Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective

Jewish Rome Tours

Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective

Decipher the Roman Empire's Jewish history through the monuments of the ancient capital.

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  • Duration

    3 hours

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Why Choose it?

  • Learn the shocking history of the Colosseum and its construction.
  • See scenes from the Roman-Jewish war on the Arch of Titus.
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterful Moses in San Pietro in Vincoli.

Tour description

Our Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective Tour takes you on a journey discovering Jewish culture through the ancient capital's enduring monuments. Your private tour will provide a different perspective on Rome's most iconic landmarks. From the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, we'll embark on a journey rich in stories, anecdotes, and secrets not shared on any other Jewish tour in Rome. 

Our first stop in the Roman Forum will be the famous Arch of Titus. This monument commemorates the victory of the emperors Titus and Vespasian over Judea in 70 AD. The victory had considerable consequences, not least the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of its Jewish temple.

Engravings on the arch show some of the spoils taken from the Temple of Jerusalem, among which the Golden Candelabra and the Gold Trumpets. Because of this terrible defeat, Roman Jews refused to pass under the Arch for centuries. It was only when the State of Israel was born that the whole Jewish community in Rome gathered in the Forum to pass under the Arch together.

The Colosseum was financed by the plundered booty from the Jewish Revolt. Vespasian faced a serious deficit when he became emperor, but the spoils of war from Judea - the riches of the Temple treasury, the golden vessels from the Temple, the seized personal treasures of Jewish citizens and the sale of Jewish captives themselves - provided enormous wealth for the emperor. Thus did the conquest of Judea fund the most recognizable structure of imperial Rome.

Our last stop is the church of San Pietro in Vincoli where we'll be visiting Michelangelo's famous Moses. The statue's beauty and emotional power still attracts thousands of visitors and Jewish worshippers. So it makes a fitting finale for this private Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective Tour. 


Skip-the-line entrance
Licensed tour guide


  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • Saint Peter's in Chain

Kids friendly:

This tour is kids friendly, your children are welcome

meeting point:

Hotel lobby or Colosseo Metro Station

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