono and the facade of a medieval Roman synagogue, before crossing over Tiber Island on the way to the Jewish Ghetto.

In Rome's historic Jewish neighborhood, see the Portico d’Ottavia monument and ancient ruins of temples, palaces, and theaters, and learn the rich history of the city's Jewish community. Before ending your tour beside the Great Jewish Synagogue, you'll also enjoy a traditional sweet treat known locally as Jewish Pizza.

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Tour Description

Your 3-hour Rome walking tour includes:

  • Tailored private tour of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

  • Visit the beautiful basilicas of Santa Maria and San Crisogono

  • See the Portico d’Ottavia and Grand Jewish Synagogue

  • Visit a traditional bakery where you can try "Jewish Pizza" (food not included)

  • Your own friendly English-speaking local guide

Please be aware that a €3 entrance fee must be paid locally to access the crypt of the San Crisogono church.

Begin at Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Your tour starts in one of Rome's most historic neighborhoods, Trastevere.  Once you've met your local expert Rome guide, you'll start the tour by exploring the heart of the neighborhood, Piazza Santa Maria.  Here, you'll find the stunning Basilica of Santa Maria, 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.

Explore Vibrant Trastevere

After visiting the church, you'll continue exploring more of Trastevere, walking down its beautiful cobblestone streets and learning more about the neighborhood. Soon 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, where you'll come across an archaeological site that dates back to the time of Constantine I. 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'll 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 2,000 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 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!

Once you've gotten a feel for the history of the Jewish Ghetto, you'll be introduced to its more modern side. This vibrant neighborhood is steeped in history, but it's 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 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 a a much-loved local bakery where you can try an amazing Jewish treat called "Pizza", but this is not the pizza you'll 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, and will let you know the opening hours and ticket details should you be interested in taking a guided tour of the interior.

As the tour ends close to lunchtime, your guide will also show you the best places to grab a bite to eat for lunch. The perfect ending to your cultural tour through Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto!

What you get with this tour
Tailored private tour of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto
Visit the beautiful basilicas of Santa Maria and San Crisogono
See the Portico d’Ottavia and Grand Jewish Synagogue
Visit a traditional bakery where you can try "Jewish Pizza" (food not included)
Your own friendly English-speaking local guide
Tripadvisor Logo

See what people are saying

10 total reviews

Leave a review
5.0/5 (based on 10 reviews)
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars
28 December 2022
A
Reviewed by
Anna T Hastings

Dimitri was awesome. We learned so much and this tour was a great intro to Rome. Thank you!!!

Great tour with Davide
03 October 2022
A
Reviewed by
Adrienne Hill

We had a great tour of the area with Davide. He is very knowledgeable and a great story teller. Highly recommended.

Great Tour!!
15 August 2022
S
Reviewed by
Suzanne Newbury

We had the private Trastevere to Jewish Ghetto tour on our first day in Rome. Our guide, Frank, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He went at a reasonable rate and talked to us about everything we saw without overloading our jet-lagged brains. He answered all our questions - and in fact often said something that I was just about to ask. If you want to see beautiful churches, go into a cripta paleocristiana under a church, walk down quintessential Italian lanes, take many, many pictures, engage your brain and understand history, this is the tour for you! We had a great tour and we would HIGHLY recommend this experience!!

show more reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

You'll meet your guide in front of the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Piazza Santa Maria. A friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto have particular uneven cobblestones so comfortable shoes are recommended as always. Bring a few euro coins for entrance to the crypt during the tour.

Do we get to visit the synagogue?

This tour does not go inside the Great Synagogue with the guide but the tour does end nearby so you can explore on your own afterwards or at another time.

There is mention of food in the tour description. Is this included in the price?

During the tour, we take you to a famous bakery to explain its history and importance in the Jewish community of Rome. If you'd like to sample some of their famous Jewish 'pizza', be our guest. The price of food is not included in this tour.

Are there any extra fees to be paid on the day of my tour?

A €3 entrance fee is charged to access the crypt of the San Crisogono church.

