Mantua might not be a household name, but it is bursting at the seams with Jewish history, Medieval and Renaissance architecture, and is home to one of the most serene and beautiful landscapes in Italy.
See why many Jews have referred to Mantua as ‘Kiriah ha Alizah,’ or ‘The Happy City.’ Throughout the centuries, Jews enjoyed a freedom here that was hard to find elsewhere, and as a result became prominent members of the community and gained international acclaim during the Renaissance.
Jews began moving to Mantua in 1145, and by 1610 would constitute roughly 7.5% of the total population. One Synagogue from the 16th century still stands and can be toured today.
During the Renaissance, the Jewish community of Mantua produced world-renown artists and musicians, despite living in Ghettos the Jewish culture thrived in this especially tolerant city.
Today, tour the surviving Jewish structures and learn about the intertwining of the great families of Mantua with the Jewish people. Stroll the cobblestone streets and bask in the beauty of the surrounding lakes. See the surviving Medieval and Renaissance buildings, and let our Milk & Honey guides lead you through the fascinating history of Jewish Mantua!