JEWISH WALKING TOUR
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours Starting time: varied
Sunday – Friday
Semi-private tour (6 guests max). Private available upon request
Meeting Point: TBC upon booking
*Your guide has been trained in accordance with Jewish law and will provide water during the tour,
Every corner of the Eternal City tells a story. It’s just about knowing where to look. And as we Jews are among Rome’s most ancient settlers, many of these stories revolve around us: our legacy, our laws, and our long and complex history. I created this Jewish walking tour as a way of telling you our story: giving you a fresh perspective on the Eternal City as you come face to face with its most famous sites and monuments.
Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll visit the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Jewish Ghetto. Here, at the heart of Rome’s Jewish community, you can wind down from your exploration with a delicious kosher meal.
Your Jewish walking tour starts at the Spanish Steps
The tumbling balustrades and balconies of the Spanish Steps are truly a sight to behold. What better place to meet for the beginning of our Jewish walking tour! Find out all about them (including what makes them Spanish!) before we make our way towards the Trevi Fountain.
Within sight of the Spanish Steps is the towering Colonna dell’Immacolata (Column of the Immaculate Conception). Most tours overlook this 19th-century monument, or make passing reference to the figure of the Virgin on its pedestal.
I’ll introduce you to the four Jewish prophets at its base, and reveal the fascinating story behind their presence.
As we approach the Trevi Fountain, we’ll pass part of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. This marvel of ancient Roman engineering still feeds the magnificent Trevi Fountain. You’ll be shocked to find out for how many centuries it’s been doing so.
From the beautiful Baroque Trevi Fountain, it’s just a short stroll to the Pantheon
The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most visited monuments, but few people know what they’re looking at. On this Jewish walking tour, I’ll offer you a unique perspective of this beautifully ornate monument.
As we navigate the winding, cobbled streets of Rome’s historic center, we’ll suddenly stumble upon the Italian Parliament building of Montecitorio. Passing Romans tend to gaze up at the Egyptian obelisk standing outside in the square. Few ever take note of Menorah curved around its entrance.
My Jewish walking tour will disclose this hidden history, adding to your all-new perspective of Rome’s main sites.
From the Italian Parliament, it’s a couple of minutes’ walk to the Pantheon: the most enduring example of Roman architecture in the city (if not the world). Admiring it from the outside, I’ll share the secrets of this fascinating temple with you, nourishing you with a profound knowledge of a true ancient wonder.
We then visit Rome’s most stunning squares: Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori
This part of your Jewish walking tour leads you out of the center’s narrow streets and out into its open spaces. We’ll explore the picturesque Piazza Navona, where the influence of Bernini and Borromini can still be felt. Find out what lies beneath the piazza and from where it derives its curious shape.
Walking a few minutes south past historic churches and palaces, we’ll arrive at Campo de’ Fiori. This tranquil square masks a dark and disturbing history. For it was here that the Romans carried out public executions.
But there’s another perturbing event that took place in Campo de’ Fiori: an event involving the persecution of a community through a concerted attack on its identity.
In 1553, the Romans burned 20,000 copies of the Talmud. What’s even more shocking is that it took until 2011 for them to inscribe the event in history with this commemorative plaque.
Your Jewish walking tour finishes in the Jewish Ghetto. Here, I will recommend you one of my favorite restaurants for a kosher meal. Not one you’d ever find online, but one you’ll only discover through a local!
Click here for the meeting point >> Foot of the Spanish Steps, near the Barcaccia Fountain
Look for the sign saying “Roman Jews”