What to bring?

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto have particular uneven cobblestones so comfortable shoes are recommended as always. Bring a few euro coins for entrance to the crypt during the tour.

Where to meet?

You'll meet your guide in front of the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Piazza Santa Maria. A friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility then this private tour is your best option as it can be more easily tailored to your needs. Please get in touch so we can make sure the activities and arrangements are suitable for you.

$62.70 per adult
+ $136.80 base price
Total: $199.50

available days discounted days

Reserve Now $62.70 / per person
$62.70 / per person
You may also like
Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum and Vatican Museums

Explore the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and more!

Exclusive Access
Up to 15 % off

Exclusive Access

Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Get special access to the Underground dungeons and Arena Floor on this guided small group tour

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy early access to see the Raphael Rooms, Creation of Man, St. Peter's Basilica, and more

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

Climb St. Peter's Basilica, explore the Papal Crypts, and skip the line at the Vatican Museums

Exclusive Access
Up to 15 % off

Exclusive Access

Special Access Colosseum Arena Floor Tour through the Gladiator's Gate

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators on the Colosseum floor and see the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Guided Tour
Up to 15 % off

Guided Tour

Trastevere Local Food Tour in Rome

Join a culinary guide to indulge in tasty cheese, pasta, gelato, wine, and authentic food of Rome

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

See the bucket-list Vatican attractions and St. Peter's Basilica with start times throughout the day

Transportation Included

Transportation Included

Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

Book a private Rome tour and see the Colosseum, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and more in just one day!

Day Trip
Up to 15 % off

Day Trip

Day Trip From Rome to Pompeii and Sorrento

Explore the famous buried city and dive into the Amalfi Coast on this unmissable day tour from Rome

Exclusive access

Exclusive access

VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor

See a different perspective of the Colosseum and Roman Forum with no crowds at night

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

See the Colosseum and ancient Rome like a VIP, with Gladiator’s Gate, Temple of Caesar, and more!

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica Tour

Enjoy a tailored VIP Vatican experience with early entrance and a dedicated private guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Private Tour

See the wonders of the Vatican on a tailored private tour with expert guide and skip-the-line entry

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

Skip the line and explore a creepy underground world of Roman tombs and crypts with an expert guide

Skip the Line
Up to 10 % off

Skip the Line

Premium Vatican & Colosseum Arena Floor Combo Tour

Beat the biggest crowds at the Sistine Chapel then step through the Gladiator’s Gate like a warrior

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Pompeii & Sorrento Day Trip from Rome

Step back in time with a private guided tour of Pompeii then enjoy a lazy afternoon in Sorrento

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Vatican Highlights Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Explore the Vatican before the crowds on an early morning private tour with your own expert guide

Skip the Line
Up to 10 % off

Skip the Line

Privileged Entrance Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip the line at the Colosseum, plus Arch of Titus, Temple of Julius Caesar, and more!

Private Tour

Private Tour

Rome Evening Cocktail Tour with Local Guide

Experience Rome’s cocktail culture as you stroll by the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trastevere!

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Full Day Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Get the ultimate in-depth Vatican experience with an extended private tour and expert local guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Basilicas of Rome Private Driving Tour

Uncover relics of Catholic history and three of Rome’s major churches with an expert local guide

Guided Tour
Up to 15 % off

Guided Tour

Half Day Electric Bike Tour of Rome

Join a local guide to see the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and so much more on this Rome e-bike tour

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum & Vatican Museums

See the best of Rome your way with a private guide at the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, and more!

