Tempio Maggiore di Roma
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Charlie-Babka
Pennsylvania73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I am so glad we had the time to visit The Great Synagogue of Rome. Entering might feel a bit intimidating to some, you have to pass through a metal detector (like at the airport) just to enter the grounds. In order to see the Sanctuary you must go to the Gift Shop downstairs and purchase tickets. There is a museum there as well, and it has some beautiful Judaica to view along with the history of Jews in Rome, very informative and interesting. The shop also carries some beautiful Judaica to purchase (I got a glass mezuzah and a hamsa necklace). The tours into the sanctuary are great. A very knowledgeable guide gives you a quick historical overview as well as information about the sanctuary and the building, that was about 10 minutes, then we were able to ask questions and look around on our own. Our guide spoke several languages as well. Overall we were there less than an hour. Because we were off season, there were no lines and we did not need to buy tickets ahead of time. However, this synagogue is in use daily and there are time that tours (and entry in general) are not available.
Written 22 January 2024
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Joseph
New York City, NY46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The Synagogue is something you cant skip if you truly want to have a rounded experience of the history of Rome. its located in the heart of the "Jewish Ghetto" and its a true work of art. The Gabba of the synagogue is not overly fond of Ashkenazim but the actual building is truly beautiful i never saw such a synagogue even in Israel.
Written 17 February 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is the largest synagogue in Rome and is one of the main sights in the historic Jewish Ghetto area.
The synagogue stands alongside the Tiber River. Built in 1904, it’s an imposing and easily spotted building with a distinctive and unusual square dome.
For over 300 years, the Jewish community was segregated behind walls in the Ghetto area, subjected to discriminatory laws and curfews. They had access to several small synagogues but nothing like this grand building.
It was only after the unification of Italy that the walls were physically torn down and a synagogue on this scale was able to be built.
It's hard to imagine the symbolic significance of the synagogue when it was first built.
In 1986 Pope John Paul II visited the synagogue, to build relationships with the Jewish community. There is only just over 3km between the Synagogue and the Vatican but it was the first time a Pope had entered. In fact it was the first time a Pope had entered any synagogue, anywhere. Apparently when the Pope and the Chief Rabbi embraced, a thousand onlookers wept.
We didn’t have time to go inside but the basement also houses the Jewish Museum and a small synagogue known as the Spanish Temple.
NOTE: Several other interesting and free sights are within very close walking distance. These include the ancient Roman ruins (the Portico D’Ottavia and Teatro Marcello), the charming Turtle Fountain and Rome’s oldest bridge which leads across to the small, boat-shaped, Tiber Island.
Written 11 February 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
The Great Synagogue and Museo Ebraico (ticket is 11€) is located near Teatro Marcello. It was my second time touring it and I was even more impressed than before. The ticket includes a short guided tour in English and Italian.

The synagogue is huge and absolutely magnificent. It is not too old though; it was built in 1904… a “baby” by the standards of Roma Vecchia. The museum has beautiful ritual objects on display, Torah scrolls, gorgeous silver candlesticks, menorahs, textiles, etc.

I was very happy to see more and more people interested in the Jewish history and tragic fate of the Roman Jews perished in the Holocaust. There were many non-Jewish families with kids and even a group of nuns.
Written 31 January 2023
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Kerry C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We recently brought a group of university faculty and administrators to the Museum and Synagogue and it was a highlight of our time in Rome! The tour guide was so knowledgeable and very friendly. Most of our group is not Jewish and the guide explained things clearly and pivoted well for a wide range of knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history. We learned a lot. I highly recommend touring the museum and the synagogue...this is a very inspiring place!
Written 13 June 2022
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Talia
Los Angeles, CA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful synagogues in the world. It is a landmark in Rome, it’s unique square dome can be seen from everywhere and it is an active synagogue which is open for services.
Written 22 May 2022
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Marc_and_Kim_Z
National Harbor, MD3,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Not expensive and a good little museum explaining the history of Jews in Rome. The tickets include a tour of the synagogue. Three Popes have visited.
Written 30 March 2022
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Whether or not you are a member of the Jewish faith, a visit to the Museum and Synagogue provide a valuable history of the ghetto and the role that the Jews played in the history of the city of Rome. The entrance fee includes an unguided visit to the museum and then a short guided tour of the synagogue. The museum portion contains some very interesting exhibits which are described in detail by signage. The guided tour of the synagogue was a little underwhelming. The building itself is wonderful to view; but, I thought that the guide could have spent a little more time providing some background information.
Written 1 January 2022
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Jonas T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The synagogue was quite beautiful but unfortunately I have never felt this unwelcome by a tour guide. Unenthusiastic, rude and barely gave us five minutes to walk around and see the place. Terrible use of 11€.
Written 29 October 2021
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dapper777
Monaco63,391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Imposing and majestic, it is worth a visit.
To enter, you have to pay a fee, which includes the guided tour, museum and synagogue.
The guides are very prepared, they tell you very interesting things worth listening to.
It is possible that sometimes you have to wait a little because of a queue for security checks.
Built between 1901 and 1904, the synagogue, the Tempio Maggiore in Rome bears Jewish symbols on the façade such as the seven-branched candelabrum, the tables of the law, the star of David and the palm branch.
In the building there is a permanent exhibition, of the Jewish community in Rome with archaeological finds, engravings, objects of worship, and sacred clothing.
Worth a visit if you are around and have some free time.
Written 23 February 2021
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