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Il Ghetto

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The Jewish community of Rome is one of the oldest in Europe. Specifically, the first Jews arrived as traders in the 2nd century BC, and they were immediately highly appreciated for their financial and medical skills.

This changed, however, when on the 12th of July 1555 Pope Paul IV decreed the Ghetto, a measure by which all the Jews from the city were forced to live within a small area outside the city walls. Moreover, they were prohibited from taking up certain professions, and were obliged to attend Christian mass on Sundays in the church of Sant’Angelo. 

In the first decade of the 1600s, some 6,000 lived crammed together in the area and, although during the day they were allowed to leave, at night the doors were closed of the walls that surrounded the district.

All this ended with Italian reunification in 1870, but today the majority of them still live in this labyrinth of twisting alleyways. Thus, today in the district there are still many kosher butchers, excellent Jewish restaurants and a synagogue, completed in 1904. Pope John Paul II made history when he made a surprise visit to the area. 

If you feel like trying the typical ricotta cheesecakes, go to the baker’s in the Via di Portico d’Ottavia, famous for being a specialist in this type of cake.

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