One of the most fascinating aspects of Rome is that it shields treasures from the past. Visiting Rome means travelling through time and discover how it was living in the past.
In 1555 the Jews of Rome were forced to live in the Ghetto, which was established by the Pope of the time, Paul IV, who imposed harsh religious and economic restrictions on the Jewish community.
The Ghetto was a closed neighborhood ì, gates had to be closed at night everyday and it was abolished only in 1870.
Today, that area is still the main Jewish area of Rome despite Jews don’t necessarily live there anymore.
Tourists can visit the area, taste typical food and experience a new culture in the heart of Italy’s capital.
The best way to do is to visit the Jewish Museum of Rome. By taking part to the Jewish Museum’s organized tours of the area, tourists can learn about the historical background and visit the Great Synagogue. And then, with the same group, explore the Jewish quarter.
As for food, the former Jewish Ghetto offers a lot of choice. Ba’’ghetto has a combination of Middle Eastern cuisine and Roman Jewish kosher food and Fonzie Burger House surprises its clients with a big variety of choices and tasty kosher burgers. Bella Carne is a restaurant specialized in meat, La Taverna Del Ghetto offers the dishes of the Roman Jewish tradition and Nonna Betta brings its clients to the time of the Ghetto.
Despite the difficulties of the past, the institution of the Ghetto and the later Jewish mass deportation from the area in the 40s , the Jews of Rome celebrate their culture and pass on their traditions to the future generations.