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A must-see destination, an immersive tour through images and symbols in one of the most important museums in the world..

Thus, the complexity of themes and symbology, this tour can be a special learning experience for kids in their first approach to images, symbols, colors, treasures, frescos, with an emphasis on understanding their context with a Jewish perspective.

The Vatican Museums house a vast collection, with finds from the Egyptian era to the late Renaissance, up to contemporary art. Through the Jewish perspective we will visit the Picture Gallery, Sculptures, Gallery of the Candelabra, Tapestries, Maps.

The Sistine Chapel will be the perfect occasion to see one of the most important examples of Italian Renaissance architecture and art. It is also the most significant works of “visual theology,” of the so-called Biblia pauperum, Bible of the poor, that let the majority of the non-literate population to be able to “read” through the images about God’s plan of salvation towards humanity.

Through our Jewish Vatican tour you will learn how Michelangelo disseminated the Volta and the Last Judgment of complex symbology and messages related to Jewish Kabbalah mysticism. In fact, the decorative scenes had been placed with a precise semantic correspondence, in order to emphasize the continuity between the Old and the New Testament.

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Meeting point: Caffè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100 Duration of the tour: 3 hours Participants : min.1; max. 9

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All tours are available in Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew and your kids are very welcome!

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One of our most requested tours, this is a one-of-a-kind way to see the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s greatest and oldest art collections. With over 2,000 rooms stuffed with objects, it is easy to understand why so many tourists get lost, exhausted and overwhelmed. This is a place where it really pays to have the company of an expert, especially one who knows how to show you the Jewish content and other secrets that most visitors don’t notice. Yeshiva students in the Vatican Museums Your docent will lead you through the maze of halls and chambers, telling you all the while the gossip and great stories from the Renaissance. Figures like Michelangelo, Julius II, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci will come alive at every turn. You will also learn the philosophy behind the artwork, the Renaissance and the Museum itself.

Of course, since our founder Roy Doliner wrote the international best- selling book revealing Michelangelo’s Sistine Secrets, our docents are the only ones authorized and trained by the author himself to describe the secret Jewish messages and other shocking surprises of the Sistine Chapel! Of course, we are the only association in Rome that interweaves Talmudic lore, Midrash and Jewish history with the Vatican!

Depending on your level of interest and energy, and on lines, crowds and other variables out of our control, this tour can take from 3-4 hours; be prepared for a lot of walking. If you have any physical problems with walking or stairs, please let us know far in advance in order to adapt the course of the tour to your needs.

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We are a group of Licensed native Italian tour guides, members of the Jewish Community of Rome, who love Rome and are excited to introduce you to our beautiful city.Each guide has a deep knowledge on Jewish and Roman history. Our tours are enriched by personal experiences and studies, are suitable for both adults and children and can be customized and adapted to your individual needs.Our guides are at your exclusive disposal and will take you on a private tour through Rome, its history, anecdotes and curiosities, making your tour interesting, exciting, and one-of-a-kind.Tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and other languages upon request.We are also happy to offer full and/or multiple day tours.All tours are are by reservation only to allow for individual and customized attention.

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Uncover the cultural impact of Rome's longstanding Jewish community in the company of your private historian guide. During this 3-hour Jewish Rome family tour, you’ll explore the Jewish Ghetto and visit key heritage sites, including the Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum housed inside it. All hearing long-ago stories tracing the over 2,000 year’s history of Jewish life in Italy's capital.

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This private Jewish Rome family tour unveils the treasures of the city’s historic Jewish Quarter including the picturesque area of Trastevere once home to Rome’s first Jewish settlers until the Renaissance. Our guide takes you on a carefully sketched walk through the Roman Ghetto tracing the history of the Europe’s oldest Jewish community through this still-vibrant quarter with its charming fountains, piazzas and cobblestoned backstreets. A must-do experience for families interested in learning about Rome from a Jewish perspective.

The History of Rome’s Jewish Quarter

Within the Eternal City renowned for its ties to the Catholic Church, lies the Jewish Ghetto, the second oldest Jewish quarter in the world after Venice . Established by Pope Paul IV in 1555, today the ghetto is no longer walled but is still the heart of the Roman Jewish Community. The city’s monumental Great Synagogue is here and this is where you will find kosher restaurants and typical Jewish Roman dishes including the famous fried artichokes.

