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Jewish Ghetto of Rome

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto was established by a decree from Pope Paul IV on July 14, 1555. The decree also required the Jews of Rome, which had existed as a community since before Christian times and which numbered about 2,000 at the time, to live in the ghetto. Although the area of Rome chosen for the ghetto was the most undesirable quarter of the city, subject to constant flooding by the Tiber River, it is now a desirable destination for locals and tourists alike. In this area too are a number of shops selling Roman Jewish Judiacia and kosher restaurants, which are a refreshing change from the pizza/pasta monotony that one find literally everywhere else in the city. Make sure to stop by the restaurant Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia to try a typical Jewish meal, stroll through Largo 16 Ottobre 1943, the square named after the day the Nazis demanded 110 pounds of gold in 24 hours from the Italian people in exchange for Jewish safety, explore the Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome, and visit Santa Maria della Pieta church nestled in the Ghetto with the initial purpose of converting Jews to Christianity. The Great Synagogue of Rome and Jewish Museum, built in 1904, is also a must see if you are curious or interested about Jewish history. If you head east of the ghetto, the ruins of Portico di Ottavia, temple house turned fish market turned church, is one of the most captivating passage ways in Rome.

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*Via del Portico d'Ottavia *Portico d'Ottavia *Largo 16 Ottobre 1943 *Santa Maria della Pietà *Great Synagogue of Rome and Jewish Museum *Ponte Fabricio

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