Our stroll through Rome’s Ghetto or Jewish Quarter actually starts in Trastevere. Here we’ll lay the groundwork for the sights and ideas to come. First, we’ll discuss how Jewish ambassadors traveled to Rome to petition the Roman Senate for an allegiance in 161 B.C. After their arrival, members of the Jewish State traveled to Rome and, as non-Roman citizens, they settled in immigrants’ quarter, Transtiberim (now Trastevere). Then we’ll discuss how their rights and status changed, as Rome underwent transitions of its own. Finally, we head to Tiber Island to cross the Pons Fabricius (Fabricius’s Bridge), built in 62 B.C. It was later dubbed the Pons Judaeorum (the Jewish bridge) when the Jewish community that had settled in Trastevere slowly moved to the other side of the river, which could only be accessed by ferry or that particular bridge. It is seen here in the photo.