There are many places in Bologna where the Jewish community left its mark. The ghetto area is an important stop. Its 16th century layout can still be precisely traced amid narrow streets (via dei Giudei, Canonica, dell'Inferno, San Giobbe, del Carro and Mandria:a maze of alleys tell the story of a community forced to live in a specific area by order of the Papal State. The Jewish museum was established with the aim of preserving the Jewish heritage rooted in Bologna and in its Region. In via San Vitale the old Synagogue stood before the ghetto foundation, and in Piazza Santo Stefano stands Casa Sforno, a beautiful Jewish palace. In Bologna there is a unique example of a Hebrew inscription on a 16th century monumental building. The present-day synagogue, built in 1868, was rebuilt after the 2nd World war and it is a modern reconstruction with the same architectural structure. DUE TO THE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS IN EUROPE it is impossible to obtain permission to visit sensitive sites interiors like synagogues
Piazza Maggiore with its main monuments (Palazzo re Enzo, Palazzo Accursio, dei notai, dei banchi), piazza Galvani with the Archiginnasio and the Paviglione portico, the Mercato di Mezzo with the typical medieval streets, the two leaning towers, the old Jewish Ghetto thro via dei Giudei, Canonica, dell'Inferno, Vicolo San Giobbe, Mandria and via del Carro. Jewish museum* in via Valdonica, Via Goito and the facade of Bocchi's Palace, via San Vitale where the old synagogue stood, Piazza Santo Stefano with the Sforno's house and St. Steven church, the Synagogue** in via de' Gombruti, via de' Fusari with the old inn "Al cappello rosso".
* The Jewish Museum is open from Sunday to Thusday: from 10. 00 am to 6. 00 pm and onFridays from 10. 00 am to 4. 00 pm. Closed on Saturdays and on Jewish holidays.
** DUE TO THE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS IN EUROPE it is impossible to obtain permission to visit sensitive sites like synagogues. However it is possible to visit the synagogue exterior.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Piazza Maggiore 1/e outside the Tourist office information (IAT)under the portico in front of the Saint Petronio Basilica. I'll stay close to the tourist office entrance door
End location: As meet up location: Piazza Maggiore
Duration: 3 hours
- The tour price includes a 3-hour guided tour only
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 EURO - Full ticket for Anatomic theatre in Archiginnasio; reduction euro 2.00/each students under 25 and senior citizens over 65; free disabled visitors and children
Transportation is not included in the tour price
Bologna is one of the easiest cities to reach by trains and highways.
From VENICE, return ticket costs € 23 each and it takes 2 hours by "Regionale Veloce" - return ticket costs € 60 per person and it takes 1h30 minutes by "Frecciargento".
From MILAN, return train ticket costs € 80/€ 120 each and it takes 1h10 by "Frecciarossa" - return ticket costs € 32 per person and it takes 3h00 by "Regionale Veloce".
From VERONA, return ticket costs € 19 each and it takes 1h30 by "Regionale Veloce" - return ticket costs € 46 per person and it takes 50 minutes by "frecciargento".
From FLORENCE, return ticket costs € 30/40 each and it takes 40 minutes by "Frecciarossa"
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Manuela was a wonderful guide she was very knowledgeable and shared her knowledge with great joy. We loved spending time with her.