Discover the Jewish Ghetto of Rome
The origins of the Jewish community in Rome are dated back into II century BC.
The Pope Paul IV promulgated the Papal bull Cum Nimis in 1555 and stripped the local Jews of their rights and citizenship, and order the creation of an specific place to move the Jewish families. Located nearby the Tiber, the quarter was undesirable and prone to flooding. So, the life inside the Ghetto it was hard the area wasn’t always as picturesque as it is today. Nowadays there are about 14,000 members of the Jewish community in Rome.
Boutique shops, Kosher kitchens, and bakeries line the streets of this neighborhood, as a visual sign that the once unseemly ghetto is now a thriving neighborhood. Within the area, the endangered Judeo-Italian dialect, known by only 250 people in the world, is sometimes spoken, using Italian prefixes and suffixes with Hebrew and Aramaic roots. In general, the quarter boasts some of the finest dining in the city – but their fried artichokes and filetto di baccala' (cod fish) are a specialties that simply can’t be missed! The Great Synagogue of Rome, The Tempio Maggiore di Roma is the largest Synagogue iof the city. designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armani and completed in 1904.
Discover also Rione Trastevere the most charming, picturesque neighborhood in all of Rome with it's narrow streets and clothing lines strewn with colorful assortments of hanging laundry. The origins of this special Roman distric back at the time of the Emepror Octavius Augustus.