Walking Tour of Jewish Florence
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.
We'll begin our journey 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.
Piazza della Repubblica
Museum of Hebraic Art and Culture
*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: 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 in the historic center at your hotel. You may also make an advance request for an alternative end point within the Historic Center.
Duration: 2 hours
This tour is not available on Saturdays, major Jewish holy days and certain national holidays.
This is a walking tour.
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.
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Paola was out of the world wonderful. We were late for the tour because we took a wrong turn getting to Florence and she was calm and collected helping us get into town. We of course then got lost again and low and behold she saw a van and saw 6 females looking lost - knocked on our van door at a stop light and we connected. CRAZY but wonderful. Tour was great and we added a tour at the end to make gelato which we loved. I would suggest Paola for any tour at any time. Loved her!!!!!