Jewish synagogues and museum are TEMPORARILY closed for restorative measures
The origins of the Jewish community in Ferrara are very ancient. Many Jews, driven out of their native countries (Spain and Southern Italy 1492 Portugal 1498 Germany 1530), were welcomed by the Este liberal policy and created here a community of 2, 000 Jews. The ghetto was set up in 1627 by the papal government which, after replacing the Estes'rule, ended the liberal policy. The tour starts from the castle where the Estes lived and ruled. In Piazza Cattedrale, in front of the cathedral, stands a statue whose base was made using old Jewish tombstones. Behind the Cathedral lies the old Jewish ghetto and its streets (Via Mazzini, Vittoria, Vignatagliata, Mozzo Torcicoda and della Vittoria and Piazzetta Lampronti)where synagogues and schools were built. In via Mazzini is located the Palace of the synagogues where it is possible to visit 3 synagogues and a small Jewish museum. In Ferrara it is possible to visit the Jewish cemetery. Jewish synagogues and museum are TEMPORARILY CLOSED for restorative measures
Castello estense inner courtyard, squares Castello, Savonarola, Cattedrale, Trento Trieste, via Mazzini, via dei Contrari, via vittoria, via Vignatagliata, vicolo Lampronti, via Ragno, via delle Volte, via San Romano. In order to reach the Jewish cemetery you have to walk some other streets
Jewish Synagogues and museum TEMPORARY CLOSED otherwise open Sunday-Thursday; ON FRIDAY and SATURDAY CLOSED
MEIS (National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah)Summer April 1st-September 30th Tuesday-Friday 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm; Sundays 10am-6pm; Winter October 1st-March 31st Tuesday-Thursday 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm; Friday 10am-3pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed on Jewish Celebrations. Free entrance under 18, Full ticket price € 4, 00.
JEWISH CEMETERY Winter:9am-4. 30pm, Summer:9am-6pm. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish festivities. Entrance free of charge. The Jewish cemetery is reachable on foot even if it is more than 1 km far away from the city centre in case of walking problems a taxi or a car is necessary on customer cost
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: It depends on starting time and where you wish to start from.
If you start from CITY CENTRE: Meeting place at the inner courtyard of the Estense Castle. The castle is located in the city centre between Viale Cavour and Piazza Castello.
If you start from the Jewish cemetery: meeting place in via delle Vigne in front of the Jewish cemetery gate
End location: It depends on where you start the tour
Duration: 2 hours
The tour price includes only:
- 2-hour guided tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4 EURO - /each full price for the Jewish museum, reduced price € 3,00/each for people over 65 and € 1,50/each for students
As the Jewish community of Ferrara is a very tiny one furthermore the synagogue palace was damaged during the 2012 earthquakes an offer is always well appreciated
Taxi or a car from and to the Jewish cemetery at tourist's charges
Transportation is not included in the tour
If you plan your visit from Bologna, return train ticket costs € 9,00 per person and it takes 30 minutes by "Regionale Veloce" trains and 50 minutes by "Regionale" trains. Return train tickets on all other train types costs € 40,00 reservations are needed and it takes 20 minutes
If you plan your visit from Venice return train ticket costs € 16,00 per person and it takes 1h30 by "Regionale Veloce" trains. Return train tickets on all other train types costs € 40,00 reservations are needed and it takes 1h00
If you plan your visit from Padua return train ticket costs € 12,00 per person and it takes 1h00 by "Regionale Veloce" trains. Return train tickets on all other train types costs € 26,00 reservations are needed and it takes 30 minute
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My second tour with Manuela and again a great tour. So enjoyable and she was able to tie my previous tour of Mantua to that of Ferrara. Ferrara is a beautiful town. Easily walkable and Manuela brought its history alive. So glad I chose this tour with her. Highly recommend.