Rome Jewish Ghetto – How to visit the Jewish Ghetto – Apartments for rent

Rome Jewish Ghetto in Rome :

Information about the Jewish Ghetto of Rome. How to visit the Jewish Ghetto.

The Jewish community of Rome (Rome Jewish Ghetto), the second oldest in the world, it is from the 4th century BC that the Jews are living in the same area of the city. It was chosen by them because, for many centuries, (from the founding of Rome 753 BC to 19 sec) in this area were located the most important markets of the city of Rome and the presence of the nearby Tiber Island made ​​this place a strategic point for both matters military and commercial. In the 1555, when Pope Paul IV forced the Jews to reside within a walled ghetto, for 300 years, between the Counter-Reformation (16th century) and Italian unification (19th century). Though part of the old ghetto has been torn down, you can still find many traces of the Roman Jews’ culture. If you want to visit the synagogue and museum, avoid this walk on a Saturday, when they’re closed. If you are interested in a guided tour you can contact

Rome Itinerary suggested to visit the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Guided tours and best to visit.

Getting There: The Jewish ghetto was — and Rome’s main Synagogue still is — on the left bank of the river Tevere, in front of the Isola Tiberina ( Tiberina’ Island) and the archaeological area of the Theater of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello). 5 minutes walk from Piazza Venezia.
If you’re not in the Synagogue for a prayer service the only way to gain access to the interior is with an official guided tour, which has to be booked in advance at least one day before. The Synagogue cannot be visited on Saturday.

Rome Jewish Ghetto official Walking Tours are organized by the tour company

Starting from Ponte Fabricio (Fabricio’s Bridge was also known as  Pons Judaeocum “Jews’ Bridge”), which connects the banks of the river Tiber to the Tiberina island From the neighborhood of Trastevere, crossing the bridge and the island you’ll see soon the synagogue.  The ancient ghetto consists of the synagogue and few blocks behind it.
This new “Synagogue of Emancipation “in art Nouveau, (in the 1986, Pope John Paul II made his historic visit), was built in only three years (inaugurated in the 1904).
The remarkable square dome, (square to be distinguished it from the Christian churches) inside is beautifully painted like the all interiors.The museum shows off historically significant artifacts described in English.
Behind the synagogue near the ancient Roman ruins there is small square called Largo “16 October 1943”, the day when Nazi trucks parked here and threatened to take the Jews to concentration camps unless the community came up with 110 pounds of gold in 24 hours. Everyone, including non-Jewish Romans, tossed in their precious gold, and the demand was met. The Nazis took the gold, and later, they took the Jews as well.
Portico d’Ottavia
This market was built by the emperor Augustus and dedicated to Octavia his sister.  After Rome’s fall, the portico housed a fish market then in the 8th century, the Portico was incorporated into the Church of Sant’Angelo in Pescheria.
From the nearby bridge, you can get a nice view of Teatro di Marcello.
Via del Portico d’Ottavia is the main drag and best preserved of the old streets here you can get the taste of yesterday’s and today’s ghetto. In the street, notice kosher restaurants proudly serving typical roman food like carciofi (artichokes), shops of locally produced Judaic art, galleries,
At the end of the street there is a square where elders, bringing their favorite chairs from home, spend the afternoon enjoying the breeze. In this square you will find a traditional Jewish bakery and a 15th century building decorated with a big stone insert with a Latin inscription and an original ancient roman marble depicting a lion attacking a gazelle. Even if most of the Jewish community is dispersed all over Rome, this neighborhood continue to be the most point of reference for all Roman Jews. From Via della Reginella. you can reach the square Piazza Mattei where there is a little but beautiful fountain a Mannerist work, later embellished with turtles by Bernini.



 Rome Apartment Facilities

Size:  75 square Mt – Sleeps up to 4

Access: Car not necessary

Family friendly Suitable for children of all ages

Notes: May take pets please enquire
No smoking at this property

Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility

Luxuries: Jacuzzi / Hot tub, Internet access

General: Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, TV, Wi-fi available

Standard: Iron, Hair dryer

Utilities: Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, toaster, drinkable water.  

Rooms: 1 + 1 Bedroom, 1 family bathroom

Furniture: Double sofa bed (1), Single bed (1), Double bed (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4

Other: Linen, towels and cleaning provided

Outdoors: 2 small balconies  

Nearest Travel Links

Airport: Ciampino/Fiumicino: 15 km

Railway: Trastevere: 1 km, Termini 3 Km, Ostiense 2 Km

Ferry: Fiumicino: 25 km

 Direction to reach the holyday aprtment in Via del Portico d’Ottavia

How to get to the apartment in  Via di portico d’Ottavia.

From Fiumicino airport:
Take the train to Stazione Trastevere, then take the tram (line 8, direction Argentina). Get off at Arenula/Ministero Giustizia stop. As alternative, you can take a taxi from Stazione Trastevere, they usually charge roughly Euro 15.

We can arrange the pick up at Euro 55 up to 4 people and € 75,00, up to 8 people
Airport – Rome by train to Termini Station
Public transportations: Service of public train to Termini Station in Rome. Price € 10. A train every 30 minutes.
ON FOOT: it’d be better to take a bus as it’s a 40 minutes walking.
BY BUS: going out of the station please take the bus 64, 40 or 70 and get off in LARGO ARGENTINA. From here via del PORTICO D’OTTAVIA is at 200 mts.
BY CAR: take the T90 – GRANDE RACCORDO ANULARE ROMA – “Roma Nord”, then please exit at SS4 Via Salaria, drive the Via Salaria following direction Porta Pia. Once at Porta Pia enter into the walls and drive via Nomentana till Piazza della Repubblica, then take the main Via Nazionale and drive it till Piazza Venezia, drive up to Via del Teatro di Marcello and one you have passed the ancient remains of the theatre on your once you are at the traffic light turn right direction lungotevere. Once you are on the lungotevere after 20mtres you will have on the right the Jewish Synagogue turn soon after to the right. 100mtres you will be in Via del Portico D’Ottavia. Welcome.
From Fiumicino airport:
Take the train to Stazione Trastevere, then take the tram (line 8, direction Argentina). Get off at Arenula/Ministero Giustizia stop. As alternative, you can take a taxi from Stazione Trastevere, they usually charge roughly Euro 15.

Rome Jewish Ghetto – How to visit the Jewish Ghetto – Apartments for rent
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