Jews have been living in Rome continuously since the 2nd century BCE and today their community is Italy’s largest. Gain insights into this deeply influential culture. Our expertly planned itinerary retraces all this fascinating history, from the ancient Roman times to nowadays. You will learn how this enduring community has survived with their faith and tradition intact for 22 centuries and the important role-played in the city cultural life and society from economic influence to gastronomic delights.

Rome's Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere

We start by exploring the Jewish Ghetto area and visiting key Jewish heritage sites, including the Great Synagogue, built in 1904, one of the area's most important landmarks. Behind the monumental Synagogue is the Portico d’Ottavia, which owes its name to the ruins of an ancient Roman temple, built in the 1st century B.C. Inside part of the monument stands the church of St. Angelo in Pescheria.

Then, we proceed to the Tiber Island by passing through the Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome. The island offers an amazing walk with its quaint houses, courtyards and streets reminiscent of its medieval origins. Afterward, we head on to one of the most famous and ancient parts of Rome, the Trastevere quarter where remains of the oldest uninterrupted Jewish community are still present. Walking in Vicolo dell'Atleta, you will see a 13th-century construction considered the only surviving ancient Jewish synagogue in the quarter from the Middle Ages.

The historic area of Trastevere is also famous for its restaurants and charming atmosphere, once the tour is over it is up to you to continue with a fun and relaxing walk in the district, or perhaps stop at any of the restaurants or pizzerias for a local meal. Interested in a Jewish Vatican Tour? See our Vatican Private Tour from a Jewish Perspective

  • Jewish quarter neighborhood, the site of the former Ghetto
  • Largo 16 ottobre 1943
  • Via del Portico d’Ottavia
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  • Piazza delle Cinque Scole
  • Largo Stefano Tachè
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What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide

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  • Transportation
  • Jewish Museum and Synagogue entry tickets 11 Euro/person, paid directly on site (tickets prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tips (optional)
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Important information.

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Labour Day.
  • The Great Synagogue of Rome and Jewish Museum close Fridays afternoon, Saturdays, and on certain Jewish holidays throughout the year.
  • If you want to visit the Great Synagogue and museum, avoid this tour on these days when they are closed.

Good to Know

  • When entering the Great Synagogue of Rome and the Jewish Museum housed inside it, they do require the use of their own guides within. Your guide will be with you all the time and use time before and after entering to provide greater depth to the site.
  • The Great Synagogue of Rome dress code requires modest attire: no halter or tank tops or short shorts.
  • The security at the Great Synagogue is high and photos are not allowed inside.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

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Can Jews go inside the Sistine Chapel? Feature image: Michelangelo - Creation of Adam

Can Jews Go Inside the Sistine Chapel? 

Today I’m addressing a question my guests ask me all the time: can Jews go inside the Sistine Chapel? 

Rome boasts an abundance of attractions and cultural curiosities. Running through the Eternal City is a rich vein of Jewish history and patrimony: not just in and around the Jewish Ghetto and ancient center, but also, surprisingly, in the Vatican .

Hidden within the Vatican Museums are countless Jewish symbols and artworks. The Vatican’s Lapidarium , for example, is home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Jewish inscriptions. But the highlight for most is the Sistine Chapel , the Vatican Museums’ foremost and final attraction, adorned by Michelangelo’s marvelous frescoes, which is the last attraction to greet visitors before they step outside the Vatican Museums and into Saint Peter’s Basilica.  

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But for Orthodox Jews paying a visit to the Vatican, one question resurfaces time and time again: can Jews visit the Sistine Chapel?

The answer, in short, is yes.

While Jews should not enter a church that is still being used for worship, many rabbis would advocate that there is no problem entering churches that are no longer in use if you are visiting them in the capacity of a museum.

Now, the Sistine Chapel, despite being used for conclaves and by the Pope as his private chapel, counts as a museum rather than an active place of worship. In fact, the Sistine Chapel is part of the broader complex known as the Vatican Museums, and as such cannot be visited separately. Because the Sistine Chapel is an integral part of the Vatican Museums’ collection, there is no legalistic problem with visiting it.

There is, unsurprisingly, some debate over this issue. Rabbi Uri Orlian suggests that the Sistine Chapel could also be considered a place of worship, and therefore visiting it could be contentious. But even he acknowledges that the Sistine Chapel serves functions other than as a church or place of worship, and that therefore visiting it to view Michelangelo’s art would be justifiable. 

Can Jews go inside the Sistine Chapel?

So having established that Jews can go inside the Sistine Chapel, the question turns to whether they should.

