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it – Italian Overview
The Mediterranean civilisations and Rome The Hebrews

From migration to integration. With your camera discover the remains of ancient and present World.

A  three-­‐day  photographic   experience  in  Rome   (Italy)  

The term "Ghetto" has long lost its original meaning that was tied to an area of ​Venice where there was a foundry (Gheto in Venetian) and where Jews were restricted for the first time (about 1510). The word has now taken the meaning of an area of social or economic restrictions. The ghettos were abolished following the unification of Italy and the urban conditions and way of life changed considerably. A careful and prepared visitor can discover a unique atmosphere and vestiges of ancient Rome. The atmosphere of the period and the mood of the people: this seems to acquaint us today with one of the most beautiful sights of Rome.

2013, April 24th – 26th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)  

2013, May 8th – 10th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

2013, May 17th – 19th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


The workshop will take place if at least five photographers register. Maximum 10 photographers.  


The attendance fee is intended as a contribution to the goals listed in our statute: 300 euros each person for course attendance. Accompanying person / companion non photographer is 90 euros per day (180 euros for the three days). Public transport fares, museums and archeological site admission included in the attendance fee both for photographers and accompanying persons.

Day 1 (18.30 – 20.00)
At sunset, at the bottom of the Capitol, one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded, the archaeologist Isabella Ruggero will give a talk on the sites that we will visit. The Theatre of Marcellus, the Temple of Apollo Sosiano, the Portico of Octavia with in the background the Synagogue of Rome, which will be the backdrop of our first meeting.

Taking pictures when travelling is the most satisfactory benefit of a trip. Therefore getting the right gear is wise. Equipment should include at least:   a digital camera (reflex advisable);   an accessory flash;   a polarising filter ;   tripod supplied if needed;   comfortable clothing ;   light trekking shoes.

Day 2

(08.00 to 12.00)

Our first challenge will be opposite the Capitoline hill. Not all the monuments have the same exposure: some are brushed in the golden reflection of the morning light, others in the shade while others seem broken by the chiaroscuro. We will then enter the archaeological area which can be found next to the Teatro Marcello and the Ghetto. The Jewish, Christian and pagan testimonies are mixed and inseparable. The exterior of the Synagogue, the Church of Sant'Angelo in Peschiera, the square of Monte Savello, the fountain of the turtles and the testimonies of ancient monumental buildings are revealed. In all of this there is the awareness to look for a meaning that goes beyond the appearance, that transforms the tourist into a traveller thanks to photography. We cross the Tiber Island and reach the old district of Trastevere to take shots of what are supposed to be the remains of a medieval synagogue of the city of Rome.

Day 2

(12.00 to sunset)

(Lunch break) The Jewish-Roman cuisine awaits you and you will not be disappointed. From fast food to the elegant restaurants is always a surprise. Those that take a short snack will have the time for a quick visit to the Jewish Museum and the interior of the Synagogue (here you cannot take pictures unless special permission is granted by the Jewish Community). (14.00- until sunset) We reach the Roman Forum walking up the Capitol, the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius awaits us. From here we reach the Forum with a breathtaking view of the Via Sacra. We follow the path to the Arch of Titus where the Roman bas-reliefs provide evidence of the arrival of Jewish prisoners captured during the war in the Jewish year 70 CE.

Day 3

(08.00 to 18.00) Ancient Ostia
By train we reach Ostia Antica that had a prominent role as seaport in the military and commercial history of Rome. It was a cosmopolitan city where different races and cultures lived together. The inhabitants were grouped into associations according to the professions, languages ​and religions. This is testified by the temples dedicated to local and foreigner divinities. The city grew in wealth and prestige reaching more than 100,000 inhabitants. Ostia began its decline, parallel to the ruin of Rome, suffered the incursions of the Visigoths under Alaric and after a brief revival during the reign of Theodoric, the negative fate of Rome and the barbarian invasions led to its abandonment. Here, too, the Jewish presence is marked by the ruins of the synagogue, illuminated and unobstructed at sunset. We will cover the area along the Decumano, the gym with its baths, the Theatre, the Round Temple and that of Augustus, the mosaics, the forum of the guilds, the temples, the police barracks, the squares. Return by train and free evening to taste the typical Roman dishes.

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