Slow traveling for us means taking the time to find the hidden gems a city has to offer. We found Rome to be a busy place, with lots of hustle and bustle. But if you look, you can find plenty of neighborhoods where you can relax and enjoy the culture around you.
The Jewish Ghetto, or Jewish Quarter in Rome is one of those treasures. The history of the Jewish Ghetto, one of the oldest surviving Jewish communities outside the Holy Land, is one of persecution, segregation and terror. Those days are long gone and today it’s a vibrant neighborhood that’s full of life.
It only occupies 4 blocks between the Tiber, Turtle Fountain, the Theater of Marcellus and the Palazzo Cenzi, so it’s a small neighborhood. But it’s filled to the brim with things to see and do.
First thing you need to to do is enjoy a Kosher meal or maybe a kosher cake outdoors, so you can people watch. I don’t know about you but Mike and I could watch people for hours. It’s one of our favorite past times.
Maybe that’s why we slow travel, so we can fit our viewing times into our itinerary. Oh who are we fooling, we all know it’s all for #slowtraveloclock (ha, ha–that’s a post for another day).
And when in Rome, do as the Romans–try the Cariciofo alla giddily. The crispy artichokes are a speciality of Roman Jewish cuisine. It was originally prepared to celebrate the end of the Yom Kippur fast. Regrettably, and I mean regrettably we did not try any. That’s one of those ‘head slap’ moments because who doesn’t like anything that is FRIED!
There are lots of restaurants, so they will be no shortage of food. When you’re ready to explore and in true slow travel style just start wandering up and down the streets. There’s the Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Turtle Fountain, The Portico d’ottavio…and so much more.
In fact, the best way to get a full walk and history of the area is the Rick Steves App . His app has some great off the beaten path type walking tours you can download right to your phone. Just plug in your head phones and you are good to go!
Until next time….Happy Trails Everyone !