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Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

1. Rome: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Tuck into Rome's iconic street food on a guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter or Trastevere. Learn about local food with five tastings and try delicacies, such as pizza, supplì, and seasonal dishes. Choose between a tour of Trastevere or a tour of the Jewish Quarter, two of Rome's most picturesque districts with group and private tour options available. With your guide, learn about Rome’s history through its most beloved street food. If you've chosen the Trastevere tour, meet your guide on Tiber Island and soak up its unique atmosphere before entering Trastevere. Step into vibrant squares, such as Piazza Santa Maria, and indulge in popular street food, from cheesy supplì to delicious cannoli. If you've chosen the tour of the Jewish Quarter, head to the lively Campo De' Fiori square where one of the oldest open-air markets takes place every morning. Then, follow your guide to Rome's Jewish Quarter and see highlights, including the Portico of Octavia and the Turtle Fountain. Throughout both tours, enjoy five tastings with some wine and beer. Finally, make your way to an ice cream shop for a much-deserved treat. Both tours finish on a sweet note with the perfect Italian gelato.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

2. 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: 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: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

4. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Explore the Trastevere neighborhood and Rome's Jewish ghetto on a walking tour. Experience the medieval Trastevere neighborhood and learn about the history of Rome's Jews. Start your tour in Trastevere, once home to wealthy Etruscans. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and San Francesco a Ripa. Continue to the Jewish ghetto to learn about the Jewish history of Rome. See the former walled quarter, walk past Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants, and listen to stories about the Synagogue of Rome.  See the Porticus Octavia, one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which stands right in the middle of Piazza Mattei, and also visit the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome.

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

5. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Self-Guided Tour

Learn the history of Rome's Jewish community in the former Jewish Ghetto and discover the Trastevere district on a self guided audio tour. Start your self-guided experience walking through the quaint avenues of Trastevere. Admire the famous Basilica of Santa Maria. Continue on to the Jewish Ghetto, located near the Tiber River. Pass through the iconic Isola Tiberina and stroll down charming streets. See the Great Synagogue, the symbol of the emancipation of the Jewish community in Rome. Learn about the history of the Roman Jewish community during the Roman Republic. Use your smartphone to listen to audio commentary about the areas you're visiting. Enjoy an opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of one of the oldest communities in Europe.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

6. Rome: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Small Group Tour

Explore the fascinating former Jewish Ghetto and picturesque Trastevere neighborhood of Rome on a 2 hour tour, limited to 6 participants. Located next to the River Tiber, Rome’s Jewish neighborhood is the oldest in the western world. Rich in architecture and history, your walk follows in the footsteps of Roman citizens, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Embark on your journey through this incredible neighborhood rich in culture and history, and explore the Basilica of Santa Maria. Next, go to Isola Tiberina in the middle of the River Tiber, and learn how this was the site of the Jewish Ghetto in Ancient Rome. Your guide will take you to the open-air Teatro Marcello, built towards the end of the Roman Republic. Marvel at the Portico d’Ottavia, which once enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue of Rome, still at the heart of Jewish life in Rome. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

7. Rome: Trastevere Jewish Quarter Private Walking Tour

Learn about Jewish life in Rome on a private walking tour that uncovers a more hidden side to the “Eternal City,” and explore the area the Romans referred to as the Jewish Ghetto. Focused on the picturesque Trastevere and Isola Tiberina, you'll be sure to enjoy this vibrant neighborhood so rich in culture. Located next to the River Tiber, Rome’s Jewish neighborhood is the oldest in the western world. Rich in architecture and history, your walk follows in the footsteps of Roman citizens, beginning in a Piazza where you can find many young local Romans today gathering - Piazza Trilussa. Continue through Trastevere and get lost in a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets. From the Roman Republic to the end of the Middle Ages, Trastevere was the center of the Jewish community in Rome. Your guide will tell fascinating stories about a peaceful neighborhood that becomes the center of Roman nightlife in the evening. See some of Rome’s oldest churches, including the Basilica di Santa Maria with its golden mosaics. Cross the Tiber to Isola Tiberina, and learn some of the secrets of Rome's origins. Take a short detour to the open-air theater of the Teatro Marcello, and see what remains of the walls of the ancient temples of the Portico d'Ottavia. Once in the Jewish Ghetto, your guide will show you the modest squares and small alleyways that define the area. A hidden treasure today, it was once home to a walled community that lived under unjust conditions in tremendous poverty. See the Great Synagogue of Rome at the heart of the Ghetto. Although the tour only visits the Synagogue from the outside, it’s easily accessible if you wish to go inside after your tour. Before you finish your tour, savor your experience with a delicious coffee or gelato on us!

