Jewish Ghetto & Synagogue Tour

Jewish Rome Tours

Jewish Ghetto & Synagogue Tour

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    3 hours

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Tour description

A member of the Jewish community in Rome will take you to see the historic Jewish ghetto.

A guided tour of the Jewish Museums in Rome, the main Synagogue – the largest in Rome -  and the Ghetto with its beautiful Fontana delle Tartarughe, the Portico d’Ottavia and other medieval buildings.

The Ghetto was established in1555. It was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870. In the Ghetto Jews were confined in a walled area - often subject to floods of the nearby river - with three gates that were locked at night. Not only were the Jews confined, they were also subject to professional and economic restrictions.

You will hear about 22 centuries of Jewish Roman history, shared with humor, knowledge and passion.

It is a common misconception that Rome is a Christian city. There are more Jewish sights in Rome than one would imagine. Roman Jews have even preserved their own dialect – the Giudeo-romanesco – with its 16th century dialectical forms and a free use of  “romanized” Hebrew words!

The ghetto is also full of restaurants offering delicious Jewish-Roman dishes, like the famous fried artichokes, the “carciofi alla giudia”. A visit to a classic Jewish bakery is a must when in Rome.


Jewish Tour Guide


  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Jewish Museum
  • Synagogue

meeting point:

Via del Portico D'Ottavia, 02 (in front of the Bar Totò), 2 streets behind the Synagogue

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This tour is also available as a Shared Tour!

Attractions & Highlights

Jewish Ghetto

Rome is often mistaken as only a Christian city, though before St. Peter arrived, Jews inhabited Rome.

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