Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
In the heart of Rome, inside the ancient Jewish Ghetto, a quiet island in central Rome, nearby the Campidoglio and Roman Forums and 5 minutes walk to Trastevere district, Campo dei Fiori, Navona square and the Pantheon, just across the ruins of the ancient Marcello’s theatre, in Via del Portico D’Ottavia there is “Palazzo dei Fabii”, a Building built in the 1432 on top of the remains of a Roman market (the Portico of Filippo
On the first floor of this patrician building we propose a fully furnished and very quiet apartment. The apartment is furnished with simple, but elegant oak wood furniture and wooden ceilings. There are all the modern amenities: air conditioning, safe, 2 LCD televisions, telephone, ADSL for internet, bathroom with Jacuzzi and shower, hair-dryer and a little but well equipped kitchen.
Renovation of the antique brick archways, as well as the artistic hand painted frescos, give at the apartment an atmosphere of refined elegance. The apartment is an open-space on two levels. On the first level there is the kitchen a large bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower and hair-dryer, and a comfortable living room.
On the upper deck, there is a bedroom, with a French bed and another small room with a single bed. Even being an open space it maintain romantic and elegant atmosphere.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ostia 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ciampino/Fiumicino 15 km, Nearest railway: Trastevere 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The rate includes the cleaning service from Monday to Saturday at 12:00am (changing of towels and sheets is done every third day).
You have the opportunity to enjoy a free appetizer (drink not included) at the Hotel Santa Maria (Vicolo del Piede, 2) every day from 6:00pm to 8.00pm.
Moreover you could take advantage of the buffet breakfast at the Residenza Santa Maria (Via dell'Arco di San Calisto, 20) every morning from 7:30am to 10:30am at a special price of €10.00 per person.
For transfers from/to the airports: €55.00 up to 4 people (one way), €75.00 up to 8 people (one way), please contact us by email
For organization and information about private guided tours in Rome and surroundings, please contact:
|Further details outdoors|
* Private Guided Tours - www.tourinrome.com
* Sightseeing Bus Tours - www.vaticanguidedtour.com
* Transfer from/to Airport € 55,00, up to 4 people - € 75,00, up to 8 people
* Shiatsu massage
* Beauty Centre
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The Lazio region
The name of the region also survives in the tribal designation of the ancient population of Latins , from whom the Romans originated. In Roman mythology, the shadowy king Latinus allegedly gave his name to the region. The name is most likely derived from the Latin word "latus", meaning "wide", expressing the idea of "flat land" (in contrast to the local Sabine high country) but the name may originate from an earlier, non Indo-European one.
Latium, originally inhabited by the Latins, extended its boundaries to the territories of the Sanniti, the Marsi and Campania thanks to the Roman conquests, taking in the lands of the Ernici, the Equi, the Aurunci and Volsci. This territory was called Latium Novi to differentiate it from Latium veteres, which indicated the original boundaries.
A landscape in Lazio: part of Tivoli, near Rome, seen from the upper terraces of the Villa d'Este. During the Augustus' administrative system, Latium - together with the present region of Campania- was the first Italian region.
After the Gothic war (535-554) and the Byzantine conquest, this region regained its freedom, because the "Roman Duchy" became the property of the Eastern Emperor. However the long wars against the Longobards impaired the region which was seized by the Roman Bishop who already had several properties in those territories.
The strengthening of the religious and ecclesiastical aristocracy led to continuous power struggles between lords and the Roman bishop until the middle of the XVI century. Innocent III tried to strengthen his own territorial power, wishing to assert his authority on the provincial administrations of Tuscia, Campagna and Marittima through the Church's representatives, in order to tear down the Colonna's power. Other popes tried to do the same.
Rome is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city, with 2,705,317 residents, an urban area of 3,457,690 as well as a metropolitan area of 4,013,057 inhabitants spread over a 5.352 km² area. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber river.
Rome's history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilization. Even outside of the history of the Roman Empire, Rome has a significant place in the story of Christianity up to the present day, for it endures as the home of the papacy. The worldwide Roman Catholic Church is administered from the Vatican City, run by the Holy See as an independent enclave and the world's smallest sovereign state.
Today, Rome is a modern, cosmopolitan city, and the third most-visited tourist destination in the European Union. Due to its influence in politics, media, the arts and culture, Rome has been described as a global city.
