JEWISH GHETTO AND TRASTEVERE

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A distinct testimony to the millenary Jewish presence in the city, the area of the Ghetto is still a reference point for the Jewish community that has lived in Rome since the end of the Republic. Classical Buildings, medieval churches and charming historical locations can be observed while some tragic narratives hang in the air in this fascinating neighbourhood. Located between the River Tiber and the Capitoline Hill, the area of the Sant’Angelo neighbourhood has been the Jewish Ghetto for centuries, established by Pope Paul IV in 1555. In reality, the Jewish presence in Rome can be traced back to the Classical age, even though only in the medieval period did the community become permanently established in this part of the city that is distinguished by the majestic ruins of the Porticus Octaviae and the Theatre of Marcellus, at that time the location of one of the most lively fish markets in Rome. In the mid 16th century, as noted above, the Pope decided to force the Jews to reside only in this area, which was closed off by walls and gates that were only opened at pre-established times. Today, little remains of the ancient Ghetto which was destroyed at the end of the 19th century, but roaming some of its streets it is still possible to feel the atmosphere of that time, see the old folks chatting outside the front doors to their homes, sniff the smells from the bakeries that prepare traditional cakes and imagine the tough conditions in such a crowded and populated neighbourhood. Everything tells a story in this neighbourhood, every street sign, every inscription refers to an important event, unfortunately these were often tragic, such as the deportation, on the 16th October 1943, of 2091 Roman Jews, many of whom were never to return home. A significant landmark is the Jewish Museum and Synagogues, built at the beginning of the 20th century, which soon became the symbol of the neighbourhood. After visiting the Museum and two Sinagogues, the tour continues in Trastevere, a neighbourhood that has retained its genuine atmosphere and its interesting and evocative sights: here, between the shrines to the Madonna and the pizzerias we will walk to the Basilica of Santa Maria, symbol of the neighbourhood, to discover the legend behind its construction and admire the extraordinary works of art that fill it. These include the mosaics of the apse and others, further along, by Pietro Cavallini, one of the greatest Italian artists of the medieval period.

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Starts: 9:30 or 15:00

Ends: 12:30 or 18:00

Duration: 3 hours

 

 

Group: Max 6 adults

Private: Max 6 adults

Group Price: NA

 

Private Price: 255€

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