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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: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing, Dining
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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Fun for food and walk-through

Definitely a great place to see the Jewish culture in Rome. Around 5 Kosher/Jewish restuarants, a giant synagogue, one or two stores to buy jewish goods, and a couple jewish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely a great place to see the Jewish culture in Rome. Around 5 Kosher/Jewish restuarants, a giant synagogue, one or two stores to buy jewish goods, and a couple jewish bakeries. I was actually surprised at how lively the crowds were in the area. Every resturant was completely packed. Saw a klezmer band playing at one of the restaurants as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The tour to the Jewish Ghetto has to be combined with other worthy landmarks and attractions in the area, such as Palazzo Mattei di Giove, Fontane delle Tartarughe, Theatrum Marcelli, and possibly even more than that to make one's visit worthwhile. The reason being is that there is not much to see due to the fact that the ghetto is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

loved walking through small streets and learn about the long Jewish history in Rome. Visited a very impressive museum and a Temple. Enjoyed the food especially Judea artichokes at Nona Betta! Wished to have allocated more time in the museum...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We wanted to see how this area compared with the original 'ghetto' in Venice. It definitely comes second because there is little to see other than the schules and the impressive Hebrew Museum. There are plenty of kosher cafes and restaurants however. The area is one of the most guarded areas (Caribineri

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I was recommended to go there for the good food at reasonable prices. We found Benito al ghetto small restaurant and it was the best food we have eaten in Rome so far.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

You can walk thro this street.Slightly different from other old by roads.There are many restaurants around the square.

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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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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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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.
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