Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) Tours

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Rome’s Trastevere district, the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) is one of many important monuments found in the historic Jewish Ghetto. The collaborative masterpiece of sculptor Taddeo Landini and architect Giacomo della Porta, the fountain was built between 1580 and 1588, and stands at the center of the Piazza Mattei.

A prime example of late Renaissance art, the fountain’s design features a central pedestal depicting four ephebes perched on marble shells, each lifting turtles to the upper water basin. Today, the original bronze turtles that gave the fountain its name have been replaced by replicas thanks to a spate of thieving, while the originals are preserved in the Capitoline Museums. 

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The Turtle Fountain is located on Piazza Mattei, in the Trastevere district of Rome.
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Address: Piazza Mattei, Roma 00186, Italy
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Jewish Rome Sunday Food Tour

Spend a delicious Sunday tasting your way through Europe's oldest Jewish neighborhood on this 3-hour walking food tour in Rome. Visit Anthony Bourdain’s favorite Kosher-style restaurant and try authentic Jewish-Roman specialties like fried artichokes, cured meats, and ricotta cake. Watch a gelato-making demo and sip Italian craft beer, all while learning the ancient history of this fascinating community along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome Semi-Private Food Experience

Savor the flavors of Rome on a 4-hour evening food experience. With a sommelier-guide, learn about Roman cuisine and visit six food stops, including upscale eateries, 'trattorias' (informal restaurants), and food stalls to taste local treats and delicacies. Sample Prosecco and Rome-Jewish staples like deep-fried artichokes, savor pizza and 'gelato' (ice cream), and enjoy Roman pasta and wine at a restaurant overlooking the Pantheon. Tastings, equivalent to a 4-course dinner, included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Budget Street Food Tour of Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto & Pantheon with Gelato

Join this small-group tour to taste the authentic street food of Rome and its historic food outlets. Discover some of the city center's most beautiful areas while sampling delicious take-away specialties that Romans have been eating for centuries. Spend 3 hours walking throughout some of the most interesting districts of the city, like Campo de Fiori square, where in the morning takes place a local food market, where you will have the first approach to Italian food and taste the best Italian olive oil and creams for bruschette. Then you will move slowly towards the Jewish Ghetto, where your guide will tell how and when the Ghetto was created in Rome, till the events od II World War. Here you will taste a typical Roman/Judeo Street food, that according to the seanson could be a fried artichoke or a zucchini flower.  Left behind the Jewish Ghetto, you will head towards the Pantheon area and in between you will see hidden corners that you could not discover on your own
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover two of Rome’s oldest and best-preserved historic neighborhoods on a 3-hour morning walking tour of the Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto districts. Hear tales of local history from a guide as you pass by highlights like the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Tiber Island, Portico d'Ottavia temple and Bernini’s Turtle Fountain. Finish at a traditional open-air market, where you’ll enjoy a slice of true Roman life with take-away pizza.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Panoramic Segway Tour of Rome

Rome is a sight to behold from any angle, with its ancient monuments and Renaissance architecture. On this 2-hour Segway tour, you’ll zip along cobbled streets and through bustling piazzas in search of the Eternal City’s most spectacular viewpoints. Head for the hills for unparalleled vistas of the Tiber River and Rome’s dome-dotted cityscape; discover a secret spot from which to see St Peter’s Basilica; and get panoramic views of Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and other star attractions. This small-group tour is limited to just four participants, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention throughout.
  • Duration: 2 hours 6 minutes
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The Heart of Rome and its Treasures: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Discover the secrets of Rome’s ancient treasures on this insightful full-day tour. Stroll through the city’s old Jewish ghetto and the Trastevere neighborhood while your guide illuminates the history of landmarks like the Portico d’Ottavia and Piazza Trilussa. Enjoy a traditional lunch of stuffed pizza in the open-air market of Piazza Giordano Bruno, and spend the afternoon exploring Rome’s most iconic monuments including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Tour size is limited for a more personalized small-group experience.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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