Joining me on a Jewish Vatican tour offers invaluable insight into the close connection between Judaism and Christianity that colors so much of Rome’s history. Only by visiting Rome with a Jewish tour guide can you seek out the symbols that put Judaism at the heart of the Catholic Church.

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What’s more, the primacy of Jewish themes and symbols within Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel raises the question of whether his art was intended to promote a purely Catholic perspective or, to put it another way, whether he set out to inspire an exclusively Christian audience. Michelangelo portrays Christ revealing all five fingers – representing the Five Books of Moses – rather than the traditional three which would represent the Holy Trinity. In his portrayal of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he shows Eve holding the fig – in following the Jewish tradition – rather than the apple, in keeping with the Christian.

Then there’s the issue of the architecture of the Sistine Chapel. The fifteenth-century chapel was designed specifically to mirror the shape and proportions of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, as described in the Old Testament. 

Joining me on a Jewish tour of the Vatican is a powerful reminder of the connectedness between the Jewish and Christian religions, and an experience any visitor to the Eternal City should be sure not to miss.

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Guided Vatican tours can make the experience less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

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See the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and more on an organized Vatican tour. (Getty Images)

One of the most famous landmarks in the world, Vatican City draws more than 5 million people each year, which means that no matter when you visit, you can expect massive crowds. Along with the crowds, the sheer size of this sovereign city-state in Rome can make a visit to Vatican City feel overwhelming.

If you're feeling intimidated by the experience, consider one of the following small-group Vatican tours, guided by local experts who can both explain the history of the Eternal City and help you navigate the crowds.

As you browse the best options, be sure to keep the following in mind (and also visit the Frequently Asked Questions section at the botton of this page):

  • Many tours offer early-entry or after-hours access to the Vatican, so you should anticipate crowds regardless.
  • Any visit to Vatican City requires a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary, and strollers are allowed.
  • Traffic in Rome can be brutal, especially during the summer. Give yourself enough time to get to your tour at least 10 to 15 minutes before it departs.

What a Life Tours – Skip the Line Vatican Small Group Tour

Price: Adults from $90; kids from $83 Duration: 3 hours

One of the best tours in Rome , this small-group option includes skip-the-line tickets to all the museums as well as St. Peter's Basilica. Tourgoers are also given headsets so they can better hear their guide. Recent visitors praise the knowledgeable tour guides for helping them maneuver the museums, as well as ensuring guests are comfortable (finding a shady reprieve on a hot summer day, for example).

Tours, which last about three hours, depart from the What a Life Tours office (Via Santamaura 14B) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Tickets start around $90 for adults and $83 for kids ages 6 to 17. There is no cost for children ages 5 and younger.

What a Life Tours also offers skip-the-line access that omits the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, as well as local food tours and tours of the Colosseum .

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The Roman Guy – Exclusive After Hours Sistine Chapel Tour

Price: Adults from $184; kids from $154 Duration: 3.5 hours

Instead of early entry, this unique tour offers after-hours access to the Eternal City. Explore the museums and the Sistine Chapel with an expert guide before enjoying Italian aperitivo (a pre-meal drink) in the Pinecone Courtyard. Recent reviewers highly recommend this tour, pointing to the tour guides' breadth of knowledge and the ability to experience Vatican City with fewer crowds. They also say the wine (which was accompanied by delicious food) in the courtyard was a highlight.

This seasonal tour takes place Monday through Thursday at 3:30 p.m., though visitors are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes beforehand. Tours begin and end at the entrance to the Vatican and last approximately 3.5 hours. Tickets start around $184 for adults and $154 for kids ages 2 to 14.

The Roman Guy offers a number of other local tours that include visits to the Colosseum and Catacombs of Rome as well as food tours (and tours that combine some or all of the above).

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Liv Tours – Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

Price: Adults from $258; kids from $55 Duration: 3 hours

This intimate tour is limited to just six people, making the experience more personal and enjoyable. Your tour guide will take you to through the famous galleries, the Julius II apartments, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Recent tourgoers say they could see a difference in this tour versus the other Vatican tours. They also note how kind the tour guides are.

Tours, which are available during a wide variety of time slots each day, start and conclude at Caffé Vaticano, right across the street from the entrance to the museums. The cost is approximately $241 for adults and $100 for kids ages 3 to 17.

Other experiences offered by Liv Tours include a Jewish Ghetto & Travestere Tour, cooking classes and tours designed for kids.

