Once we’re on the other side of the river, we’ll stroll through the area that comprised Rome’s Ghetto. Founded by Pope Paul IV in 1555, very little of it still exists. But we’ll root out traces of it. After that, we’ll loop through a larger neighborhood, known as il Ghetto in Italian today. We will focus on some ancient monuments, like the Portico of Octavia, which can be seen in the photo. Nearby is the Theater of Marcellus. On its remains an aristocratic Medieval family built their palazzo (or palace). And the palazzo with its inhabitants constitute an interesting piece of Roman/Jewish history!
Finally, we’ll discuss commemorative monuments, like the heart-rending art installation pietre di inciampo (metaphorically “stumbling blocks”) and the plaque labeled Piazza 16 Ottobre 1943— a reminded of the Nazi’s round-up of Jewish citizens that occurred toward the end of World War II. We’ll also see Rome’s largest and most famous Synagogue from the outside. If you are interested in visiting it, see Daniella’s advice (below).