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Walking at the Jewish Ghetto in RomeI only had a six-hour stopover in Rome on a flight from Seattle to Athens. As I haven't been to Rome since the early 90s, going back to the Eternal City was a pleasant surprise. This time I skipped the crowded attractions and the elegant shops for a nice walk in Rome's Jewish Ghetto. The area extends from the left side of Ponte Fabricio (with the river behind you) to Via del Portico d' Ottavia and to Synagogue and the Jewish Museum and is a good snapshot of Jewish life in the Capital of Catholicism. Except for the amazing old buildings and pro- and anti-Israel graffiti on the walls, I discovered a gallery that presents modern Israeli artists, a rather vivid Jewish school and numerous restaurants featuring Jewish cuisine as the carciofi Judaica (Jewish artichokes). Unfortunately both traditional bakeries were closed due to the summer vacation. I have another excuse to return to this unique neighborhood for some challah bread and "Jewish Pizzas". For the culinary writer's sake!
PS: the black and white picture reflects the general "feeling" of the area....