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Tourist Information


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Chabad Piazza Bologna operates an information hotline, email and website www.JewishRome.com with the full listing of Shuls, Kosher places, and hotels in the proximity of shuls.

Covid19 Information

In order to enter any synagogue, you will need to email the Rabbinical Office indicating which synagogue you want to attend attaching your documents and proof of vaccination or negative covid test before 2 pm on Friday. ffp2 masks are required to enter all synagogues.

All Kosher restaurants in Rome are open.

PCR and Rapid Covid Tests
Chabad has a special discount for Covid tests at:
Vivanalisi by Laboratorio Barbato
Via Clisio 9, 00199 Roma
Contact 3470182354 and mention the CHABAD discount to get the special price.
PCR test 45€ (results within 24 hours)
Urgent PCR test 70€ (if done by midday,results in the evening)
Rapid COI test: 18€
Rapid test: 12€
Extra fee: 20€ a test for home service, over 4 tests 10€ a testa test.

In the following locations the PCR test costs 60 euro:
LUISA without appointment test in the morning, results in the evening, hours
ARTEMISIA regular and express results in 4 hours – 140 euro, Sunday afternoon open book online
SYNLAB locations in all Italy book online
ALTAMEDICA, Viale Liegi 45, from 6 pm till 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm, result till midnight of same day – book online
BIOS, Via Magnagrecia, 117 – book by phone +39067092043.
Fiumicino airport, Arrival terminal 3 – PCR at 70 euro – 36 hours, if you have a flight results also in 1 hour – info.

Chabad is located in the area of Piazza Bologna, with synagogues with daily services, a beautiful Mikva for women and one for men, a Kosher bakery, restaurants and kosher stores.

In the area of Piazza Bologna there are various attractions like the Museum of Villa Torlonia, Bunkers of Mussolini, the Jewish catacombs, Villa Massimo, Villa Albani Torlonia, Villa Mirafiori, Villino Crespi, etc…

There are various parks: Villa Torlonia, Villa Paganini, Villa Blanc, etc… For children, there is TechTown, Il Villaggio dei Galli, etc…

There are two other areas in the center of Rome:

The Jewish quarter where the Ghetto was located with many Kosher restaurants and daily services including the Great Synagogue of Rome.

Shopping area close to the Termini train station and Piazza Repubblica where there is a Ashkenazi shul with daily minyan for Shacharit.

Shabbat in Rome

For options of Shabbat meals at Chabad, a restaurant, ordering meals or being hosted by a family please visit ShabbatRome.com.

There is no Eruv yet in Rome.

Pesach Seder in Rome

On Pesach Chabad organizes the Pesach Seders and meals during Yom Tov, during the week there are Kosher for Passover restaurants open, the restaurants are Kitniyot and Shruia.

Shuls (Synagogues)

Weekday Shacharit is at 7:30 am in almost all Synagogues besides the Spanish Synagogue that starts at 7:00 am.
Weekday Mincha-Arvit is available at the Great Synagogue, Beth Shmuel, Beth El and Beth Shalom at candle lighting time.
Shabbat Shacharit in almost all synagogues is at 9:30 am, Great Synagogue 8:30 am, and Spanish Synagogue at 8:00 am.

Rabbi Lazar prays at Beth Shmuel in Via Garfagnana 4a besides Shabbos Shacharis at Agudat Ashkenazim in Via Balbo 33.

Accommodations

Free hospitality is not available, there are Kosher hotels in Rome besides the traditional hotels, these Kosher Bed and Breakfast are usually located in one or more apartments within a building, these hotels usually have a private bathroom, provide a Kosher breakfast (either packaged or from a bakery under the Beit Din of Rome) and provide amenities for Shabbat.

In the area of Piazza Bologna, where Chabad is located, there are various Kosher B&B, there are also traditional hotels that don’t have issues for Shabbat, and you could see here all the hotels that are in the area.

Kosher Food in Rome

The Chabad House could host and prepare to take away for groups Kosher Mehadrin under the supervision of Rabbi Menachem Lazar.

All the restaurants are under the supervision of the Beth Din (Rabbinical Court) of the Jewish Community of Rome led by Rabbi Riccardo Shmuel Disegni.

Little Tripoli is the only restaurant that is certified and uses exclusively Glatt Kosher meat.

For Kashrut we recommend in Piazza Bologna:

Jewish Quarter (Ghetto):

Also recommended:

  • Dolce Kosher (Cholov Isroel restaurant, besides the milk that is added to the coffee)
  • Kasher Roma 5778 (All Chalav Israel bakery with a Cholov Isroel coffee machine).

The vegetables are not checked by the mashgichim but they are either frozen with a hashgacha or are checked by the restaurant workers, we don’t recommend to eat any vegetable that is complicated to check like artichokes, broccoli, courgette flowers, etc…

The Shabbat meal caterings who could also cater during the week with advanced notice, all are under the Hashgacha of Rabbi Hazan (Chabad).

Kosher gelato Cholov Isroel could be purchased at the Kosher Gelato shop. Ice cream without supervision may contain animal fat.

The bread sold in noncertified stores is usually not Kosher being that most bakeries use lard.

There is no supervision on the milk sold in regular supermarkets, the production of the brand Latte Sano was once checked and approved by the Beis Din of Rome as Kosher Chalav Akum.

Here are two lists of Kosher products that could be found in the regular supermarkets (we take no responsibility for the update of the list):

Mikvah in Rome

There are four women’s mikvahs, an appointment is required.

The Mikva Eliahu Fadlun in Piazza Bologna is the only one Bor al Gabei Bor, it has a section for women, men and utensils, to book an appointment for women please contact us, the mens mikvah is open every morning and every eve of Shabbat and Holiday.

Jewish Tours in Rome

Depending on your budget, we advise that you take a tour guide to learn about the history of Jewish Rome, there are various companies that provide group tours of different areas.

We recommend Roman Jews, a licensed tour guide.

If you don’t want to enter a church, please be advised that the Sistine Chapel that is in the Vatican Museums and the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda, host religious services occasionally. Otherwise, the Vatican Museums could be visited.

Dress Code

To attend services and Shabbat meals the dress code should be smart casual or informal, no need of tie.

Directions from the airports

Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO)

  • Taxis will charge about 48 euro within the city walls. For jewish drivers click here or contact us.
  • The shuttle is 15 euro per person.
  • The train to Termini is 14 euro and to Tiburtina is 8 euro.
  • The bus goes to Piazza Cavour or Termini and is 4 euro.

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