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Ghetto & Trastevere Districts

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 Tour highlights

Aventine Hill, Circus Maximus, Mouth of Truth, Temple of Hercules, Temple of Portumnus, Forum Olitorium (archaeological remains of Mater Matuta, Fortuna, Ops, Spes and of Juno Sospita Temples), Marcellus Theater, Porticus of Octavia, Synagogue, Tiberine Island, Basilica of St. Cecilia in Trastevere (visit), Characteristic narrow streets, Basilica of St. Mary in Trastevere (visit).


 Tour information

Tour Code & Name: RW/05 - Ghetto & Trastevere Districts

Duration: 3 hours approximately

Meeting Point: Metro line B stop "Circo Massimo"

Departure Time: 9:00 a.m.

Operating days: all year round (on Sundays and religious holidays is better performing the visit in the afternoons)

For 2010  the religious Holidays are: January 1, 6, February 11, March 19, April 5, May 1, June 29, August 14, November 1, December 8, 25

Handicapped Visitors: itinerary feasible with wheelchair

Transportation: entirely walking tour

Entrance Fees: none

Fees: meals, public transportation (taxis, metros, buses) and museum or monument entrance fees (indicated on the tour information schedule) are not included and must be paid by the client on the spot. When requested and when it is possible, we may purchase tickets beforehand and we may book a selected restaurant.

Languages availability: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Other languages on demand.

Dress Code: entrance to the Churches requires appropriate attire: covered shoulders, long or short sleeves (no sleeveless arms), long trousers for gentlemen and skirts or trousers, long enough to cover their knees, for ladies.

Booking: Tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.


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 Itinerary description

Conducted by a licensed tour guide, start this itinerary on the Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills to have a complete view of the Circus Maximus, the longest chariot race track of the Empire.

See conspicuous remains of the magnificent imperial palaces in the Palatine Hill (another of the seven hills) where Rome was founded by the legendary Romulus and Remus on the 21 April 753 B.C.

Reach the area anciently called Forum Boarium, ancient cattle market and probably wholesale market for meat. Here is the church of St. Mary in Cosmedin, church of Greek origin, where in its portico is a famous piece of roman legends: the marble Mouth of Truth (bocca della veritÓ). Put your hand into this 2500 years old lie detector to imitate Gregory Peck in the picture Roman Holidays.

In front of the church are two very well preserved temples of ancient republican period: the Temple of Hercules (god of cattle) and the Temple of Portumnus (god protecting the nearby river commercial port (Portus Tiberinus).

Near to the Forum Boarium there was the Forum Olitorium, wholesale market for legumes and fruit. The archeological remains we will see near the church of St. Omobono, belonged to the temples of Mater Matuta and of Fortuna, built in the 4th century B.C.

To the temples of Janus, of Spes and of Juno Sospita were belonging the ruins and columns near the church of St. Nicholas, built in the XVI in the ruins of the Temple of Juno Sospita.

See the fašade arches of the magnificent Marcellus Theater, built in the 1st c. B.C. It could contain 15.000 spectators. 

Enter in the area of old Ghetto, Hebraic district of about three hectares, included in the area between Marcellus Theater, Monte dei Cenci, Lungotevere Cenci , Mattei Square. From 1555, by order of Pope Paul IV, all Roman Hebrews (eight hundred families) were obliged to live in the district; this was surrounded by high walls. It was abolished only in 1870, after the fall of the Church State.

Arrive to the archeological remains of the 1st c. B.C. Portico of Octavia, dedicated to Augustus' sister. It surrounded the Temples of Jupiter Stator and of Juno Regina, and it was an important cultural center with its Latin and Greek libraries. 

Visit the Synagogue consecrated in 1904 and the museum of Rome Jewish Community..

Crossing the river Tiber on the Fabricius  and on the Caestius bridges built in 1st B.C., and reach the most characteristic district of central Rome: Trastevere district. This area, during ancient roman times, was a resort area where wealthy Romans had their villas. But during medieval period it became a popular, folkloristic district, and it still is today.

Through characteristic medieval streets arrive at N. 14 of Via dei Salumi where is an ancient Synagogue, then to Via dei Vascellari where is the Basilica of St. Caecilia. Admire the magnificent marble statue of St. Caecilia by Stefano Maderno. It was sculptured in the position the body miraculously intact was found in 1599 in the Catacombs of St. Calixtus. In the apse is the precious mosaic of 9th century representing The Redeemer and Saints.

In the convent, in the nuns' choir, is the stupendous Last Judgment, a fresco painting by Pietro Cavallini, the best roman painter at the end of 13th century.

Leaving the church arrive to Piazza Sonnino, where is the medieval Anguillara Tower, which houses Dante's House, an important Italian institution promoting in the world Italian language and studies on poet Dante Alighieri.

Walking through narrow streets arrive to the Basilica of St. Mary in Trastevere, first roman church to be consecrated in the 4th century to St. Mary. In the nave the lacunars gilded wooden carved ceiling is by The Assumption of St. Mary painted by Domenichino (1617).

In the arch surrounding the apse and in this, rich decoration in mosaic of 1140: The Redeemer, St. Mary sitting on a throne and Saints. Underneath, six mosaic panels with Life episodes of St. Mary by Pietro Cavallini (13th century). 


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