For centuries, Rome's Jewish ghetto has been the site of both relentless persecution and the undying pride and solidarity of a tight-knit community. Built in 1555 on the banks of a frequently flooded bend of the Tiber River, the ghetto was the forced home of the Roman Jewish population for more than 300 years, between the Counter-Reformation (16th century) and Italian unification (19th century). Though most of the old ghetto has been torn down, you can still find a few reminders of the Roman Jews' storied past and lively present. If you want to visit the synagogue and museum, avoid this walk on a Saturday, when they're closed.
Getting There: The Jewish ghetto was — and Rome's main synagogue still is — on the east bank of the Tiber, near the Isola Tiberina (Island in the Tiber) and the ancient ruins of the Theater of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello). It's a 10-minute walk southwest from Piazza Venezia.
Synagogue and Jewish Museum: On Lungotevere dei Cenci. Modest dress is required. If you're not there for a prayer service, the only way to visit the synagogue is with an hourly tour.
Walking Tour: Walking tours of the Jewish Ghetto are conducted at least once a day Sun–Fri (usually at 13:15, no Sat tours). Ask for the schedule at the museum entry and sign up at least 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time (a minimum of three participants is required).
Jews in Rome
Read Rick's article on "Rome's Jewish Legacy" for the history of the Jewish people in Rome.
The Walk Begins
Start at the north end of Ponte Fabricio, which connects central Rome with the Isola Tiberina and the neighborhood of Trastevere. You'll see the big synagogue with its square dome. The former ghetto consists of the synagogue and the several blocks behind it.
Ponte Fabricio is nicknamed Ponte Quattro Capi ("Bridge of the Four Heads") for its statues of the four-faced pagan god Janus. In ancient times, it was called Pons Judaeocum ("Jews' Bridge") because foreigners, immigrants, and Jews — who weren't allowed to live in central Rome — would commute across this bridge to get into town. Some 30,000 Jews lived in a thriving community in Trastevere. Look down at the river. The embankment was only built in the late 19th century. Before then, this was the worst flood zone of the Roman riverbank — just right for a ghetto for the politically powerless.
With your back to the river, at your left is the...
Synagogue (Sinagoga) and Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico)
In the 16th century, when Pope Paul IV forced the Jews to reside within a walled ghetto, the center of its four-square-block area was this synagogue. When Italy became unified in 1870, the ghetto was essentially demolished, replaced with the modern blocks you see today.
The Jews were initially offered better real estate for their synagogue, but chose instead to rebuild here, on the original site. This new "Synagogue of Emancipation" was built in a remarkable three years (completed 1904) with the enthusiastic support of the entire Roman community. This is where Pope John Paul II made his historic visit in 1986.
Follow his Holiness' footsteps and enter the synagogue via the main door on the riverside. The €7.50 admission, which includes museum entrance and a guided synagogue visit, is the only way to gain access to the interior, unless you're here for daily prayer service.
Inside the synagogue, take in the impressive dome, which is square to distinguish it from a Christian church. Ponder the inside of the dome, painted with the colors of the rainbow — symbolic of God's promise to Noah that there would be no more floods. The stars on the ceiling recall God's pledge that Abraham's descendants would flourish and be as many as the stars in the sky. As there were no Jewish architects and no models to study when it was built, this churchlike synagogue is Art Nouveau with a dash of Tiffany. The sandy color tones are a reminder of the community's desert heritage.
The museum shows off historically significant artifacts described in English. You'll see second-century B.C. reliefs with Jewish symbols, finely worked Judaica (religious items), and other relics of the Jewish past. As the Jews were not allowed to be craftsmen during the ghetto period, they had to commission many of the pieces you'll see from some of the finest Christian artists of that time — the same artists working for the kings and aristocracy of Europe — making these items historically and artistically significant. Note that Jewish historians don't use "B.C." (Before Christ) or "A.D." (Anno Domini), but rather "B.C.E." (Before the Common Era) and "C.E." (Common Era). The museum also shows a film in English of the Nazi occupation of Rome.
Back outside, you may notice security measures around the synagogue: heavy concrete planter boxes (that double as car-bomb barriers), policemen in kiosks, and video cameras on the fences.
