Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto Walk

Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto Walk
Mosaics of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Tempietto di Bramante
Two of the most fascinating, beautiful, and historically rich neighborhoods in Rome are––inexplicably––some of the least visited in the city by the average tourist. The so-called Jewish Ghetto is full of hidden gems, like the adorable Turtle Fountain and the 2000-year-old Portico of Octavia. But this captivating neighborhood also tells the story of the pope-ordered confinement of the Roman Jews from the 16th to 19th centuries. Crossing Ponte Fabricio, the oldest working bridge in the city, and the Tiber Island, once an ancient center of healing, we come to the neighborhood of Trastevere (literally "across the Tiber"). This one-time working-class district has the feel of a small Italian village, and its narrow, cobbled streets are full of treasures, such as the glorious medieval mosaics in Santa Maria in Trastevere; Raphael's frescoes in Villa Farnesina; and Donato Bramante's Renaissance jewel, the tiny Tempietto up on Gianicolo Hill. But part of the joy of exploring these neighborhoods is taking part in the Italian tradition of the passeggiata (evening stroll), soaking up the local atmosphere, and getting some insider tips on the most authentic restaurants and bars in the area.

Ponte Fabricio and the Tiber Island [source]

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