Ancient Ostia and Synagogue
Probably this area was already inhabited since 1400 BCE because at the east of Ostia were salt-pans, salt was probably already extracted in the Middle and Late Bronze Age (1400-1000 BC). There may have been a small village near the salt-pans in the Early Iron Age (1000-700 BC). The city of Ostia started its development during the Roman Monarchy time 8 th cent BCE and it faced decline only in the 4th century CE. Visiting this massive archeological park we will discover apartment buildings, with two or more upper floors, and the so-called medianum-apartments, the habitations of the commercial middle class, the Domus, the houses of the upper class, and also hotels , bars and hundreds of shops, Baths and communal latrines, Wall-paintings and beautiful Mosaics. Temples and little shrines, dedicated to traditional and oriental deities. Very interesting are the synagogue ruis, which are located in a not well-known tourist site. So be ready to walk to see the Aaron akodesh and mosaics built in the mid-first century of what is considered to be the Oldest European Synagogue and the second oldest of the Diaspora.
So many things to see and so little time, but do not miss your chance and book a tour with me!!!
The Jewish Quarter (former Ghetto)
This is a must-see! The place where the Jews were once confined and which has now become the heart of the Jewish community in Rome. Narrow streets and hidden fountains in quiet squares make this place a sight to behold, a beautiful gem frozen in time. Filled with traditional Jewish restaurants and bakeries located in marvelous ancient buildings dating back to Roman and Medieval periods, the Jewish Quarter is the epitome of a timeless life style. Everything is slow and relaxed, and a stark contrast from the hectic lifestyle of the rest of the city. The lovely Rome Synagogue and Jewish Museum are also located here and constitute a fundamental chapter of Jewish history. For this tour tickets can be purchased on the spot using credit card or cash (Museum and synagogues are closed to visitors on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays)
Colosseum - Arch of Titus - Roman Forum
Inaugurated in 80 CE and also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is the symbol of the Roman Empire and at the same time the heart of entertainment. On this tour you will have the opportunity to learn how it was built and its historical significance for the Jewish community. You will also visit the Arch of Titus whose symbolism is central to the Jewish communities all over the globe. Here you will see carved in marble the seven-branched candelabrum called the Menorah and the additional goods stolen from the Temple of Jerusalem destroyed by Titus during the Jewish War in Judea in 70 CE. This triumphal arch is located at the foot of the Palatine Hill on the Via Sacra leading to the Forum Romanus which was the heart of social and political life of Rome.
The Isola Tiberina and Trastevere
This is the world’s smallest inhabited island, dating back to ancient Roman times, and it is located in the middle of the Tiber River. Why is it so famous? Come and discover its extremely ancient origins and learn about its many legends and mysterious stories!
Indeed Trastevere literally means “across from the Tiber river” and it is said to be the “birthplace of real Romans”. We will discover who can now be considered a true Roman as we’ll walk through the cobblestone alleys, appreciate the charm of the typically low-rise terracotta buildings, and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the heart of Rome, a place of exquisite beauty.
The Vatican Museums Jewish view or standard
The Saint Peter's Basilica, Popes grottos and the Dome
Private Viewing of Jewish Catacomb
Only for the brave! The Catacomb’s caretaker will open the site especially for your private visit. In order to discover this ancient Jewish Roman underground cemetery, you will be provided a flashlight. During the tour I will show you burial sites, tombstones and frescos dated back to the Emperors times. Temperature is pleasantly cool during the summer and warm in winter, but most important of all … remember to bring your camera and take as many pictures as possible!
After this tour in general we continue Exploring the Appian Way, which was one of the earliest and most important Roman roads, that’s why it is called “Regina Viarum… the Queen of the roads.” It was the main highway leading to South Italy and the most important Mediterranean sea ports. Away from the city center, you can appreciate the area and the natural landscape of Rome and its abundant parks.
(Catacombs tour it is not suitable for small children)
Magical Rome Squares and fountains
This walking tour is particularly suitable for children and families. Will start from the Spanish Steps/Trinità dei Monti obelix, one of the most famous squares of Rome and the heart of Baroque period and fashion brands, we will keep on walking to reach Trevi’s Fountain where you could see a unique piece dedicated to the triumph of the water and of course, you must toss a coin. Then we will continue towards the Temple of Hadrian, where you will be able to see how still today an ancient Roman times building is used by institutions. Master piece build in the early period of the Roman Empire, we are going to visit the Pantheon (one of the best preserved ancient roman monuments of all Rome) and finally we will reach Navona square (famous stadium built by the Emperor Domitian during the ancient Roman times, and where long time after in 17th century, the Baroque artist Gianlorenzo Bernini located one of his masterpiece “the fountain of the 4 rivers”). Leaving the square we will visit the well-known marketplace of Campo de Fiori and the first part of the tour will end in the Jewish quarter a must see in Rome, where we will have a nice and delicious lunch at one of the restaurants there where you will be able to taste the authentic dishes of the Roman cuisine.