Look for the yellow church at the head of the Ponte Fabricio....
Santa Maria della Pietà (a.k.a. San Gregorio)
When the ghetto was a walled-in town, Catholics built churches at each gate to try and spread their faith to the Jews. Notice the Hebrew script under the crucifix. It quotes the Jewish prophet Isaiah — "All day long, I have stretched out my hands to a disobedient and faithless nation that has lost its way" (Isaiah 65:2) — but misuses the quote to give it an anti-Semitic twist.
Walk away from the river behind the synagogue toward the ancient Roman ruins. The small square in front of the ruins is called...
Largo 16 Ottobre 1943
This square is named for the day when Nazi trucks parked here and threatened to take the Jews to concentration camps unless the community came up with 110 pounds of gold in 24 hours. Everyone, including non-Jewish Romans, tossed in their precious gold, and the demand was met. The Nazis took the gold, and later, they took the Jews as well.
The big ancient ruin is the...
This monumental gateway — with columns supporting a triangular pediment — was built by soon-to-be emperor Augustus. Once flanked by temples and libraries, the passageway served as a kind of cultural center. After Rome's fall, the portico housed a thriving fish market. In the eighth century, the Portico became incorporated into the Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria. For centuries, this Christian church was packed every Saturday with Jews — forced by decree to listen to Christian sermons.
Locals love to tell of the poor old woman who refused to sell her land and now owns a priceless bit of real estate that includes an ancient arch (at #25 under the arch).
To the left is the main drag of today's ghetto. We'll head there soon, but first go to the bridge on your right to look down at the level of the street in Roman times. Just past the bridge, the former oratory is now a wedding-registry shop. (If open, pop in and see who's getting married when and admire their choice of table setting.) From the bridge, you get a fine view of Teatro di Marcello (which predates the Colosseum). Beyond it is the tree-capped Capitol Hill.
Now walk around the arch to the main street of the ghetto to...
Via del Portico d'Ottavia
This main drag — the best-preserved of the old streets — is a fine place to get a taste of yesterday's ghetto and today's Rome. From the start (near the Roman arch), look down the street. On the left is the new building from 1911. On the right, in the distance, is the only surviving line of old ghetto building fronts. Imagine today's street as it was then: much narrower (as it is at the far end today). Walking down the street, notice kosher restaurants proudly serving carciofi (artichokes, which only Jewish grandmothers can cook properly) and shops of fine, locally produced Judaica. You might see posters for community events, a few men wearing yarmulkes, and political graffiti, both pro- and anti-Israel. The Palestine Liberation Organization attacked this area in 1982, and a police presence still lingers.
After a block, you reach the center of the district. Look right, down Via San Ambrogio, to see an old surviving street. Looking down this lane, imagine the dense population, flood muck, and squalor of the past. The square ahead is newly pedestrianized. This is where older folks hang out together and shoot the breeze, sometimes even bringing their favorite chairs from home. Though the Jewish community has long since dispersed all over Rome, most Roman Jews continue to spend time in this neighborhood to enjoy the strong feeling of community that survives. The big yellow building (on the left) houses the Jewish school.
This neighborhood has become trendy recently, and apartment prices are now beyond the means of most members of the Jewish community. Ironically, only the richest Jews could afford to relocate after 1870 — and because the poor had to stay, their descendants have enjoyed healthy real-estate appreciation.
At #7, there's a gallery that generally features modern Israeli artists. At its door is a prayer capsule—residents touch it as they come and go to recall their Jewish creed.
Opposite the big school, take a one-block detour down Via della Reginella. At #28, notice where the six-floor buildings end and more elegant and spacious (but no taller) three-floor buildings begin...marking the end of the ghetto. In the square (Piazza Mattei) at the end of the lane is a fun fountain — an old Mannerist work, later embellished with turtles by Bernini. It's said that Bernini cared about the Jews and honored them with the symbol of a turtle — an ancient creature that carries all its belongings on its back.
Take a one-block detour down Via della Reginella, which branches off the square. At #28, notice where the six-floor buildings end and more elegant and spacious (but no taller) three-floor buildings begin...marking the end of the ghetto. In the square at the end of the lane is a fun fountain — an old Mannerist work, later embellished with turtles by Bernini. It's said that Bernini cared about the Jews and honored them with the symbol of a turtle — an ancient creature that carries all its belongings on its back.