Private Tours of Rome – Skip-the-Line Private Tour of the Vatican Museums

Explore the Vatican with a professional historian on this private tour. Recent travelers say they're so glad they chose to visit the Vatican on a private tour, noting how much they enjoyed hearing the guides' personal stories about the museums and the pope.

Tours depart at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily and last about three hours. Tickets start from $258 for adults and $55 for kids ages 5 to 17.

If you're looking for a private tour of other attractions, Private Tours of Rome offers a variety of options. It also offers shore excursions, with pick up and drop-off at your ship in Civitavecchia.

Through Eternity Tours – Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel: Essential Experience

Price: From $426 Duration: 7 hours

If you're short on time and/or prefer to see several Rome attractions at once, this jam-packed tour is a great option. During the six-hour excursion, you'll see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum , Trevi Fountain , Piazza Novana and Pantheon before visiting the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square (and then moving on to other sites). This tour includes optional headsets and skip-the-line access at all ticketed attractions. Recent travelers say the tour guides make this experience especially fun.

This full-day tour starts at 9 a.m. in front of Restaurant Angelino and concludes in St. Peter's Square. It's typically offered Monday through Saturday. The cost starts around $426 per adult. While babies and toddlers up to age 2 are permitted free of charge, this tour is not recommended for children.

Through Eternity Tours offers a number of other guided experiences in Rome, including an Angels and Demons tour based on the bestselling book. The company also offers shore excursions and day trips to Tivoli, Florence and beyond.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Vatican is a sovereign city-state recognized under international law. Its government includes the pope and the departments of the Roman Curia that help him exercise his responsibilities.

In short, yes. Vatican City is considered an independent nation-state and is the world's smallest such entity.

Yes, and there are a variety of ticket options you can purchase on the attraction website . However, because there's so much to see, a guided tour can help you see the highlights without feeling overwhelmed and may also include visits to other attractions in Rome.

All visitors must dress appropriately for a place of worship. Shorts, hats, miniskirts, sleeveless tops, low-cut tops and garments that show the knees are not permitted. Guests dressed inappropriately will not be allowed inside.

All visitors are required to go through a security check to enter the museums, and there are a variety of items that you may not take inside:

  • Luggage: Bags, backpacks and the like must not exceed 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters (16 x 14 x 6 inches); if they're too big, they must be checked in the cloak room (free of charge).
  • Umbrellas: If necessary, these can also be checked in the cloak room.
  • Video cameras: Non-flash photography is permitted in all areas except the Sistine Chapel.
  • Food and drink
  • Weapons and firearms

The Vatican is easily accessible from different sections of Rome. You can take the metro to either the Cipro or Ottaviano stop on Line A (orange line) to be dropped near the Vatican Museums. If taking the bus, multiple routes drop off near St. Peter's Basilica. You can also opt for a taxi or walk into St. Peter's Square.

Additionally, there are parking garages outside of Vatican City if you want to drive there, though driving in Rome is generally not recommended, as there are many areas where driving is restricted and you could be fined.

The Vatican museums are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 28. The museums are closed on Sundays (except the last Sunday of the month) and certain holy days throughout the year, including Christmas. Final entry to the museum is approximately two hours before closing.

St. Peter's Basilica is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Be sure to check if there are any museum closures ahead of your visit.

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Join a  member of Rome’s Jewish community  for a private tour through the  Jewish Ghetto . Rome’s Jews can count themselves among the city’s most historic inhabitants; their settlement in the city even predated the time of Julius Caesar. Your  private Jewish Ghetto, Synagogues and Museum tour  takes you on a journey through Jewish culture from past to present, nourishing you with the knowledge of its deep and moving history.

Ever resilient in the face of persecution, the historic settlers of the Jewish Ghetto have shaped an area that is now perhaps the most  thriving  and  sought-after neighborhood  in Rome’s historic center. Sandwiched between the Capitoline Hill and the River Tiber, the Ghetto bustles with fresh bakeries and restaurants specializing in Jewish cuisine, as well as the city’s largest synagogue.

Walk through the Jewish Ghetto

Your private Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue tour will walk you through the many attractions of this intimate ancient-medieval neighborhood. Learn the story behind the beautiful  Fontana delle Tartarughe  (Fountain of the Turtles) and ancient  Portico of Octavia  – a monumental complex dedicated to the sister of the first Roman emperor Augustus.

Your local Jewish guide will walk you through the history of Rome’s Jewish from ancient to modern. You may even hear the unique Giudeo-Romanesco dialect being spoken in the streets around you – one of the oldest surviving remnants of this extraordinary culture.

