Many companies have attempted to copy our style, but only Jewish Roma is able to offer you the best quality tour because of our unique insight into Roman Jewish life. When we started introducing the world to Jewish Rome, the ghetto was not a tourist area. Today your visit to Rome must include a visit in this beautiful, fascinating, and still genuine microcosm in our cosmopolitan city.
When Jewish Roma Walking Tours was born in 2003 it was the only company that offered classical tours to Rome with a uniquely Jewish perspective.
Jewish Roma provides authentic experiences to our clients. Among tourists we had the honor to tour personalities coming from different fields, such as Guy Ritchie, Richard Lewis, the First Lady of Israel Sarah Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Daniel Pipes, Justine Fanarof, and many more.
Jewish Roma offers a wide range of classic tours of Rome through Jewish eyes to visitors of all ages, nationalities, and religious beliefs who want to delve into the history of Rome and learn about the presence of one of the largest and most culturally significant Jewish communities outside of Israel. Jewish Roma’s mission is to encourage research and interreligious dialogue because we are aware that the fight against discrimination is carried out with cultural awareness, experience, and appreciation. The experience of sharing our uniquely Roman Jewish culture creates opportunities for relationships, empathy, and conversation.
The first Jews in Rome…
Came directly from Eretz Israel in 161 BCE. It was Chanukah and the Maccabees decided to travel as ambassadors to Rome in order to ask for protection from the Romans against the Syrian King Antiochus who had been giving the Jews in Judea a hard time. They came to Rome, and as you can see or will soon see, how could they not like it? Roma has a nice climate, there was an important harbor, and there was much potential for business and better life. This small group of Jews settled and created the first community in the Golah, also known as the diaspora.
In 70 CE Titus destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem. He brought many Jews to Rome as slaves, as well as the Menorah stolen from the Temple. The Jews living in Rome paid a ransom to liberate their brothers and sisters. All that happened more than 2,000 years ago…and still we thrive here today, after the Inquisition, the persecutions, the Ghetto and the extermination camps of the Nazis. There are only 16,000 Jews in Rome, and we are the oldest continuous community in this amazing city. We never moved from here. The Jewish community of Rome has witnessed much change and hardship, yet our traditions and values remain strong and vibrant while living a Jewish life in a society based around Christianity.
Our city tours of Rome will bring you to the Synagogue in Ostia Antica, with the amazing surrounding archaeological area, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, the Jewish Vatican tour and the peerless Moses by Michelangelo, The Ghetto and the Jewish Museum, the Jewish Catacombs and the fascinating Roman Aqueductus and the majestic Baths of Caracalla.
Jewish Roma tours are led by guides authorized by the Jewish Museum of Rome, well educated in art history and passionate about the Jewish aspects, anecdotes, intersection of these two gigantic cultures that come together in the great history of Rome.
A Jewish local guide knows stories that can’t be found in a travel book!