EVENING STROLL

Rome’s wonders are no secret, and by day the crowds can be overwhelming. That’s why I created this Jewish evening stroll: to give you a new lens through which to view Rome’s enduring monuments in the still serenity of the evening. 

Over the course of the afternoon or evening, we’ll come face to face with the Eternal City’s  most famous household names. We’ll encounter 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.

Visit the stunning Spanish Steps

The tumbling balustrades and balconies of the Spanish Steps are truly a sight to behold. Find out all about these stunning steps (including what makes them Spanish!) before we make our way towards the Trevi Fountain.

Piazza Spagna: the meeting point for my Jewish evening stroll

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.

The Colonna Immacolata: an important attraction on my Jewish Evening stroll

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 evening stroll, I’ll offer you a unique perspective of this beautifully ornate monument.

Trevi Fountain

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 evening stroll will disclose this hidden history, adding to your all new perspective of Rome’s main sites.

The Parliament Building of Montecitorio. Can you see its Jewish symbol

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 evening stroll 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.

Campo de'Fiori: the last stop on my Jewish Evening stroll

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.

Commemorative plaque recording the burning of the Talmud in Campo de' Fiori

Your Jewish evening stroll 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!

Why not combine this evening tour with a Jewish Vatican tour or Rome Synagogue tour earlier in the day! Need convincing? Check out the reviews left by my guests on TripAdvisor!

Click here for the meeting point >> Foot of the Spanish Steps, near the Barcaccia Fountain

Look for the sign saying “Roman Jews”

A Master Storyteller

Rated 5 out of 5
20 May 2022

I’ve been to the Colosseum before but never with a guide. Marco’s tour was really something else. As a Roman Jew, born and raised in the ghetto, he offers a unique perspective on Rome’s ancient history. He told us about the Colosseum’s origins (I didn’t know the history of Jerusalem was so intertwined) and gave us the stories and context around inscriptions and artefacts I’d passed by before without realising how significant they were. Marco is a master storyteller and an expert in his field. I can’t recommend his tours enough.

Alexander

Amazing

Rated 5 out of 5
6 May 2022

Marco was an amazing guide ! I can’t imagine touring rome without him. I can’t wait to have the chance to see more of Italy with his guide ! He made the stories come alive. He is so informative. And makes the information easy to understand bc he is so passionate! Amazing tours of the Jewish ghetto and the Vatican!! Can’t wait to come again!

Victoria S

You won’t find a better tour guide

Rated 5 out of 5
29 April 2022

We loved Marco’s combo tour of the Jewish Ghetto and Ancient Rome so much that we immediately booked his Vatican tour for the following day. We lucked out and he was able to add us to a group that had already booked the tour before us. Marco’s encyclopedic knowledge of history, fascinating insights, personality and great sense of humor made for an exceptional tour . I highly recommend Marco!

Joseph H

The only way to go in Rome

Rated 5 out of 5
29 April 2022

If you don’t tour Rome with Marco then you haven’t seen Rome. Marco is like no other tour guide. Marco is captivating, passionate and super friendly. We left the tour after 4 plus hours wanting even more. Marco was also happy to help us in any way we needed while we were there not just for tours.

Eli B

Best Jewish Vatican Tour

Rated 5 out of 5
28 April 2022

Marco was the most amazing tour guide for the Vatican, showing us things we would’ve completely missed without him. Because it was our honeymoon, we were surprised with a special private tour and left with recommendations for the rest of our trip. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you Marco!!!

Evie G