Today, visiting the Ghetto in Rome means enjoying an experience covering the five senses and including sightseeing, history, culture and dining.
The first traces of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome date back to 1555 A.D, when Pope Paul 4th signed the withdrawal of the rights of Jewish citizens, secluding them in a restricted area between the Tiber and Piazza Venezia. Besides the majestic Synagogue – known as Tempio Maggiore – and hosting the Jewish Museum and the Spanish Temple, highlights of the area include the ruins of the Portico d’Ottavia (dating back to 146 B.C), home to the former fish market, and the nearby Teatro Marcello (a tiny version of the Colosseum), as well as the Fontana delle Tartarughe, a small architectural jewel in marble and bronze dating back to 1581 A.D.
The Ghetto is also the ideal destination for those wishing to savour the best of the Kosher cuisine in the Italian capital, featuring a vast array of restaurants, pastry shops and cafés serving Jewish-Roman specialities. Thanks to the highly relevant number of Jewish in the Italian capital, Jewish cuisine has a stronghold on the Roman food tradition, being some of the kosher ingredients and specialities a part of the local gastronomy.
Some of the Jewish-Roman dishes include “carciofi alla giudia”, “stracotto di manzo”, “concia di zucchine” and “aliciotti con l’indivia”, which can be found in the majority of the Roman restaurants and in the various Kosher eateries, mostly spread around the area of Isola Tiberina – portico d’Ottavia, close to the Jewish ghetto. Highlights offering the best of the Jewish cuisine fully respecting the principles of the kashrut and certified by the local Jewish community include Ba Ghetto, Ba Ghetto Carne (for meat), Ba Ghetto Milky, Bellacarne, Su Ghetto (especially for meat), Yotvatà (for dairy products) and Daruma Sushi Kosher.