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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
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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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Jewish ghetto is a neighborhood near the center of Rome.You can walk in narrow streets and drink your cappuccino and you can see a lot of beautifull houses.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Jewish ghetto is a neighborhood near the center of Rome.You can walk in narrow streets and drink your cappuccino and you can see a lot of beautifull houses.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Off the via di San Marco, around via dei Falegnami, is the Jewish quarter. Lined with reasonable kosher restaurants. Loads of choice.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Tour the Jewish ghetto area with a guide. See how 9000 people were restricted to a few block area and eventually taken by the Nazis to extermination camps. Look at the brass plaques embedded in the doorways with the names of the residents that were exterminated. You cannot imagine the depth of this tragedy without a proper tour. In 1555,... More 

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Niagara Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We downloaded the Rick Steves' audio tour which was free. It helped us walk through this neighborhood filled with history by ourselves with the knowledge we needed to comprehend the surroundings. Worth a walk through.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We stayed nearby, just a short walk from the Campo di Fiori & the entire area of the Ghetto was a great place to explore. Tiny shops, tiny streets, lots of great eateries serving great food. You can spend as much time as you like. Something for everyone is here.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Yes! We were tourists in Roma, Italy but the traps become tiring ... That's when wandering, interesting, and unique stand out. The ruins of the ghetto are marvelous! It is an outdoor, unregulated, free museum. This section of Rome is unlike any other within it!'s walls. Security was tight while we were there adding an extra layer of mystery to... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

we enjoyed walking around this part of Rome. While it has a negative history for part of its existence it is still worth exploring. I would recommend visiting and just wandering for a while.

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Linden, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Interesting neighborhood and interesting history. Make sure you get the story on the plaque on the church with the carving in hebrew and latin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Jews of Rome like to consider themselves the authentic, oldest version around today - and their heritage does shine through with the gorgeous synagogue and real alleyways. We stayed here and enjoyed its proximity to the rest of town, while feeling at home in the small alleys and eateries that make up the local Jewish flavor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We first learned about Francesca from Rick Steve's book. Then my friend Karen said that they had taken this tour and highly recommended it. So we booked a tour for my husband, our 2 adult children and me. She was even better than we anticipated. Her mother is from NY and is a great storyteller. She speaks excellent English and... More 

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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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