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Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

1. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of one of Rome’s most well-kept secrets, the neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your friendly and professional tour guide at Trajan's Column in the center of Rome and begin your journey into the history of one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. Explore architecture and neighborhoods from 2000 years ago. Pass by the Theater of Marcellus, and the Portico d’Ottavia to see some of the ancient structures still being used today. Your guide will take you to a Gelateria where you will be treated to homemade Kosher gelato. From here you will go to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Then pass by the last remaining piece of the wall that kept the Jewish community in this area for centuries. You will learn about the tumultuous past and resilience of Rome’s Jews as you pass the Great Synagogue. Next, cross the oldest functioning bridge in Rome as you go onto Tiber Island. Listen to the stories about the hospital saving people during WWII as well as the story of Asclepius at the temple, now a church. Your guide will bring history to life for you as you conclude your tour here on the island.

Rome: Private Highlights Tour by Golf Cart

2. Rome: Private Highlights Tour by Golf Cart

Experience the very best of the Eternal City on a private golf cart tour. Begin your visit in the morning, afternoon, or evening by meeting your expert tour guide at the local partner's office.  Set off to discover the great highlights and the hidden gems Rome has to offer. Start the tour in the city center and customize your itinerary based on your personal preferences. Led by your passionate guide, hit all the major highlights including Piazza Venezia and the impressive Vittoriano, the Trevi Fountain – where you can throw a coin into the water to ensure your return to Rome – and the Spanish Steps, the heart of the glamorous shopping district.  Head then to Piazza Navona, with the amazing Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Visit the Pantheon to admire the greatest work of Roman architecture, followed by a stop at Campo de Fiori to visit the food market.  Afterward, explore the best of Ancient Rome, the iconic Colosseum, the majestic Imperial Forum, and the massive remains of the Caracalla Bathhouse.  Stop for a coffee break on the way to the next attractions, and learn interesting stories about the Eternal city and its inhabitants. End your tour at your hotel or anywhere within the city center.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

3. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Go in search of Europe's oldest Jewish community accompanied by a professional guide and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Join your guide as you stroll through the narrow lanes of the remaining parts of the old Ghetto around Portico d’Ottavia. Retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city, from ancient times to the modern-day. Hear the tragic tale of how the Roman Jews were rounded up in the Ghetto to be sent to Auschwitz and see the brass cobblestones installed as a memorial to the Holocaust victims. Learn about Roman-Jewish cuisine and take the opportunity to sample traditional foods such as fried artichokes or an authentic sour cherry cake. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the largest in Europe. End your tour in Piazza Mattei at the Turtle Fountain.

Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

4. Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

Freedom is the key! Our open-top panoramic buses allow you to enjoy a spectacular view of the most iconic monuments of the Eternal City. All you have to do is jump on board and relax, listen to the audio commentary and get on and off at any of the eight stops available along the route. The 8 stops are Termini Station, Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum Archaeological Area, Circus Maximus - Mouth of Truth, Piazza Venezia, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Castel Sant'Angelo, Spanish Steps, Piazza Barberini, and Trevi Fountain. The bus ticket included in the deal will be valid for 24 hours. The bus will make eight stops and will provide you with an onboard audio commentary in 13 languages. The combination with a guided walking tour of Rome's Ghetto makes it the ideal way to pass through much of the city centre in a day. A professional guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point, which will be located next to the indicated stop of our pink buses, to show you some stunning corners of the city. Tour of the Jewish Ghetto of Rome When you think of Rome's history and its great empire, you can't help but think that this wonderful city is the epitome of history itself. But Rome is great and generous even within itself. Of the old homes where thousands of Jews were isolated for centuries, almost nothing remains today. However, as you walk through the alleys of the ghetto, full of monuments, buildings, streets and in the eyes of some of the descendants of those who lived here in the past, you will find that inheritance still lives within them today. Visit one of Rome's most fascinating neighbourhoods with us and discover the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Walk with our guide through the alleys of the Ghetto and discover traces of Imperial Rome such as the Theatre of Marcellus or Portico of Octavia. We will retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city of Rome, from ancient to modern times, without ever forgetting the victims of the Holocaust, of which the "stumbling stones" (concrete cubes bearing a brass plate) fixed into the floor are a tangible testimony. You will also have the chance to discover the typical recipes of traditional Jewish-Roman cuisine, such as delicious artichokes “alla giudia”, or the tart with ricotta cheese and sour cherries. During this wonderful walk, you will admire the 19th-century synagogue and end your visit with the sound of the water of the Renaissance turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei.

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What people are saying about Fontana delle Tartarughe

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Amazing! The electric golf cart tour is the way to go especially in the Summer. We saw everything and the tour guide was phenomenal. He was enough history and info without being awkward and he definitely vibes with people to do what you want. Hands down the best tour and way to see the city. This was a great way to kick start Rome and from there you can pick a few sites to go back and further explore. I really can’t say enough and give this 5 stars. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. The golf cart allowed easy access and got places the cars can’t but quicker than walking. Book it! Do it! No regrets!

The tour was interesting and informative in an area of history not as well known. Having visited Rome many times, touring an area of the city somewhat off the beaten path was wonderful: We had the good fortune to have James as our guide and it couldn’t have been better. Grazie mille!

Very informative and detailed. Walking through the streets of the Jewish ghetto and learning the history was definitely unreal. So much beautiful history very touching .

This tour provides an excellent overview of the sites to see. It’s perfect for travelers who are trying to orient themselves to Rome. Our guide was fantastic!

Not your usual tourist stop but immensly interesting our guide was a real expert.