JEWISH FLORENCE TOUR
Visit of the Synagogue and Jewish Museum
Meet local members of the Jewish community
5 hour guided walking tour of Florence
PRIVATE GUIDE – 5 HOUR TOUR
/ VISIT OF SYNAGOGUE AND JEWISH MUSEUM INCLUDED /
In the heart of Florence, halfway between the lively popular district of Sant’Ambrogio and the bourgeois secrecy of Piazza D’Azeglio, lies the marvelous Synagogue, undoubtedly one of the unmissable sights of Florence.
The Florentine temple is still today a place of prayer but also of meeting and memory. The Synagogue houses the Jewish Museum of the Community of Florence, where it is possible to retrace the local history of this community, from its origins to the present day.
This Jewish Florence tour allows you to visit the most important sites in Florence that reconnect with the Jewish history and the Jewish community of Florence. We will visit the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum, and speak to a member of the Jewish community. We will also visit some typical shops, like the Kosher butchery and the delicious Jewish restaurant with Kosher food, Ruth’s. These are the sites that compose the itinerary of this tour:
– The first synagogue in Via de’ Ramaglianti
– Piazza della Repubblica, to see the area where the Ghetto once stood
– Ghiberti’s Paradise Gate, with its 10 panels with Tanach stories, dedicated to the Old Testament
– The prophets of Giotto’s bell tower
– The two oratories of via delle Oche
– Today’s Jewish quarter and the synagogue
– Coffee, lunch or brunch at Ruth’s
At the end of the tour, at Ruth’s Restaurant next to the Synagogue, we will have the opportunity to have lunch, brunch, dinner, or just a coffee, and meet and speak to members of the Jewish community.
HISTORY OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF FLORENCE
The Florentine Jewish community was present since the Roman times and lived outside the walls in the area that today sits between Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Passera (the street that is today called Via de’ Ramaglianti – where the first synagogue stood – was originally called “Via dei Giudei”, “the Jews street”).
“Documents attest the presence of Jews in Florence back in the 14th century, but the establishment of a Jewish Community occurred after 1437, the year Cosimo il Vecchio de’ Medici encouraged Jews to come to Florence as money lenders. In 1570 a Medici duke, under pressure from the Pope, enclosed the Jews in a Ghetto in the center of town where Piazza della Repubblica now stands. In 1861, citizenship was extended to the Jews of Tuscany and in 1882 the building of the magnificent Synagogue was completed” (source: official website of the Jewish Community of Florence).
The great synagogue of Florence in Via Farini was inaugurated in 1882, 21 years after the Emancipation of Italian Jews (1861) in conjunction with the proclamation of the Unification of Italy.
With its Moorish style, this synagogue is one of the most significant examples in Europe, also recognizable from above thanks to its large dome, now in copper green but originally in gold. The interior is very impressive and has great charm, rich geometric decorations embellish the wall and the light is colored by filtering through the mosaic windows.
Prices per person
Here below you can check our prices per person.
Maximum number of participants: 12.
Up to 2 people: 120€ per person
Group of 3 people: 85€ per person
Group of 4 people: 70€ per person
Group of 5 people: 65€ per person
Group of 6 people: 55€ per person
Group of 7 people: 49€ per person
Group of 8 people: 44€ per person
Group of 9 people: 40€ per person
Group of 10 people: 37€ per person
Group of 11 people: 35€ per person
Group of 12 people: 33€ per person
- The tour starts around 9am
- Pick-up at your apartment in the center of Florence
- 5 hour guided walking tour of Florence (available in English, German, or Italian)
- Ticket to the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum for the day of the visit
- Visit of the main sites of Florence related to the Jewish history
- There is no meal included in the tour
- There is no mean of transport included
- This guided tour is available only in the indicated languages (English, German, Italian) and not available in any other language