Our walk covers the Ghetto itself and the history of the Jewish community in Rome (the oldest in Europe). When possible, we will visit Rome’s main synagogue and its museum. We also visit such notable sites within the Ghetto as Portico d'Ottavia, Piazza Mattei, and the kosher restaurants and Jewish-owned businesses that give this area its character today.
Then, we will cross to Tiber Island, which, according to some theories, may be where the first activity in the city of Rome took place. We will spend some time discussing the river and some of the noteworthy monuments in the vicinity, including the remains of the Ponte Rotto and the travertine "prow of Aeneas' ship" embedded in the island.
We then cross over into Trastevere, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in Rome. Our course will take us past some important churches, including Santa Cecilia, which is built upon the ruins of an ancient (2nd century) Roman house, and Santa Maria in Trastevere, a titular church and one of the oldest Christian sites in the world.
If time allows, and interest among the group dictates, we may also visit S. Francesco a Ripa, where one of Bernini's most wonderful and least-visited statues rests.
This walk, though it takes on a different character depending on whether it’s led by an art or religions historian, always focuses on the idea of pluralism in Roman society and how minority, or outsider, groups like the early Christians and the Jews (throughout history) left their mark on the city.
In addition to landmarks and major monuments, we always spend quite a bit of time traversing back alleys and side streets in order to get a taste of this most exquisite and un-visited part of Rome.
Departures: 10:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This is a shared, small group (2-6 people) walking tour. Unless there are 6 people in your group, you may be touring with other travelers. If you would prefer a private tour, call ShoreTrips at 888-355-0220 or 414-964-2100.
- Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
- For several reasons, this tour may run a bit longer than planned, and we recommend that you not schedule another activity immediately after this one. This can occur because Rome, in certain seasons, sees large numbers of visitors. In addition, because this tour is tailored to the interests of those taking it, as well as the scholar guide, the itinerary is not always exactly the same.
- This tour does not include the synagogue admission fee of €10 per person, which must be paid at the time of your visit.
- Please keep in mind that the tour price is exclusive of entrance fees. This is not a typical tour, and often the guide will veer off course and take in additional relevant sites, as determined by the course the discussion takes. Because of this, we cannot determine, ahead of time, every cost that might be incurred on the tour.