Our Jewish Florence tour gives you a first-hand experience of the Jewish heritage of Florence, without neglecting the many other inspiring things to see in Florence. Witness the majesty of the most famous synagogue of Florence, and learn more about one of the most famous pieces of Jewish-themed art, Michelangelo’s David.
Florence is known as “The Athens of the Middle Ages,” and the story of Florence is intimately connected with the story of the Medicis. Jewish history of Florence is also intertwined with this powerful and famous Italian family. A Jewish community has existed in Florence since as early as the 13th century, and today the congregation is 1,000 strong. The community is the third largest in Italy after those of Rome and Milan.
During the Florence Jewish tour, we explore the preserved Renaissance palaces, visit a museum housed in a former convent, meander through the small lanes, walk along the River Arno and marvel at its beauty, while exploring the Jewish presence in the city. The core of Jewish life in Florence was established in 1437 on the south bank of the river in the area called via dei Giudei (Street of the Jews). There were no social or economic restrictions on Jewish life, and business flourished in the city. Although the Jews of Florence lived relatively well compared to other places in Italy and Europe at large, they were still separated in a ghetto. We visit the former Jewish ghetto of Florence, established in the 16th century.
The spectacular turquoise copper dome of the Temple of Florence shines over the bright clear sky of this city. This beautiful 19th century synagogue built in the then most fashionable Moorish style, hosts Florence’s Jewish Museum and is the current seat of the Florence Jewish Community. A Jewish-themed masterpiece can be found on the gilded doors of the Baptistery, where ten panels tell the stories of the Tanakh -- the Hebrew Bible.
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