Rome: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour

8. Rome: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour

Explore an authentic side of Rome away from the crowds on a guided city highlights tour. Visit the bustling Trastevere neighborhood and the historic Jewish Quarter, and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Meet your guide in Piazza della Suburra and start your tour in the famous Rione Monti district. Explore this charming neighborhood with narrow streets, hidden alleys, and picturesque pedestrian squares, also known as "the last village of Rome". Continue to Tiber Island and admire the unique views of the city from the river. Next, make your way to Trastevere, one of Rome's liveliest districts. Follow your guide through hidden squares and visit off-the-beaten-track gems. Finally, arrive at the Jewish Quarter and discover the origins of Rome's Jewish community. Explore this vibrant neighborhood with its colorful shops, Jewish-Roman cuisine, and the impressive Great Synagogue of Rome.

3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

9. 3-Hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

The Trastevere neighborhood offers a pleasant diversion from the heavily touristed historic center of Rome. It is largely residential, and characterized by narrow, cobbled streets, medieval-era structures, and a large university student population. As you explore Trastevere on this 3-hour tour you’ll find an impressive selection of restaurants, bars, and cafés that are frequented by locals. Explore the boutiques and studios for some unique gifts. Trastevere literally means beyond the Tiber, and it was originally connected to the main city of Rome by a tiny wooden bridge. Immigrants, mainly Jews and Syrians, arrived from the East and settled in the area. The center of public life in the neigbhorhood is the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, a large square outside of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the city's oldest churches and one of the most visited in Rome. Visit the site of Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, which is located near the Tiber in an area surrounded by today's Via del Portico d'Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso, and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto. In Italian, the ghetto was called Serraglio delli Ebrei, which mean the enclosure of the Jews. See the Synagogue of Rome in what is today a charming area, known for its restaurants and some of the best food in Rome.

Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

10. Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

Enjoy a completely private and premium tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome. Wander the quaint cobbled streets at your own pace, ask burning questions, and learn the history, food, and beauty of the area. Discover an ancient community rich with culture and strength. Walk through the enchanting neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your private guide in the heart of Rome at the bottom of the Campidoglio steps. Find ancient structures still very much in use at the Theater of Marcellus and the Portico d'Ottavia. Admire the brilliant mix of ancient and modernism in the quarter. Walk the central street lined with restaurants, bakeries, and shops, and pick a spot to come back and try some Kosher Italian food on your own later. Try some handmade Kosher gelato, treat of your guide, before continuing the tour. Next, head to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Hear the spectacular tale of its single-day construction. Wander the cobbled streets that lead to the Great Synagogue and pass by the magnificent structure that celebrates the Jews in Rome and learn its important history. Cross the oldest bridge in Rome and arrive onto Tiber Island and learn of the Greek god Asclepius who came to Rome and landed on the island. Ask your guide for tips and suggestions for food and lifestyle in the Eternal City, and venture out on your own.

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We loved this tour! We did it on our first night in Rome. We went to 5 different restaurants where they brought food out to you, and got to have some wine and beer at 2 of the stops. Our tour guide was wonderful (I can’t remember her name!). We still went out after to get more food because we were hungry after not eating for a while earlier in the day. Overall it was great to tour around and try some classic Roman food!

The tour was excellent!!! The tour guide, Monica, was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and fun!!! We were late for the tour and she went above and beyond to locate us so we could join the group. The tour included wonderful history of Trastevere and delicious food samplings!!

Really good tour to immerse yourself in Italian culture, history and good food. Our guide, Monica, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. She didn’t just talk about the food - she also gave useful tips for us tourists. Highly recommend!

The tour was fabulous!! You truly get a great combination of history of the Jewish Ghetto area as well a delicious tastings of local foods! Francesca was a fabulous guide. She was very thorough, knowledgeable, and professional!!!

This tour was a great way to sample local street food and learn about the history of Trastevere and the Jewish ghetto. Monica was engaging, friendly and knowledgeable. She was the perfect person for this tour.