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A perfect introduction for first-time visitors and a great refresher for returning ones, this tour will help get you oriented to Rome’s labyrinth of streets. See the eternal city’s famous landmarks in one go led by an expert guide
... much more than a highlights tour, discover a neighborhood!
Duration: 3 hours
This tour runs every day at 09:30 and 16:00
Rome’s Jewish Ghetto was established in 1555 by Pope Paul IV for the 5,000 Jews that lived in Rome at the time. The formerly walled quarter sits close to the river Tiber, and today is one of the most fascinating neighborhoods of the city.
Our 3 hour Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto walking tour starts in Trastevere. Already a Regio under emperor Augustus (Trans – Tiberim, literally across the Tiber), Trastevere has retained its medieval winding streets and narrow alleyways which, together with its piazzas, give the area a picturesque charm.
We will visit some of Rome’s most important churches such as the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere (one of the most ancient Christian sites of the city), San Francesco a Ripa (with Bernini’s Beata Ludovica Albertoni) and Santa Cecilia (built right on the site where the Patron saint had her house).
We will then cross the river, on to the Tiber island. From here we will enjoy the best view of the so-called Ponte Rotto (the most ancient stone bridge in Rome).
Leaving the island behind, we will enter what was once the Jewish Ghetto. Here, we will learn about the history of the Roman Jews and how their presence influenced the culture of Rome, and shaped this area of the city.
Our experienced guide will point out Jewish-owned businesses, kosher restaurants, and traditional shops and cafes in both areas.
This tour with Walks in Europe is an intimate visit that takes only a small number of people. Rome Trastevere walking tour can be enjoyed with several departures in the day depending on the season, ending right on time for lunch or supper.
You can enjoy these meals in these areas, do ask your guide for recommendations and what and where to eat.
We meet at Piazza Trilussa. You will see steps at the Piazza and there’s newspaper stand just next to these steps.
Your guide will be at the newspaper stand. This Piazza is on the Trastevere side of Ponte Sisto.