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Via Portico d'Ottavia, Rome

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  • In this old corner of Rome disappeared, for anyone who is a fine observer of his surroundings, you can sense the ancient history and that of the recent past. At the bottom of the Portico d'ottavia, close to the synagogue, there is a plaque in perennial and proper memory, commemorating one of the most tragic pages of our history: the Roundup, at the hands of the Gestapo, some thousand Jews, the vast majority women and children. Were deported to extermination camps and did not return to their homes and their surviving family members. In the Rione Sant'Angelo, near the "blond" Tiber, the inner perimeter between piazza Mattei (where there is the wonderful fountain of the turtles, which always captures the attention of the Romans and tourists) and the Portico d'ottavia (piazza led by Emperor Augustus who dedicated it to his beloved sister), is known to all as the Jewish Ghetto. The old "menagerie" was ordered by Pope Paul IV in 1555, a circumscribed place where the Jews of Rome were forced to spend their lives between hardship and untold hardships, relegated in a confined space, whose poor hygienic conditions were aggravated by the constant flooding of the river. Now that the infamous and inhuman "menagerie" is no longer there, remains via del Portico d'ottavia, the main street of the ghetto has become, in respect of the past and of those who lived, a corner of Rome, with its many lively and crowded with local tourists, where you can enjoy inside or even outside of their own, the Jewish and kosher dishes as the Roman tradition.
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  • I visited this place it's always interesting to see lots of pretty things. Enjoy the quiet.
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  • The portico d'Ottavia was built in 146 BC; Augustus rebuilt the porticus in 33-23 BC and dedicated it to his sister. An entrance gate and 5 columns are all that remain of the 300 columns that once sto...  more »
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  • Lots of rubble, but the theatre and remains of the temples next to the portico make it a great place to pass trough.
  • beautiful ruins in the ghetto area-- sort of look like they are "melting"
  • In the middle of the Jewish Ghetto (next to the moving plaque commemorating the deportation of the Jewish population during WWII) this beautiful, ancient structure dominates the end of the street and acts as a doorway to the Theatre of Marcellus.
  • you cannot miss it this area if you go in Rome
  • A jumble of ruins and relics surrounded by modern life, its a pleasantly jarring mix of past and present. Remarkable to see and stand amid what in its day was apparently something of an upscale lifestyle shopping mall. Certainly worth a stroll past, at a minimum.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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