If you walk through the Jewish Ghetto in Rome today, it’s hard to imagine this area’s troubled past. Nowadays it’s a thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood with an imposing synagogue and several sunny terraced restaurants. But, back in the 16th century this tiny area was walled, gated and made up of just three streets where the city’s Jewish community were forced to live in cramped conditions.
Although the walls of the ghetto are gone and most of the old buildings demolished, the Jewish history and culture still lives on in the food, stories and ancient ruins here.
Our Jewish heritage food tour takes you on an incredible journey through more than 2000 years in the Jewish Ghetto. We start along the same route where Roman soldiers would parade on their return from a triumphant battle, before taking you into the heart of the Jewish Ghetto.
You’ll break for sweet treats and hearty Jewish fare at the most authentic kosher style restaurants and bakeries along the Portico D’Ottavia, while listening to fascinating stories from your local guide.
Along the way we’ll see The Great Synagogue of Rome and the ancient open-air Marcello Theatre, two beautiful buildings with an interesting past, before getting exclusive access to the building that houses what was once the oldest standing Synagogue in Rome.
Join us as we ‘eat Jewish’ and soak up the history of one of Rome’s most evocative neighbourhoods.