Jewish Rome Family Tour
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.
- Families with Kids
- Art & History Lovers
Jewish Rome Family Tour
What to Expect
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.
Jewish Rome Family Tour
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
- Via della Reginella
- Piazza delle Cinque Scole
- Largo Stefano Tachè
- Great Synagogue of Rome
- Jewish Museum of Rome
- Tiber Island
- Trastevere district
What Is Included
- Private licensed professional local guide
What Is Not Included
- Jewish Museum and Synagogue entry tickets 11 Euro/person, paid directly on site (tickets prices may vary slightly without notice)
- Food & Drinks
- Tips (optional)
- Anything not expressly mentioned as included
- 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. Jewish holidays in 2022:
March 17 (Purim)
April 15 – 16 – 17 and 22 – 23 (Pesah)
May 5 (Yom Ha’azmaut)
June 5 – 6 (Shavuot)
August 8 (Tishà Be Av)
September 25 – 26 – 27 (Rosh Ha Shanà)
October 4 – 5 (Yom Kippur)
October 9 – 10 – 11 (Sukkot)
October 16 (O’Shannà Rabbà)
October 17 (Sheminì Atzeret)
October 18 (Simhat Torà)
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.
How to Book Your Private Tour
- Send Us Your Inquiry
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- Payment Policy
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- Tour Voucher
Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.
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Last update: February 7, 2022
As ever, we put health and safety first. Since the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our tours comply with the necessary safety and security regulations as per local guidelines. As long as the Covid-19 emergency persists, here what you can expect during your tour:
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Social Distancing during the tour in accordance with government guidelines.
Guest Guidelines – All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring their own FFP2 facemask and wear them for the duration of the tour (wearing masks is mandatory both outdoors and indoors).
Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Guidelines starting from January 10, 2022 until further notice:
All venues in Italy will require visitors to produce the “Reinforced Green Pass” (or equivalent record of vaccination for non-EU countries) also known as the “Super Green Pass”, to prove that they have received a booster shot (3rd injection). Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. Additionally, travel within the country by train, boat, and buses now require all passengers to wear FFP2 facemasks.
Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C (99.5° F) you will unfortunately not be able to attend the tour. For more information, including specifics associated with requirements and restrictions associated with travel to and within Italy, read the following Covid-19 updates or consult the Italian embassy in your country.