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Trastevere and the Jewish Quarter Small Group Tour

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Duration

3 hours

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Group Size

Max 15

Meeting Point

Client’s Hotel

Trastevere and Beyond: An Exploration of Rome's Jewish Legacy

Immerse yourself in the heart of Rome with an exclusive, small group tour exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish history that flows like an undercurrent through the city’s cultural narrative. This intimate journey is designed for those who crave a deeper understanding of the layers that constitute Rome’s identity, beyond the widely celebrated Roman Catholic grandeur.

Your semi-private tour begins with the evocative ruins of the Teatro Marcello, colloquially known as the ‘Jewish Colosseum’. Interestingly, this ancient theatre, commissioned by Julius Caesar and completed by Augustus, had a seating capacity of about 11,000 in its prime.

Take a moment to admire the whimsical Fountain of Turtles, a silent symbol of a community’s resilience and the unbroken continuity of Rome’s Jewish heritage. A brief amble away, the Tiber Island awaits, a diminutive yet historically significant part of the city’s vibrant story.

Cross the bridge into Trastevere and experience the effervescent life of an open market, a bustling microcosm of Rome’s diversity. Here, you will not only taste the freshest produce Italy has to offer but also feast upon rich, generational stories that each vendor is eager to share.

Enjoy the luxury of an expert guide dedicated to you, providing in-depth knowledge, and engaging in enriching conversations that shed light on a lesser-known but equally vibrant facet of Rome’s history.

Children under 7 years of age – Free

Piazza Venezia
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Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia, a captivating square in the heart of Rome, bears witness to the intersection of power and history.

 

In more recent times, this distinguished square became the stage for two significant residences, each leaving an indelible mark on the city's narrative. Napoleon's Residence, within the Palazzo Venezia, evokes the memory of the enigmatic conqueror who left an indelible imprint on Europe's destiny. In the 20th century, Mussolini, the charismatic leader of Fascist Italy, transformed the Palazzo Venezia into his own residence and seat of power. From the balcony overlooking the piazza, his fiery speeches echoed through the city, rallying the faithful and leaving an enduring imprint on the collective memory.

Tiber Island
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Tiber Island

Tiber Island, or Isola Tiberina, is a charming oasis nestled in the heart of Rome. Enveloped by the flowing Tiber River, this boat-shaped island brims with centuries of lore and history.

 

Home to the ancient Temple of Asclepius, a symbol of healing, and the picturesque Basilica of St. Bartholomew, it encapsulates Rome's layered past. Now, the island serves as a hub of Roman life, with its charming summer cinema, small shops, and bustling eateries.

Teatro Marcello
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Teatro Marcello

Teatro Marcello, nestled within Rome's ancient cityscape, is a striking archaeological vestige commissioned by Julius Caesar and completed by Augustus.

 

This massive, semi-circular edifice, often dubbed the 'Jewish Colosseum', once seated approximately 11,000 spectators. 

Amid the urban hustle, it stands as an evocative monument, whispering tales of historical grandeur, cultural intersections, and the resilience of Rome's oldest Jewish community.

Jewish Quarter
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Jewish Quarter

Rome's Jewish Quarter, also known as the Roman Ghetto, is a compelling blend of history, culture, and resilience. Once an enforced enclave, today it's an embodiment of Rome's richly interwoven narratives.

 

The quarter's narrow, cobblestone lanes unfold a myriad of stories, revealed in its age-old architecture, vibrant synagogues, and poignant memorials. The district's enduring spirit reflects in its thriving Kosher eateries and bakeries, preserving centuries-old culinary traditions.

Fountain of Turtles
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Fountain of Turtles

The Fountain of Turtles, or Fontana delle Tartarughe, is a charming gem nestled in Rome's Jewish Quarter.

 

Commissioned in the late 16th century, four bronzed youths, each elegantly poised, appear to assist tiny turtles into the basin above. The turtles, a later addition by Bernini, have since become synonymous with the fountain's identity.

Piazza Sidney Sonnino
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Piazza Sidney Sonnino

Piazza Sidney Sonnino, situated in the vibrant Trastevere district, is a bustling square steeped in the eclectic spirit of Rome. Named after an eminent Italian statesman, this lively spot teems with life at all hours. Its central location makes it a nexus of activity, where locals gather at quaint cafes or on benches under leafy trees. Nearby, the historic Church of San Crisogono stands guard, adding a touch of solemnity to the piazza's lively atmosphere.

Santa Maria in Trastevere
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Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of Rome's oldest and most beloved churches, steeped in timeless elegance.

Nestled in the heart of the Trastevere district, its storied facades and magnificent bell tower preside over the vibrant piazza. Inside, golden mosaics illuminate the hallowed interiors, narrating biblical tales with a luminous majesty.

Its famed octagonal fountain sits serenely in the front, a testament to ancient Roman architecture. Every corner resonates with echoes of devotion and artistry.

Piazza San Cosimato
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Piazza San Cosimato

Did you know that Piazza San Cosimato is also a popular location for film and TV? This quaint piazza has been used as a backdrop for numerous Italian films and television series, testament to its authentic Roman charm and the picturesque quality of the Trastevere neighborhood.

 

This makes a visit here not just a simple stroll through a marketplace or a square, but a step into the living narrative of Italian culture, both historical and contemporary.

Tour Highlights

  • Expert Insights at your Pace: Enjoy insightful exploration of Rome's rich Jewish heritage.
  • Personalized & Efficient: Experience authentic Rome, beyond traditional tourist sites.
  • Full Assistance & Comfort: Receive undivided attention from an expert historian guide for in-depth knowledge.

  • Customized tour tailored to your preferences.
  • Headsets available.
  • The option for the guide to meet you at your hotel upon request.
  • Engaging, well-groomed guides to enhance your tour.
  • Transportation costs to and from the tour's meeting point.
  • Water or lunch during the tour.
  • Tips or gratuity for the guide.

This tour is also available as

3 hours

English

Tour's Location

Where does the tour start and end?
  • The tour commences at Piazza Venezia, or in your Hotel on request.

How many people can join this tour?
  • The tour requires a minimum of 2 people per booking to be conducted.
  • The tour/activity is designed to accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

 

What should I wear?
  • Comfortable shoes, such as sneakers with cushioned insoles, are highly recommended for walking.
  • Both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees when visiting churches.

 

What should I bring?
  • Sunscreen and a hat (in sunny weather)
  • A light jacket or layers (in cooler months)
  • A small bag to carry your belongings
  • Cash or credit card for entrance fees, souvenirs, or food

 

What is not allowed?
  • Large bags, backpacks, but a baggage check is available.
  • Food and drinks
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Smoking

 

Is the tour physically demanding?

This tour involves walking, along with the option of public transport. Visitors with mobility issues may find the tour challenging.

Tips

We recommend you book one month in advance especially during peak season.

 

Know before you go

Public transport can be used in some parts of this tour.

 

What is the cancellation policy?
  • For a full refund, tours must be cancelled at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled start time.
  • If a tour is cancelled between 72 and 24 hours before the tour, only the balance amount will be refunded, and the ticket fee will be retained.
  • No refund will be issued for tours cancelled within 24 hours or less of the scheduled start time.

 

from €110,00

Please book the tour a month in advance

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