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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
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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