Jewish Treasures of Tuscany from Florence

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This look into Tuscany’s fascinating Jewish history includes both Florence, with The Great Synagogue, and the port town of Livorno, with its important Jewish history.

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Florence-Livorno, 75 minutes.
 


DETAILS: JEWISH TREASURES OF TUSCANY from Florence

Livorno

In all of Tuscany few places can boast such an important Jewish story as Livorno. The early development of the city was intricately tied to the Jewish population, making it an important part of the city’s past and present.

The Jewish population in Livorno dates back to about 1600, when the Medici family was promoting the city’s growth by offering progressive religious freedoms and social rights to settlers. You’ll learn all about Livorno’s Jewish history at the Yeshivà Marini museum, where we will spend about an hour on a private, guided tour. The morning concludes with a guided visit of the synagogue, an interesting modern structure which incorporates some of the furnishings and elements of the original synagogue destroyed during WWII.

Florence

In Florence very little remains of the Jewish story from past centuries. The draw for visitors today is The Great Synagogue, integrating both Italian and Moorish architectural styles. The interior, completely adorned with mosaics and frescoes, is sure to impress, especially when juxtaposed against stories of how the structure was used by German troops during the war.

We’ll stop briefly at the Franciscan church of Santa Croce, which has a huge star of David in its 19th century facade.  Jewish architect Nicolò Matas was commissioned by the Franciscans to design the facade and is buried under the landing at the top of the exterior stairs.

In Piazzale Michelangelo you’ll get a stunning panoramic view of Florence from up high. A visit to the Accademia gallery is optional, where you can get up close to Michelangelo’s stupendous marble sculpture of David to view the stones he is holding in his hand as he contemplates his legendary meeting with Goliath.

As time permits we’ll fill out the day as you like.  Choose from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria or other highlights of your choosing.

 
JEWISH TREASURES OF TUSCANY from Florence
DURATION: 9 hrs



1-2 persons € 480

3-4 persons € 540

5-6 persons € 600

7-8 persons € 640

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    JEWISH TREASURES OF TUSCANY OTHER COSTS
  • Jewish museum & synagogue, Livorno
  • 15 Euro pp
  • Authorized guide at the Synagogue and Jewish museum in Livorno (required)
  • 1-6 pax, 120 Euro
    7-8 pax, 150 Euro
    9-10 pax, 190 Euro
    11-12 pax, 230 Euro
    13-14 pax, 270 Euro
    15-16 pax, 310 Euro
  • Synagogue, Florence
  • 6.50 Euro per person
  • Accademia gallery (optional; closed MONDAYS)
  • 20 Euro per adult, 4 Euro for youths age 6-17, children under 6 free


 
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