Walking Tour of Florence with Kosher Food Tasting
It's believed that Jews lived in town since the 13th Century, but the first official documentation attesting to their presence in Florence dates to 1437, when the Republic called upon a group of resident Jews to restructure their "banchi" (banks) in order to take over the indispensable function of lending money, thereby saving Christian bankers—and their souls—from the damning sin of usury. Your journey begins with the most exquisite artistic evidence of the complex relationship existing between the Jewish and Christian cultures: Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Porta del Paradiso", illustrating the most famous chapters of the Tanach in its ten carved panels. We'll proceed to the Piazza della Repubblica, the former site of Florence's Jewish Ghetto. We'll move on to the crowning glory of the city's Jewish community: the Grand Synagogue, hailed as one of the most beautiful in Europe, and its splendid Museum of Hebraic Art & Culture. Your tour ends with a delicious kosher food tasting at Ruth's Kosher Jewish Restaurant.
Piazza della Repubblica
Museum of Hebraic Art and Culture
Ruth's Kosher Jewish Restaurant
*Please note, we will be entering the Synagogue and appropriate attire is necessary (covered shoulders for women, knees covered for both sexes, yarmulkas for men). Yarmulkas are available on site free.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting location: The optimal meeting point for this tour is the very easily accessible Column of Abundance at Piazza della Repubblica. However, it's possible to arrange for an alternative meeting point or for me to pick you up at your hotel if it is within Florence's historic center.
End location: The tour ends at Ruth's Kosher Jewish Restaurant where I will leave you to enjoy your kosher lunch following our 2-hour guided walking tour.
Duration: 2 hours
The guided walking tour lasts for 3 hours after which I will leave you at the kosher restaurant for the tasting. FOR YOUR PLANNING, PLEASE ALLOW AN ADDITIONAL HOUR FOR THE FOOD TASTING.
Start times of this tour are only available between 9:00 and 10:30 AM and the tour is not available on Saturdays, major Jewish holy days and certain national holidays.
This is a walking tour.
Guided walking tour of the city's main Jewish landmarks, including the Synagogue and its Museum of Hebraic Art and Culture.
Light kosher lunch (fish or vegetarian) with 1 glass of wine and a half-liter of mineral water.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euros - This PER PERSON estimate is sufficient to cover the cost of the museum entrance ticket plus a small snack or beverage in addition to the included lunch.
Entrance ticket to Synagogue museum for each group member (on-site purchase)
Any snacks or beverages