Entry Ticket
Up to 37 % off

Entry Ticket

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tickets

Skip the line and gain quicker access to the Vatican so you can explore at your leisure

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the Vatican after hours with fewer crowds around

Skip the Line
Up to 10 % off

Skip the Line

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Vatican Highlights Combo Tour

Skip the line at two of Rome’s most iconic sites with Sistine Chapel and Palatine Hill included

Skip the Line
Up to 10 % off

Skip the Line

Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts

See St. Peter’s Basilica up close and climb the dome for the best views of Rome and the Vatican

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Rome City Driving Tour

See the best of Rome with the comfort of your own private vehicle and a dedicated local tour guide

Skip the Line
Up to 5 % off

Skip the Line

VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts

Experience Rome’s creepy underground tombs and eerie bone displays on this exclusive night tour

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

History of Christianity Tour with Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Catacombs

Step back into Catholic history at the Roman crypts and skip the line to see the Vatican treasures

New Tour

New Tour

Rome Sightseeing Tour by Golf Cart

Whiz through Rome to see the Colosseum, Vatican, Roman Forum, Oppian Hill, Tiber Island, and more!

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Family-Friendly Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy a boredom-free Vatican private tour that's perfect for kids, with treasure hunt and fun guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Privileged Entrance Colosseum with Rome Walking Tour

Skip the line at the Colosseum and Roman Forum then see the ancient history of Rome on a city tour

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Colosseum Arena Floor with Trastevere Local Food Tour Combo

Step through Gladiator's Gate then discover true Roman cuisine on this great value full day tour

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Ancient Rome Tour with Colosseum Arena Floor & Catacombs Tours

Explore the history of Rome and save money with our combined Colosseum, Forum, and Catacombs tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Half Day E-Bike Tour of Rome

Cycle through the Roman streets with ease to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and more!

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Rome Walking Tour with Pasta Making Class and Lunch

Get your dough on in an authentic Roman kitchen and see Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon

Skip the Line
Up to 15 % off

Skip the Line

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Trip

Travel to the Pope’s summer residence by train after an in-depth Vatican Gardens and museums tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Vatican Under the Stars Private Evening Tour with Sistine Chapel

Appreciate the Vatican masterpieces without the crowds on an after-hours tour with a private guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Catacombs Private Tour in Rome

Discover the mysterious Roman Catacombs, Capuchin Crypts, and Appian Way on an intimate private tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip from Rome

Private vehicle from Rome to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius with private guides

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Admire stunning Renaissance art most miss like Bernini's Rape of Proserpina & Apollo and Daphne

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

VIP Vatican Museums After-Hours Private Tour with Sistine Chapel

Experience the Vatican all to yourself with exclusive after-hours access and an expert private guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Family-Friendly Rome Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour

Bring the Colosseum to life on this interactive kids tour with a treasure hunt and fun local guide

Private Tour

Private Tour

Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Rome

Escape the city on a private journey through Umbria’s historic towns and taste its fine local wines

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Transfer from Rome to Amalfi Coast with Tour of Pompeii

Travel south in style with door-to-door service, and explore Italy’s lost city with a private guide

Private Tour

Private Tour

Tivoli Fountains & Hadrian's Villa Private Tour from Rome

Escape the city on a VIP private day trip to Tivoli, with Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Estate, and more!

Private Tour

Private Tour

Brunello di Montalcino Helicopter Tour from Rome or Florence

Take to the skies on the ultimate VIP Tuscany tour that includes wine tasting and a gourmet lunch

Skip the Line
Up to 5 % off

Skip the Line

Vatican Highlights with Rome Walking Tour

Explore the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, then see Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon, and more

Skip the Line
Up to 5 % off

Skip the Line

Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Local Trastevere Food Tour Combo

Book these two top-rated tours together for great savings and a truly unforgettable day in Rome!

Covid Test

Covid Test

Rome Rapid/Antigen Covid-19 Test

Reserve your travel-certified Covid-19 test online today

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Campidoglio and Capitoline Museums Tour

Discover a Top Collection of Ancient Roman Art with a Private Art Historian Guide

Private Tour

Private Tour

Piazza Navona Underground Ruins Tour with Palazzo Altemps

Admire the stunning Suicidal Gaul, Athlete at Rest, and more then see the ruins of Domitian' Stadium

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Palazzo Barberini Museum Tour with Art Historian Guide

See Judith Beheading Holofrenes, La Fornarina, and more inside this opulent 17th-century palace