Act Jewish in Rome
Roma is very suitable destination for Jewish Orthodox tourist. The Italians started to enjoy the Jewish quarter; the Ghetto and everything that goes around it. In fact there are many resorts and restaurants around the Jewish area (but also outside of it)
Rome’s Jewish community is one of the oldest in the world. Their presence was first recorded 2,200 years ago when Judah the Maccabean sent representatives to Rome as ambassadors. In 1555 Pope Paulus the IV ordered the Jews to live in a closed area, creating the first ghetto. In 1938 with the legislation of racial laws, the situation of the Jewish community deteriorated. Some 2,000 Italian Jews were murdered in the Holocaust . In Rome today there are 10 synagogues and the Jewish community numbers 15,000 people. The greatest and most prestigious synagogue is Great Synagogue of Rome.
Rome is rich in archeological sites; the most Jewish related archeological site is probably the Arc of Titus, which shows the Jewish prisoners carrying the holy menorah in exile from the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The ancient city rich in sites, is also growing in terms of Orthodox that travel to it, in fact in Piazza Navona a new glatt kosher hotel has recently opened.
Your Kosher place in Rome…
Cesar Palace Kosher has recently opened around Porta Pia and it is in a unique structure that was built following roman style of architecture. The area in which the resort is located is very well connected to the heart of the city. There is a bus stop at 1 min by foot and a metro stop 3 minutes by foot. Cesar Palace is very well equipped for observant Jewish guests. Rooms include: air conditioners, satellite television, hair dryer, free internet wi-fi line, fridge (on request with extra charge). However the most important thing is that there is a kosher breakfast. In addition to the inns, the Jewish community will also supply the names and addresses of families who are willing to host travelers or even provide a Shabbat meal.
Non-Jews Italians love Kosher! In Rome there is the typical Judeo Roman cusine and Italians find it more hygienic, healthier and much tastier, it is because of this that there are many kosher places.
There are supermarkets in which it is possible to find products that are locally produced ,supervised by the Italian rabbinical authorities and there are also products imported from Israel. Some of the local products that can be for example found are typical Italian Kosher wines. Bread, pastries, dairy and non dairy products all of which can be mostly found in the Jewish Ghetto around the Great Synagogue of Lungotevere. Some good non-dairy places include: La Taverna del Ghetto, Ba Ghetto (restaurants), Chagat (Take away). Dairy include: Yotvata (restaurant) and Beteavon (take away).
Traditional Jewish fare is available. One can sample the cuisine in the Jewish quarter where cuts of beef are displayed in the windows of the kosher shops, sometimes drying in the sun and then prepared as Jewish delicacies. Jewish Romans are well known for their hospitality. In fact residents of the quarter (Ghetto) are often willing to invite Jewish tourists to dine with them, or host them for the Sabbath.
Cesar Palace Suites
Via Nomentana 55.
Tel: 06 44 02 003