Jewish Heritage

Jewish Heritage in Florence Tour

 

Tour overview

We’ll begin our journey at the site of the city’s first synagogue, then wend our way to the area that, initially occupied by the Roman Forum of Florentia, eventually became Florence’s Jewish Ghetto: the Piazza della Repubblica.

You’ll learn about the political motivations that, in 1571, led Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to commission one of the most brilliant architects of his day to transform this once marshy site into a walled city-within-a-city where the Hebrew community was forced to live and operate their businesses by day and imprisoned by night.

We’ll  proceed spending some time with what could be called the most exquisite artistic evidence of the complex relationship that’s existed between the Jewish and Christian cultures from time immemorial: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s “Porta del Paradiso.” These gilded bronze doors illustrate the most famous chapters of the Tanach in ten panels whose incredible beauty so astounded Renaissance Florence–including no less than Michelangelo himself–that Ghiberti’s magnum opus instantly became an icon of Christian life in Florence.

And last, but certainly not least, we’ll visit the Great Synagogue of Florence, hailed as the most beautiful in all Europe, as well as its splendid Museum of Hebraic Art and Culture. Inaugurated in 1882, during the new “Golden Age” for Italian Jews, the Synagogue’s history may at first seem comparatively short, but it’s unquestionably rich, fascinating and replete with harrowing episodes that threatened its very existence.

Finally you’ll enjoy a delicious kosher food testing

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Duration

3 hours and 30 minutes  

Meeting point

Pick up at your hotel if it’s within Florence’s historical Center or other meeting point that suits you  

Itinerary

Baptistery
Piazza della Repubblica
Great Synagogue*
Museum of Hebraic Art and Culture
Ruth’s Kosher Restaurant
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What’s included

Guided Walking tour of the main Jewish landmarks

Guided tour of Synagogue and Jewish Museum (*)

Entrance tickets

Light kosher lunch (fish or vegetarian), 1/2 liter of mineral water and 1 glass of wine

 

Details

Friendly: Yes

 

Kid Friendly: Yes. 
Language(s): English , French , Italian

(*) Please note, we will be entering the Synagogue and appropriate attire is necessary, thanks (covered shoulders for women, knees covered for both sexes, yarmulkas for men. Yarmulkas are available on site free)