There is a neighborhood in Rome still known by the population that called it home in the 16th century. The Roman Jewish Ghetto, formally established in 1555, was where Jews in Rome were forced to live after that year, although Jews had lived in the city for centuries. The city erected walls around the ghetto, and they were torn down only after the ghetto was officially abolished in 1882.

Despite this unhappy history, this part of Rome is now a relatively popular tourist destination. The former Jewish Ghetto is still a center of Jewish life in Rome - the city’s synagogue is here, and this is where you’ll find restaurants, markets, and butchers serving and selling Kosher food products. In fact, in the spring when artichokes are in season, this is the part of the city where you’ll find Rome’s famous “carciofi alla giudia,” or Jewish-style artichokes.

Rome’s synagogue was built in the late 19th century, which is only open for services, but which also houses the Jewish Museum of Rome. Some of the displays contain fragments of synagogues and ghettos from elsewhere in Europe, while others showcase Jewish history in the city of Rome.

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Small-Group Rome Food Walking Tour: Trastevere, Campo de' Fiori and Jewish Ghetto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Jostle with locals for the best food in town on this 3.5-hour small-group food tour of Rome! Focusing on the most exciting gourmet haunts in up-and-coming ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.00

Trastevere and Rome's Jewish Ghetto Half-Day Walking Tour

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Escape Rome's crowds to explore parts of the historic center that most tourists don't get to visit. You'll enjoy a leisurely stroll through the fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.84

Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome

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The Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome offers you the best panoramic views of the city from Aventine Hill, the Janiculum Hill, the Capitoline Hill and more. You will ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.81

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