Jewish Itineraries in Italy

Wondering about Jewish heritage in Italy? 

This tour will lead you through the Italian cities where the Jewish presence has been very important for cultural and economic development of Italy.

   In Rome, the eternal city, you will pass through the streets of the Jewish ghetto, the living place of the only Jewish community which has always been present in the same place before the Diaspora, and you will discover Jewish traces hidden in the historical monuments of the city.    

   Pitigliano, known as “Little Jerusalem”, is one of the rare cities in Italy where enclosure in the ghetto did not stop relations between Jews and the local population. You will be astonished by the beauty of its landscape and its medieval centre with narrow streets, and you will be inebriated by the famous wine“Bianco di Pitigliano”.  

    In Florence, the wonderful city of arts, you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Synagogue in Moorish style and the Jewish cemetery with monuments designed by artists, but you will also walk among the beautiful monuments and buildings that made the history of Florence, including of course a stroll on the famous Ponte Vecchio.    

   If you have never been to Bologna, you will be surprised by the cultural richness of this city. The guided tour will escort you along the streets of the Jewish quarter, discovering the many Jewish traces hidden behind a memorial plaque or an inscription, but also in the many documents preserved in specific museums and libraries. A traditional meal with the famous “tortellini bolognesi” will satisfy your appetite.    

   After Bologna you will visit dreamy Venice, the city were the word “ghetto” was used for the first time (it comes from the Venetian word “geto” indicating the foundry where the ghetto was situated). You will see the synagogues built into private houses as well as the artistic heritage that this city on the water has preserved for many centuries.    

   The tour will end in Trieste, where Italian, Austrian, Slovenian and Hungarian cultures have mixed for centuries. You can still feel its multicultural aspect in architecture, in the local traditions and of course in the variety of food that you will have an opportunity to taste. Trieste has been an important centre for the Jewish Community, as some of its members founded the first insurance companies (such as Generali) and were considered to be among the leading intellectuals.     

Come to discover all these Italian gems and you will pass through centuries of history to find the Jewish roots of this beautiful country.  

TOUR PROGRAM: 

DAY 1 – Arrival in Rome airport. Private transfer to the hotel and free time for a brief rest. Dinner. Overnight in Rome. 

DAY 2 – ROME: Breakfast. Guided tour to the Jewish quarter with the synagogue and museum. Lunch. In the afternoon it is possible to choose: guided tour of central Rome, Vatican tour with Jewish aspects, or free time. Dinner. Overnight in Rome. 

DAY 3 – ROME – PITIGLIANO – FLORENCE: Breakfast. Transfer to Pitigliano and stop for  a guided tour. Lunch. Transfer to Florence (it is also possible to stop at the Mall Outlet if desired). Dinner. Overnight in Florence. 

DAY 4 – FLORENCE – BOLOGNA: Breakfast. Guided tour of Florence, with a special interest on the Jewish aspects of the city. Lunch and tasting of the famous Chianti wine. After lunch transfer to Bologna, where you will enjoy a special dinner. Overnight in Bologna. 

DAY 5 – BOLOGNA – VENICE: Breakfast. Guided tour of the Jewish sites in Bologna, with a lunch stop. In the late afternoon transfer to the hotel in Venice. Dinner. Overnight in Venice. 

DAY 6 – VENICE: Breakfast. Half day guided tour of the “ghetto” area, with its hidden synagogues. Lunch. In the afternoon you can choose between a guided tour of the city centre, or some free time for shopping. Dinner. Overnight in Venice. 

DAY 7 – VENICE – TRIESTE: Breakfast. Transfer to Trieste. On the way visit to the beautiful Miramare (Seaview) Castle and wine tasting in a famous wine cellar of the Carso area. Lunch in a renowned restaurant in the Carso with traditional dishes. In the afternoon guided tour of the Jewish Trieste, and visit to its beautiful synagogue. Dinner.  Overnight in Trieste. 

DAY 8 – Breakfast. Visit to Risiera di San Sabba, the only Nazi extermination camp in Italy, and to the Jewish Cemetery. Quick lunch. 

Transfer to the airport. 

This is suggested itinerary  for individuals and groups, prices are on request, please email number of people, dates and we will provide you a quote.  These are very popular for synagogue groups and can be combined as a stopover on the way to/from Israel. We can also arrange a shabbat with Jewish community on request of the group.