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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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My favorite part of Rome

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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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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Sydney, Australia
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

There is virtually nothing to see or do. A quick walk through is sufficient. Most of the buildings are used for other things. There are some buildings that still have signs from the Jewish Ghetto, but they are worn out so you can barely see them. Nothing special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the Ghetto, with the aid of my guidebook, reading about the history of Jews in Rome. There are numerous sad reminders of persecution through the centuries, culminating in the shameful deportation to the concentration camps during WWII. In the Ghetto you also see Roman ruins, contemporary Roman Jewish life, and the Great Synogague. A very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We could not get into the Jewish synagogue that day as it was the eve of Yom Kippur so we spent the afternoon meandering around the narrow ghetto streets, imagining it teaming, overflowing with life. In the heart of the area are a few cafes serving the specialty of "Fried Artichokes"!

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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.