Rome Travels provides a great itinerary through the Rome Jewish area for those who want to see the enormous heritage of the Jewish culture in Rome.
The Rome Jewish community is the oldest in Europe, since appx. 150 b. C., when a few people came from the Holy Land to Ancient Ostia, the main Sea-Port of Rome and built their Synagogue ( now there are beautiful remains of the Old Temple in Ostia and we can set up a visit of Ancient Ostia: see our section Ostia ). The Synagogue of Rome is the most modern artfact we have of the Rome Jewish "Ghetto", built in 1904.
On request, we arrange for Jewish Tour Rome: we may plan to see a couple of itineraries, including also the Portico d' Ottavia, the Tiber Island and Trastevere area. Each corner is absolutely fascinating. In Trastevere is absolutely certain that the early Jewish of Rome chose this area as their first settlement.
We will find out why the Jewish History of Rome is forever related to the History of Rome: most of the current local Jewish community - 13.000 appx. - is more Roman than those who are non Jewish.
We will not tell you here the history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, as we would need hundreds of pages. But we will be pleased to guide you throughout these magnificent parts of Rome. It is enough to consider that, coupled with a few more areas of Rome, the Rome Jewish area is the most preserved old quarter of Rome downtown. Middle Ages, Legends, Renaissance and Baroque cross its history.