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Jewish Ghetto

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Jewish Ghetto features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Charming and eclectic neighborhood
  • A collection of hidden gems

Time required: 60 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 9am - 5pm

Public transport:

  • Bus H from Termini to Piazza Monte Savello

Address: Piazza Costaguti, 00186 Rome

Things you need to know:

  • The area between the Capitoline and the Tiber used to be Rome's Jewish Ghetto
  • Pope Paul IV's bull in 1555 established the ghetto, segregated the Jews, who had lived freely in Rome since Antiquity, in a walled quarter, and imposed further limitations on their personal freedom
  • Jewish were forbidden to pursue certain professions and had to hold certain Catholic sermons on Shabbat
  • In 1870, after the Papal State was finally overthrown, limitations on Jewish were lifted
  • The ghetto of Rome was the last remaining ghetto in Western Europe until its later reintroduction by Nazi Germany
  • The walls of the ghetto were torn down in 1888 and the whole neighborhood was reconstructed
  • Today the area is one of Rome's most charming and eclectic one with many hidden gems such as the ancient ruins of Theater of Marcellus, sculptural gems like the Fountain of the Tortoises or the synagogue

What to do there:

  • Explore the charming neighborhood
  • Start your walk on Piazza Costaguti: taste something delicious in the nearby traditional Jewish bakery
  • Continue the visit on Via del Portico Ottaviano. You will see the Portico d'Ottavia, Largo 16 Ottobre 1943 square, the Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and Santa Maria della Pieta church

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