Rome – Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

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Rome – Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto

I slept through the entire night without getting up – quite a feat anymore.

We grabbed breakfast and a shower and headed out – this is our last day in Roma and we’re heading to Trastevere and the old Jewish Ghetto.

We took a cab over to Villa Farnesina. The frescoes are amazing.

We stopped at Santa Maria della Scala. We talked with a couple from Melbourne, Australia – their son lives in Italy and so they come here every couple of years.

As we walked to our next church, we saw a woman with a pretty black pomeranian – the dog loved me but growled at Aviva!

What a cute dog!

What a cute dog!

We walked down to Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Trastevere is an interesting area – lots of small streets, still quite a feeling of the old Rome (it reminded Aviva of Naples).

This is what the streets look like in Trastevere

This is what the streets look like in Trastevere

We started walking towards the ghetto. We stopped along the way at Gino in Trastevere at Via della Lungaretta 85 and had lunch. It was very good – I had homemade fettucini with porcini mushrooms and parmigiano, followed by veal saltumbocca.

The Tiber at Tiber Island

The Tiber at Tiber Island

We crossed the Tiber at Tiber Island, and then went to the Spanish Synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1901 – 1904; during the ghetto years, there was one building housing 5 separate temples, one for each of the practicing groups. We went on the guided tour (its the only way to see the inside – security is very tight because a Palestinian set off a bomb inside a few years ago), which was fun – a young Jewish woman was our guide, and she was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I bought another yud (pointer to use when reading Torah) – I love the way yud’s look and I just love having a few small ones around.

We walked on to the Teatro di Marcello, and then saw the famous fountain at Palazzo Mattei.

We stopped at a nice cafe along Argentina and had gelato, some pastry and Coke Light (and rested). Then we strolled back to the hotel, by way of the Pantheon, to pack.

Aviva found this post card - I guess Axe really does drive girls wild!

Aviva found this post card - I guess Axe really does drive girls wild!

We finally got around to dinner – we went to Ristorante Mario at Via della Vite 55; the food was Tuscan and good. We walked back and hit the rack.

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