Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.
The Jewish residents of Rome can consider themselves among the city’s most historical inhabitants. Their settlement even predated the time of Julius Caesar! As you explore historic neighborhoods, places of worship, and museums, you’ll acquire a deep knowledge of Rome’s Jewish culture from past to present.
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 desired neighborhood in Rome’s historic center. Set 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.
As you walk through the district, learn the story behind the beautiful Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles) and the ancient Portico of Octavia, a monumental complex dedicated to the sister of the first Roman emperor Augustus. Listen closely to catch the unique Giudeo-Romanesco dialect, which many residents still speak. It’s one of the oldest surviving remnants of this unique culture.
Next, visit the Ashkenaz and Sephardi synagogues, where you’ll find countless treasures spanning the ages. Then venture inside the iconic Great Synagogue of Rome, the largest in the city. Your guide will share the synagogue's history, established after the unification of Italy, and the changes to Jewish culture and representation throughout the centuries.
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Itineraries with Jewish History Walking Tour in Rome
From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.
This route takes you through the highlights of Italy while exploring more of each region. Start in Rome, visiting the Vatican and Colosseum before making your way up to the lesser-known Umbria region for a stopover in Orvieto. Enjoy your time away from the big city and delight in the local life. Finish up to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. This city's incredible plazas and cathedrals never disappoint.