One of the least known but most interesting area of the beautiful Italian capital Rome's Ghetto: a neighborhood with long history and many facets that should not be let slip during a visit to what is called the most beautiful city in the world.
The ghetto of Rome is the second oldest existing after the one in Venice, and was born in 1555 when Pope Paul IV with the issuing of a papal bull limited the rights of the Roman Jews by forcing them to be locked up at night in the area of the ward Sant'Angelo, where for a long time most of the Jewish community in Rome had gathered. Since then, the Jewish ghetto has undergone few architectural changes and has kept in his tight-knit streets and squares many buildings of historical and interesting archaeological finds from the Roman period as the theater of Marcellus and the fish market in Via del Portico d'Ottavia.
A visit to the ghetto of Rome projected tourist in size suspended in time between Roman and local restaurants where you can taste the delicious cuisine Kosher, (we recommend the restaurant Nonna Betta) between traditional Roman dishes and culinary influences in the Middle East as the famous artichokes giudia and pastries with almond paste and honey.
Just steps away from the calm waters of the Tiber and the beautiful Tiberina island the ghetto of Rome offers visitors the opportunity to touch a history that spans centuries and which has had its sad climax in adverse events of 16 October 1943, when it took place rounding up of Jews in the ghetto of Rome, 1022 people were captured and deported to German concentration camps.
Among the most interesting monuments to visit are definitely the Great Synagogue, the Portico di Ottavia, the church of Sant'Angelo in the fish market and the temple of Carmel, but a tip is to get lost in the labyrinthine alleys and peek every corner of the ghetto of Rome then stopping to enjoy in a typical tasty local cuisine observing from a table the slow flow of neighborhood life.