Visit two of the city’s historic synagogues

Having explored the Jewish Ghetto, your private guide will take you to visit the  Ashkenaz and Sephardi synagogues . Sheltered within the breathtakingly beautiful Great Synagogue of the Jewish Ghetto are countless treasures spanning the ages.

Venture inside the iconic Great Synagogue of Rome – the largest in the city. Your local Jewish guide will share the history of the synagogue, established after the unification of Italy, and the changes to Jewish culture and representation throughout the city over the centuries.

Admire the artworks within the Jewish Museum

Art has provided escape and expression throughout all cultures. Explore the masterpieces of Jewish-Roman art in the  Jewish Museum of Rome . Your local Jewish guide will share the history, legends, and insight into the lives of the artists whose works are on display.

Rome is often thought of as the quintessentially Catholic city, but Judaism has been prevalent since the 2nd century BC. Explore the  roots of Jewish culture  with your local Jewish guide and witness the metamorphic life of a Roman Jew from past to present.

Jewish Ghetto, Synagogue and Museum Tour | Semi-Private

  • Itinerary: Jewish Ghetto Ashkenaz and Sephardi Synagogues Jewish Museum
  • Included: Jewish tour guide Reserved tickets
  • Wheelchair accessible: Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to request our private tours.
  • Meeting Point: Via Catalana, 5

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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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I'm looking for a Vatican tour that also goes into the aspects of the Jewish history and culture within the Vatican.

I also hear there are some other rooms in the museum with Jewish artwork in them and would like a guide that explains the significance of the Jewish influence as well as how that ties into everything else we are seeing.

Either group tour or private doesn't matter. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Some of the rooms at the Vatican museum are normally closed, but she would know about that as well.

A collegue who runs this kind of tour is Micaela Pavoncello; she is soooo knowledgeable and so I am very happy to promote her services ;)

You can reach her at:

Ciao Daniela

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We took an After Hours tour of the Vatican Museum and they offer such a tour.

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What makes this tour Special

Rome housed the  first Jewish community outside the Holy Land  and has a millennial history of integration and segregation strongly linked with the Papacy

During the  Jewish Quarter of Rome Tour  you will enjoy one of the most picturesque neighborhood in town, lively adorned by excellent restaurants and cozy spots

Cover the longest time span with commentaries ranging  from the Roman era to the Second World War and more

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Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

09:30 - 14:00

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included


This tour is suitable for kids of all ages


No entrance tickets are needed! Enjoy your tour!


There is a moderate amount of walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes!

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  • Drop Off back to your hotel after the tour (available upon request)

Sites you’ll visit

  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Trastevere A quant area of Rome that has seen vast changes over the centuries. This area was home to the original Jewish Synagogue of Rome and also the oldest church of the Eternal City. During 753–509 BC it was home to "Hostile Etruscans" and once overtaken, the area was largely used by local fishermen as they took advantage of the close by Tiber river. This part of Rome was even chosen by Julius Caesar as the location for his luxury Garden Villa!
  • Jewish Ghetto One of the biggest and most breathtaking monuments you'll come across while walking in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the majestic ruins of Octavia’s Porticus. Constructed two thousand years ago under the order of Augustus, in honor of his sister Octavia, was a monumental marble area surrounded by columns and embellished by two temples dedicated to Juno and Jupiter. The frescos that are still visible today were realized centuries later, showing us how this area was continuously used over the centuries.

Tour description

Start your tour to discover the  Jewish Quarter of Rome  by admiring the breathtaking view from the  Janiculum Hill . Marvel at the impressive  Fontana dell’Acqua Paola , also known as il Fontanone, one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome, dating from the 17th century. Just as ancient explorers, we’ll descend the hill into the heart of  Trastevere . Stroll through suggestive narrow alleys lined with historical workshops, bakeries and typical inns. Your tour guide will be your storyteller, and you will discover that  Rome is not just about gladiators and Christian history – it’s also a city inhabited by the Jewish community and has been influenced by their traditions for over 2,000 years.

Cross the pedestrian bridge of  Ponte Sisto , and reach the Jewish Ghetto (the  Jewish Quarter of Rome ), which is one of the most beautiful areas in the city, full of history and tradition, that has almost entirely remained untouched throughout the centuries. The 1904  Synagogue , the centerpiece of this area, is a magnificent structure with beautiful windows and decorative facade. Walk through narrow cobblestone streets, experiencing several layers of history, learn the history of the Jewish community, while you admire the ancient ruins that surround you.

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