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Roman Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto Ebraico di Roma) Tours

Though Rome’s Jewish Ghetto no longer officially exists (it was abolished in 1882), the neighborhood is still the center of Rome’s Jewish community, the oldest in Italy. The city’s 19th-century synagogue— home to the Jewish Museum of Rome— is here, as are winding lanes lined with kosher restaurants, markets, and butchers.

Like many cities in Europe, Rome required its Jewish residents to live in a separate, walled-off neighborhood during the Middle Ages. The Roman Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto Ebraico di Roma) was established in 1555, when the city erected walls around this area in the historic center; these barriers were torn down only after the ghetto was abolished in 1882. Today, despite its unhappy history, the Jewish Ghetto is now one of Rome’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

The Basics
Walking tours focused on the city’s Jewish life and food tours highlighting the neighborhood’s cuisine are excellent ways to discover the history and culture of this unique corner of Rome. You can also book a private tour of the area, allowing for customized experiences for those with limited mobility, food allergies, or other requirements or preferences. For even more insight into Jewish Rome, the synagogue’s museum has a curated collection of documents and artifacts related to local Jewish history. 

In addition to its Jewish cultural sights, the Ghetto is home to a number of ancient ruins—the Portico of Octavia (Portico d’Ottavia or Porticus Octaviae) and the Theatre of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello) are the most significant— and the iconic Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) marble mask at the Basilica of St. Mary in Cosmedin (Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin), made famous in the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most small-group Jewish Ghetto tours are on foot or by bike, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • The Jewish Ghetto is located near Rome’s bustling Campo de’ Fiori outdoor market, and many group tours include visits to both.

How to Get There
The Jewish Ghetto is in Rione Sant’Angelo, directly across the Tiber River from the Trastevere neighborhood and not far from the Roman Forum. There are no metro stops near the Ghetto, but a number of city bus lines connect it with the train station and other parts of the city.

When to Get There
A Rome tour focused on the Jewish Ghetto is best scheduled when the neighborhood businesses are open; many close for the Sabbath from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset.

The Turtle Fountain
The Eternal City is known for its dozens of beautiful fountains, and one of the prettiest is the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in the ghetto’s Piazza Mattei. Dating from the late Renaissance, this small fountain’s original dolphin decorations were replaced by turtles due to low water pressure, resulting in the endearing version we see today.

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

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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 $80.53
Trastevere and Rome's Jewish Ghetto Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, Food Tours
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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.)

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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour

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Enjoy a morning tour among two of the most iconic districts of Rome: Trastevere, whose name means on the other side of the river “Tevere”, and the old Jewish ...  Read more

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

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Rome in a Day Tour with Electric-assist bicycle, Rome, Walking Tours
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Rome in a Day Tour with Electric-assist bicycle

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See the sights of the Eternal City on a full-day electric-assist bicycle tour, with a pizza or pasta lunch, wine and a gelato stop included! Easy and safe to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.11
Rome Food Walking Tour - Enjoy the Authentic Roman Taste, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Rome Food Walking Tour - Enjoy the Authentic Roman Taste

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Your local Italian guide will take you to a delightful little café to taste an Italian cappuccino or espresso. Next you will try the best and most fresh ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.89
Ancient Rome Segway Small Group Tour, Rome, Food Tours
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Ancient Rome Segway Small Group Tour

Discover Rome's timeless beauty in a fun, entertaining and effortless manner with a small-group 3.5-hour tour on a Segway. It is one of the Eternal City's ...  Read more

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

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Rome Off The Beaten Path Including Appian Way Aqueducts and Jewish Ghetto, Rome, Segway Tours
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Rome Off The Beaten Path Including Appian Way Aqueducts and Jewish Ghetto

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If you have an interest in history or are a seasoned traveler looking for a unique Italian experience; our Rome Off-The-Beaten-Path tour is for you. For a full ...  Read more

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

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Private Food Tour of Rome: Campo de Fiori Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere, Rome, Walking Tours
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Private Food Tour of Rome: Campo de Fiori Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere

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Go hunting for the best food in Rome with this private 3.5-hour food tour through Campo de' Fiori, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Trastevere neighborhood. With an ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.13
Rome 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rome 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

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Join our Rome 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour with an English speaking guide and discover the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum!

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

From USD $41.76
Small-Group Rome Jewish Ghetto Tour, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Rome Jewish Ghetto Tour

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Join a Special Guided Tour of the Roman Jewish Ghetto to explore some of the treasures of Rome. Breathe in a magic atmosphere while visiting the Theater of ...  Read more

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

From USD $102.60

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