Returning back to the main drag (Via del Portico Ottavia), continue to Bar Toto, where you'll see a slot in the wall—a ghetto-era charity box for orphans that still accepts donations for worthy causes. The ancient relief above the box marks the home of a big shot who, at the start of the Renaissance age (before the ghetto's establishment in 1555), plugged this chunk of ancient Rome into his facade for prestige. A bit farther down (at #1), another bit of ancient marble depicts a lion attacking a gazelle. Notice the big stone inset with a Latin inscription dated "MMCCXX." Yes, that's 2220, and no, it's not from the future. It marks the years since the birth of Rome in 753 b.c.—meaning it was carved in a.d. 1467.
At the next intersection (Piazza Costaguti), stand in the white decorative square in the cobbles. The Sora Margherita Associazione Culturale, a restaurant with no sign, is located on the car-filled square — Piazza delle Cinque Scole — 30 yards to the left, at #30. On your right is a traditional Jewish bakery. Go inside to check out the braided challah bread, cheesecakes, almond-paste-filled macaroons, and "Jewish Pizzas" — little fruitcakes. Just beyond that, the curving, white-columned structure is part of a former Carmelite convent. Imagine the outrage of the Jewish community when the Church built a convent and a Catholic school here in the ghetto to preach to their children, and forced locals to attend Mass.
Pop into the tunnel-like alleyway next to it, and — in the evocative little courtyard — imagine the tight conditions of thousands of Jews living in this small seven-acre area. Then head back to the main square and consider how times are much better today.
The Jewish Ghetto is an excellent location to explore all the treasures of Rome. It is right next to the beautiful ruins of Area Sacra Argentina and within 5 minutes walk to the Campidoglio, the Forum, the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori, and yet 10 minute walk to Trastevere – to Villa Farnesina and other marvels. Naturally, the Synagogue is right there, and you can visit an interesting Jewish Museum and the Synagogue itself. The main street of Via del Portico d'Ottavia is lined with inexpensive, open-air restaurants which are very popular and filled to capacity; consequently, the street musicians music is playing non-stop, and you will enjoy its merits from early afternoon towards late evening.
Everything gets closed Friday afternoon for Sabbath, and it becomes maybe a notch quieter, but then the youth gathers thickly by 10 pm, humming through the night. Piazza Costaguti never sleeps!
The place is very atmospheric. The immediate neighborhood is the richest in history - Portico d'Ottavia, the August's sister, is right there; Piazza Mattei with its beautiful fountain and Palazzo Costaguti, which is not open to the public, yet one can imagine great frescos that Stendhal mentions in his "Promenades dans Rome". Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari is another great baroque edifice, and Capella Costaguti with the cardinal hat laid in marble mosaic is the first chapel on the right.
Another great walk is along Via dei Funari, admiring, as Josef Brodsky, marvelous palazzi lining it, with a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria in Campitelli and review of the magnificent Palazzo Albertoni across the church.
Those moved by the story of Beatrice Cenci will find Palazzo Cenci in two-minute walk, and the Palazzo where she was kept under arrest on Via Giulia, nearby.
The location of Ghetto is also very well linked with public transportation. Take a bus either to Teatro di Marcello or to Argentina (Largo di Torre Argentina) – both are also excellent, amazing sightseens. If you decide to use the bus, seriously beware of pickpocketing - it thrives in buses, which are otherwise very useful and efficient to get anywhere relatively quickly. ATAC website will make a route for you from Jewish Ghetto anywhere in Rome you'll want to go.
Staying as a Roman in one of Ghetto apartments is easy – there are two food supermarkets - Despar on Corso Vittorio Emmanuele and Punto right behind San Carlo, towards Sant’Andrea della Vale, on Via dei Monti della Farina. In the latter supermercato there is fresh fish stand towards the weekend, where you can buy the daily catch. Alternatively, you can shop for any food at Campo de Fiori, and there are numerous pizzerias around, selling every imaginable kind of pizza.
Naturally, there are a few kosher bakeries, to which people line up on Sunday morning. Overall, it is a marvelous area to stay in Rome - You will feel the throbbing life of Rome, which is so lively.