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Why Choose It?
- Learn the shocking history of the Colosseum and its construction.
- Discover scenes from Jewish history on the Arch of Titus and in the Roman Forum.
- Analyze the intricacies in Moses by Michelangelo.
Our Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective tour takes you on a journey of discovery as we seek out traces of Jewish history on the enduring monuments of the ancient capital. Your immersive, semi-private tour will equip you with an all-new perspective on Rome’s most iconic landmarks, feeding your curiosity as you explore the ancient capital with an expert, private guide.
This Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective tour takes you through the ancient sites in Rome where the Jewish legacy is felt the strongest. From the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the church of St. Peter in Chains, you’ll embark on a journey rich in stories, anecdotes, and secrets not shared on any other Jewish tour in Rome.
Start your Ancient Rome tour at the iconic Colosseum
Financed by booty plundered from Jerusalem and its Temple, the Colosseum is inextricably bound to the Jewish history of Rome. Stepping straight inside the Colosseum with skip-the-line tickets, you’ll explore it with your guide as they recount the fascinating story of its construction.
Few people know that the Roman conquest of Judea funded the most recognizable structure of imperial Rome. Your Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective will nourish you will a wealth of knowledge allowing you to view the Colosseum from an entirely different angle.
Our first stop in the Roman Forum will be the famous Arch of Titus
As you enter the Roman Forum, you’ll pass by a monument commemorating 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.
Our last stop is the church of Saint Peter in Chains
Here 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 your semi-private Ancient Rome from a Jewish Perspective tour.
Itinerary:ColosseumArch of TitusRoman ForumMoses by MichelangeloArch of Constantine
Included:Licensed tour guideSkip-the-line entrances
Wheelchair accessible:Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to request a private tour.
Meeting Point:In front of the Church of Saint Peter in Chains
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Terrific Trastevere Food Tour with Luca! Luca took my wife and myself on a wonderful food tour through Trastevere. The things we saw and ate and learned were excellent. The best part was Luca's friendly nature.... read moreLuca took my wife and myself on a wonderful food tour through Trastevere. The things we saw and ate and learned were excellent. The best part was Luca's friendly nature. By the end of the evening we felt that we had spent a nice time with a new friend. read less - 10/03/2022
- Darren R
A must do experience This cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through... read moreThis cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through the market to pick out some of the ingredients, the meats and such. Then we went back to their excellent small group kitchen. We had a wonderful time learning from Sara. She taught us to make ravioli and saltimbocca and tiramisu. It was fun and relaxed and extremely delicious. We thought the whole experience was splendid. 10 out of 10. read less - 9/26/2022
Best Food Tour We Took! My fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of... read moreMy fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of different food and even returned to one of the restaurants later in the week. The tour groups are kept small, so our group easily got to know each other throughout the tour. We were especially pleased with how accommodating it was: My fiance is a vegetarian and can be a bit of a picky eater, so he had low expectations going in and this ended up being his favorite activity all week! We actually had a couple of vegetarians in our group and there was always an equally hearty substitute whenever necessary. Super pleased with this experience and with Luca! Best part of our week! read less - 9/21/2022
- Emily W
Worth every penny. What an evening! This was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and... read moreThis was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and get to know other travellers. The small group size made it much more personal and conversation flowed all evening! Sara (our guide) was absolutely amazing - so friendly and chatty, and so full of knowledge about the local food and Rome/Trastevere's history. She could not have been better.
I'll be coming back to Rome and will definitely be booking this again. Thank you so much, Sara, for making my first trip to Rome that much better! read less - 9/21/2022
Delicious food from fabulous foody Luca Boccia was PHENOMENAL!
His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our... read moreLuca Boccia was PHENOMENAL!
His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our time together unforgettable.
Most appreciated was his offer to remain a resource for the duration of our visit with DELICIOUS recommendations off the tourist path.
Well done Luca!!! read less - 9/11/2022
A Must Do Tour of Sistine Chapel Amazing! This was my third time to the Vatican but this time I took my adult/teen children and wife and we used a tour guide. It was a... read moreAmazing! This was my third time to the Vatican but this time I took my adult/teen children and wife and we used a tour guide. It was a small group of 9. Just 2 families. She was great. She does this 4 days a week and all the guards knew her by name. If you want to see the Sistine Chapel, then you have to go early. We were one of the first to enter and with her connections basically did not wait on anything. We also entered a section in the Vatican Museums usually off limits to the public, a section with many animal statues and other mosaics. She gave us so much history and culture. My children said it was AP World History made real. You could tell she truly loved what she did. read less - 8/29/2022
Best tour ever. Martha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was... read moreMartha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was a very hot summer day and she always looks for ways to give us the information under the shade before we went into the sun. I highly recommend this company and Martha as well. It was very easy to make the reservation and pay. We took the private tour and was perfect. 3 hours that feel like Half hour . We didn’t do any limes to get into the places. Know that if you go by yourself or in other yours you could be up to 2 hours under the sun to get into the coliseum or forum. I highly recommend the private tour. read less - 8/05/2022
Great Food Stroll with Luca We did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour... read moreWe did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour and Luca!! read less - 7/30/2022