A guided tour to discover Pisa through another point of view
Pisa is one of the oldest cities in the world and has always been a free city. There were no differences in language, race, religion and its streets are full of elements that recall its past.
In the thirteenth century the first Jewish communities began to live in the city, founding the city's oldest synagogue inside a medieval tower. In 1500 the community grew and a new and larger synagogue was built near the river Arno. With the arrival of the Medici family and with the new Livornine laws, which guaranteed freedom for all religious communities, the new temple was built in the bankers' district. In 1600 the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe was built (still used). What happened next? Let's find out together!
We meet at the Porta Nuova, in Manin Square, to visit the medieval Jewish inscriptions on the city walls. We will visit the Jewish cemetery (see restrictions) before entering the square of the Miracles famous for its leaning tower.
Through the medieval streets we will arrive in Piazza dei Cavalieri, the ancient seat of the Medici power in Pisa. In the medieval quarter we will see where the first Synagogue was founded and where the Jewish community had its own activities. We will get to know the medieval markets and we will visit the Lungarno, the elegant riverfront to see where the community moved in the XV century. In the district of the bankers we will visit the new Synagogue (see restrictions). The tour will give us the opportunity to know the evolution of the city and some of the stories related to the Second World War, such as the one of Pardo Roques.
The synagogue and the cemetery must be booked in advance. If it is not possible to visit them we will proceed with an external visit.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll meet you in front of the Gate PORTA NUOVA, in Manin Square (close to the city walls)
End location: Borgo Stretto street
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euro - tickets or food
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.