Your LivTours Private Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Tour of Rome starts in Piazza Trilussa at the fountain of Ponte Sisto, in Trastevere (Tras-across, Tevere-Tiber). Let yourself get lost in the maze of enchanting, narrow cobblestone streets. From the Roman Republic up until the end of the Middle Ages, Trastevere was the center of the Jewish community. Your private tour guide will fascinate you with stories about this history-filled part of the city. Enjoy the quiet peacefulness of this neighborhood during the daytime, perhaps you will come back in the evening when the squares are vibrant and full of life, filled with both locals and tourists. Your guide will lead you to one of Rome’s most ancient churches, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, where you can admire its beautiful golden mosaics and ancient Roman funerary artifacts.
As you leave this romantic neighborhood behind, you will cross the River Tiber by way of an island, the Isola Tiberina. This important island holds the secrets of Rome’s great success, now home to one of the oldest hospitals in Rome. On the other side of the river is the Jewish Ghetto, but your guide will take a slight detour to show you the impressive remains of a huge ancient theater, Teatro Marcello.
Once you reach the Jewish Ghetto, your private local guide will show you the stunning architecture, charming squares, and the narrow cobblestone alleyways this amazing ancient neighborhood offers. Today the area is a hidden treasure, but not long ago, it was an enclosed community that lived in overcrowded and putrid conditions. Your guide will take you by the Great Synagogue of Rome – admire its beautiful façade as your guide shares with you its history. The Synagogue is available to be explored after the tour if you would like to continue your visit inside.
Complete the tour with a delicious cup of espresso or gelato as you savor the moment.