Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective


Tour details:

  • Typology: Private tour
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Operating Days: Sun; Mon; Tue; Wed; Thu; Fri;
  • Meeting Point: Hotel or Synagogue entrance
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This tour will offer you the possibility of discovering the presence of Jewish culture in ancient Rome. You will see ancient Rome’s highlights from a different point of view, you will hear stories, you will find out about secrets and anecdotes about the Jews that you normally won’t find anywhere else.

The tour includes a visit to the Roman Forum, to the Colosseum and to the church of St. Pietro in Vincoli, which hosts one of Michelangelo’s most acclaimed masterpieces, the Moses.

In the Roman Forum you will see the famous Arch of Titus, a monument which commemorates the victory of Emperors Titus and Vespasian over Judea in 70 AD. The victory had as a result the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of its Jewish temple.

On the Arch are engraved 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 have always refused to pass under the Arch for centuries until the State of Israel was born: what happened then was that the whole Jewish community in Rome gathered in the Forum to pass under the Arch together.

The Colosseum was apparently 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 and the plundering army commanded by his son Titus. Thus did the conquest of Judea fund the most recognizable structure of imperial Rome.

The Moses depicts the Prophet holding the Tables of the Law and bearing horns on the head, a symbol of glorification and spiritual enlightenment. Its beauty and emotional power still attracts thousands of visitors and Jewish worshippers.