Where is the Jewish Ghetto in Rome?

Old Jun 10th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Where is the Jewish Ghetto in Rome?

I've heard about it but where exactly is it?
I'll be staying close to the Spanish Steps and wonder if this is something I can walk to and if it's worth a visit???
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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Hi S,

You can see where it used to be.
http://www.inforoma.it/feature.php?lookup=ghetto

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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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The area is not very large, and there is not very much to see. The Turtle Fountain in Piazza Mattei is charming.

If you go to the Ghetto, have a meal of Roman-Jewish specialties there. Da Giggetto is as good as any of the other restaurants, and if you are outside, you can look at some Roman ruins while eating.
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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Hey schnookies you really have to run down and get your map! It will make all of your planning so much easier. I know it is hard to get a perspective of distances and the overall picture just by imagination. Happy planning!
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Yes, definitely get a map.

Another thing you can do is set up pedestrian itineraries with mappy.com . Enter two addresses in Rome, select Pedestrian, and find the walking distance between them. In this case, the two addreses are "Piazza di Spagna" and "Largo di Torre Argentina". It's about a mile between the Spanish Steps and the Jewish Ghetto. I hope this URL will work for the path:
http://tinyurl.com/lge47
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Sorry guys....I'll get that map
Thanks for all the good info though. Since it's so close, I'll probably take a stroll there.
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Schnookies....From Spanish Steps, an ideal way to get to the ghetto area is by Tiber-boat. A fun and rarely publicized way to travel in Rome. They run regularly and you can catch one at the boat stop close to the Spanish Steps at Ponte Cavour (the bridge over the Tiber)..walk down Via Condotti which becomes Via Tomacelli street and you'll see the big schedule billboard signifying the Tiber Boats...for 2 Euros you can ride all day..but one euro will give you one trip..and that would be about a twenty minute delightful cruise to Isola Tiburtina and Ponte Fabricio/Ponte Cesto...walk across to the east bank and there will be the very large sinagoga. It's worth a guided tour through the magnificent structure (1904)...I suggest a very good Roman Ghetto meal at Al Pompieri (upstairs)..just a few short blocks from the sinagoga, toward Piazza Cenci...at one visit we thoroughly enjoyed the superb fried artichokes, zucchini flowers and a white fish dish with marvelous red sauce..very reasonable for lunch...about 20E's.
Enjoy! Try the boats, you'll like it. Good way to get to the Vatican from Spanish Steps, also...

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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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Stu, that's some great advice that I didn't even know about. I'm going to have to try these boats. Are they like the gondolas where a few people can jump aboard?? I could take the boat there and maybe walk back. Thanks!
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the boats are for about 20 passengers more or less...put-put motors....

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I second the recommendation for Al Pompiere in the Jewish Ghetto. This restaurant is a staple for us whenever in Rome.

Offfers very good traditional Roman dishes.
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Bill Boy...a person of good taste!
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