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Jewish Ghetto

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
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Ranked #69 of 756 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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tel aviv
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

i was filled with emotion and sadness to walk through the narrow streets full of history of Jewish population of Rome, the Ghetto exists sine 16th Century, and i was glad to see that it became a lively tourist attraction with many trattorias preparing old jewish-roman delicacies, like a giggeto, fried artichoke. the Synagogue is one of the most beautiful... More

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toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Walked from the Vatican, about an hour through cobblestone streets. Arrived at small street packed with jewish restaurants. Left the first one due to no service and crossed street to an in credible one that served fried artichoke, cigariot (beef cigars) and excellent meatball cous cous. Added a wine, an accordion player and by the end of the dinner walked... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I first visited the Great Synagogue of Rome. The exhibits are well presented and the accompanying audio guide is excellent. It presents a great account of not only the history of Jewish Rome, but also Judaism itself. This visit also included a guided tour of the 2 synagogues, the small Sephardic one and then the Great Synagogue... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is a nice place to see-great restaurants. Rather tough to find-we had to ask around quite a bit to find out where it actually was.

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Woodridge, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This museum is amazing. You could spend all day there. Take the tour with a guide or get a headset so you can listen to the amazing history. The items contained are ancient and beautiful. It was very educational for me because I had never been into a temple before, so I found this fascinating. I would definitely go back... More

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Teaneck, NJ
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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We took a private tour of the Jewish Ghetto with Rome for Jews and are so happy we did. Whether you are Jewish or not, the private tour really gave us a complete understanding and appreciation of the Jews of Rome and included understanding Roman history as well. The tour through the ghetto was fascinating. We learned about the past... More

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New York City, New York
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We did our own self guided tour of the Rome Jewish ghetto using a guide book. We first visited the beautiful old synagogue, a truly spectacular structure. Then the Jewis museum, walked by the Hebrew school and then dined at one of the famous restaurants where they serve Jerusalem artichokes, il giggetto.

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Paris, France
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was much smaller than I had imagined, with only a few shops open for business when we passed through. Very different feel from the rest of Venice but it was good to check out the area and see what it was like, after all, it's very famous! I stopped into a local artist shop, who made glass pieces for... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful little street lanes. Architectural and Historic sites. Good restaurants. I wish we had a Guide, it would have made it more memorable.

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San Clemente, CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

An ancient and fascinating history lies within Rome's Jewish Quarter. Beside the Portico of Octavia, a society of Jewish immigrants set their roots in Rome as early as 161 BCE. Beginning with the sack of Judea by the Roman Empire, their history became one of persecution and marginalization, as Popes and fascists alike ostracized their community and forced them into... More

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