Bed Breakfast La Fornace di Racciano  San Gimignano - Siena Le Caggiole farmhouse in San Gimignano Agriturismo Cesani San Gimignano - Siena La Lastra Siena Visit of vineyards
and cellar with wine tasting and light-lunch Relais della Rovere hotel relais colle val d'elsa Siena

Jewish itineraries in Tuscany

The Jewish presence in Tuscany dates back, with certainty, to the XII century.

Jewish itineraries in TuscanyThe Jewish presence in Tuscany dates back, with certainty, to the XII century. Artistic and historical testimonies of the Jewish culture and civilization stretch throughout the Tuscan territory in the form of synagogues, ritual places of life and religious and every day life objects, as well as music, dance and culinary traditions. It is possible to witness their presence in the cities of Florence, Livorno, Pisa, Siena—all of which have conserved traces of the historic ‘Jewish ghettos’ that still thrive today as important community places of worship. Also, the Jewish communities living in the towns of Sovrana, Sorano, Pitigliano and others, from the past and the present, have left important memorials of their presence. In Pitigliano, which remains the centre of a flourishing community, visitors can visit the Jewish Ghetto, bakeries, the recently renovated Synagogue and the old cemetery.

Don’t Miss:
In Pisa, the synagogue on Via Palestro, has been the focal point of the Jewish community since the late XVI century. The modern day cemetery, near the republican walls close to the Piazza del Duomo, is the fourth Jewish cemetery in the surrounding area. Look out for the interesting gravestones with inscriptions located on the walls and several noteworthy tombs. The Jewish presence in Viareggio dates back to the early XX century and an oratory on Via degli Oleandri serves the resident Jewish community and the many tourists sojourning in the area. There is still a synagogue in Monte San Savino. Traces of the Jewish presence in the area include the ‘Throne of Rabbi’ near the Cristian cemetery. Here you will see numerous tombs and gravestones.

Information and Helpful Hints:
The latest tour guide inaugurated by the Tuscan Region and the Italian Touring Club is called ‘Luoghi ebraici di Toscana - Jewish Tours in Tuscany’. The guidebook, written in both Italian and English, is not for sale but can be found at the Apt Toscana and at the Culture Superintendent Office of the Tuscan Region. Not many people know that Livorno is the home of one of the most important Jewish communities in Tuscany and the only one to have been confined to a ‘ghetto’. In the 1800s, the majority of books printed in the Mediterranean basin were printed in Livorno, and the typesetters, among which are those of Sadun and Belforte, were owned by Jewish families.

The synagogue of Pisa
Free guided tours on occasion of the first Sunday in September, European Day of Jewish Culture. For information, contact the Jewish Community of Pisa. The synagogue is near the Verdi Theatre.
The synagogue of via Palestro, used non stop for 400 years, is an important monument for its original 17th century layout, for the restoration work carried out in the nineteenth century by the architect Marco Treves, one of the most important synagogue architects, as well as for its internal furnishing. It can be considered one of the most interesting examples of Italian Jewish religious architecture, a testimony of the history and culture of an important Community, that of Pisa, whose first archive-documentary evidence dates back to the 15th century.

Accommodations in the area

  • Il Convento di Monte Pozzali Farmhouse Massa Marittima Grosseto Il Convento di Monte Pozzali
    The convent of Monte Pozzali is an ancient monastery dating from the 12th century which has been completely renovated into a welcoming country residence.
  • B&B Giardino dei Sugheri Bed Breakfast Scarlino Grosseto B&B Giardino dei Sugheri
    Bed Breakfast Giardino dei Sugheri is located in Maremma Tuscany and is the result of a careful restructuring which gave new life to an old farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany.
  • La Pieve Farmhouse Colle Val D'Elsa Siena La Pieve
    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
  • Podere Vignanova Relais Castagneto Carducci Livorno Podere Vignanova
    Podere Vignanova, little charming resort in Tuscany, in one of the more enchanting corners of the Etruscan coast, where vineyards with wines which are conquering the world.
  • Relais della Rovere Relais Colle Val D'Elsa Siena Relais della Rovere
    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
  • Agriturismo Marciano Farmhouse Siena Siena Agriturismo Marciano
    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
  • B&B la Fornace di Racciano Bed Breakfast San Gimignano Siena B&B la Fornace di Racciano
    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
  • Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto
    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
  • Agriturismo la Lucciolaia Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo la Lucciolaia
    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
  • Agriturismo Cesani Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Cesani
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
  • Agriturismo Catabbiaccio Farmhouse Semproniano Grosseto Agriturismo Catabbiaccio
    The farmhouse Castello di Catabbiaccio is located just 12 Km from Saturnia hot weather spa and 20 Km from important centres of etruscan civilisation like Sovana, Pitigliano and Sorano.

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