Trastevere & the Jewish Ghetto

Janiculum and Trastevere

This tour crosses one of the oldest and still untouched neighborhoods where we can enjoy the true flavors of Rome.  In ancient times the area across the Tiber river was inhabited by the “non roman”: Etruscan, Greek, Egyptian and Jewish merchants, so as the earliest Christian community , settled down here.
Farnesina Loggia of Amore e PsicheOur tour starts in the picturesque alleys of Trastevere. Surrounded by a labyrinth of medieval houses are some of the oldest churches of Rome: S. Maria in Trastevere, first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and a jewel of the XII century decorated with magnificent mosaics, Santa Cecilia, built on the house of the saint, a roman matron martyred because of her Christian faith, San Crisogono, with its extended underground remains of the earlier basilica, S. Francesco a Ripa where one of the most famous statues by G.L.Bernini, the Beata Ludovica, is to be found.

To fully appreciate this area of Rome nothing better than end your tour by the Villa Farnesina, the sumptuous suburban villa of Agostino Chigi the banker of the renaissance popes, with its famous frescoes by Raphael and many others among the best renaissance painters.

Just across the river is the JEWISH GHETTO.

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The roman Jewish community has a millenary story. Its presence in Rome dates back at least to the year 160 b.C.  but probably Porticus of Octaviathere were Jews in Rome since a long time before. Active and extensive (there were more synagogues during  the imperial time than today) it was the oldest Jewish community of all the western world, the only one constituted before the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and Hadrian and the diaspora that followed..  You’ll stroll along the narrow alleys of the former “Ghetto”, once enclosed inside a high wall erected in 1555 by Pope Paul IV and definitely dismantled only in 1870, after the Unity of Italy. You’ll discover its ancient synagogues, its medieval houses along the splendid scenery of the Porch of Octavia and the Theater of Marcellus, enjoying  the millenary and fascinating story of one of the most truly roman boroughs  of our city and admiring the Major Synagogue, a masterpiece of architecture that has celebrated in 2004 its first hundred years