TOUR Rome - Jewish Ghetto Tiber Island, and the Heretics (aired on March 20th@10am)
The tour highlights the Jewish influence on Roman history, culture and food. The Jewish Quarter is rich with Ancient and Medieval history. We view the river Tiber and reach the Tiber Island, once home to an important temple of the God of Medicine Aesculapius. We admire one of the oldest bridges of Rome and reach the Campo dei Fiori. Now also a flower market, this piazza was the seat of the burning of a “heretic”.
FUN FACT#1: The Jewish community is one of the oldest in Rome. Jews started to live in Rome more than 2000 years ago and their influence on the culture and food of Rome cannot be underestimated.
FUN FACT#2: A significant contribution of Jewish gastronomy to Roman cuisine is the recipe for deep fried artichoke, a must when you visit the Jewish Quarter.