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Jewish Ghetto

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Address: the area surrounded by Via del Portico d'Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 3296036719
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Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: This historical Jewish Ghetto dates back to 1555, when Pope Paul IV...
This historical Jewish Ghetto dates back to 1555, when Pope Paul IV restricted all Jews to a small area of the city, which was then walled in. Today, the ghetto has wonderful eating places with cross-cultural dishes, and a beautiful synagogue with a small museum inside.
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Trastevere and Rome's Jewish Ghetto Half-Day Walking Tour

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It was nice to walk here after visiting the jewish museum. It was lively with lots of restaurants to choose from. Indoor and outdoor seating. Also there were a couple shops to do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It was nice to walk here after visiting the jewish museum. It was lively with lots of restaurants to choose from. Indoor and outdoor seating. Also there were a couple shops to do some Judaic shopping

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were going from Tiber Island to the Turtle fountain and this was a small distraction along the way, my wife had heard about the Ghetto, but we hadn't read up about it, so there was nothing to stop us to view, walked past some cafe's but nothing more memorable (as I said we hadn't read up about it so... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Quiet backwater in Cannaregio with a lot of Jewish orientated history, of course. It has a small museum and a small wall plaque commemorating the WW2 Holocaust. However if you're not Jewish then there's not much to view here. The walk to the 'Ghetto' is quite nice though, passing alongside a pleasant canal, (Rio di san Girolamo) along the Fon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The best pizza we had in Rome was in a tiny deli in this area. So many people waiting, but worth the wait. Beautiful cobblestone streets, people eating outside, very charming and almost private-feeling. The taxi driver very solemnly recited the date of when the Jewish residents were taken away--he was determined to not forget, I think, what had happened... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Jewish ghetto area , looks very beautiful . Keep in terms of security area is amazingly high level . Entire neighborhood Nirath good, but entrance to the synagogue and museum were very expensive . Maybe another time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We came here in the evning, and a friend living in rome showed me the sights to see. We walked past all the busy restaurants, and we ate in one of the fast food places. Really nice place, and everyone is very friendly!

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Charlottesville, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Our main reason to go through was to visit the the Great Synagogue (which I have reviewed on TA), we was noticed more dining establishments than shops and historical points. The are a dozen or so sit down restaurants, sweet shops and quick food locations most of which are Kosher along cobblestone streets. Is not not near Rome's tourist areas... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This takes you to a part of the city with a very different history and atmosphere and is also surrounded by parts of the city which are less touristy and a pleasure to see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This neighborhood reminded me of Montmartre in its character. I wish we'd had more time to roam and explore here, and slightly less rain. The fountain of tortoises was charming.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The original Jewish area across the Ponte Garibaldi has beautiful narrow cobbled streets with little bars and excellent restaurants. Great fun exploring.

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Ghetto
The mini-neigborhood Ghetto holds tight to its reputation as a stand-alone area thanks to its nearly 300-year history as the home to Rome’s Jewish community. Times changed in the 20th century, but the tiny area still retains its mix of tradition, community, and history. Ancient and medieval architectural design frames apartments, bakeries, shops, and restaurants. Friends and families are the pulse of the neighborhood, keeping company on the Via del Portico d’Ottavia. The Ghetto observes the traditional Jewish Shabbat: businesses close from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.