Conceptio in Itinere

JEWISH ROOT in Italy

the Jewish heritage pearls

Available: all year long
13 nights / 14 days
Bed and breakfast basis with accommodation in 3* or 4* hotels

 

Not only does Italia sound in Hebrew like I-TAL-JAH or “island of divine dew”, but history tells us that the first known Jewish settlement in western Europe before the Diaspora was Italy, and the first Synagogue was built in Ostia Antica, the harbour-town of Ancient Rome, around 200 B.C. After the tragedy of the Second World War when peace returned to Europe, the Jewish community in Italy became a thriving and active part of Italian society totally integrated. Pope John Paul II gave to all Christians a plain message: respect for and consideration of “our Elder brothers !”.

Departure on Your request

BB basis + 2 dinners at Kosher restaurants

 

Day 1. ROME

Meet and Greet upon arrival at the airport. Our tour escort will assist you during the transfer and the check-in at your reserved hotel. The day is at your disposal for resting, shopping or optional sightseeing. In the evening a short lecture and welcome drink is planned. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2. ROME

After breakfast morning city tour visiting the Jewish area and ancient Rome. Lunch is at your leisure in the city centre. In the afternoon an excursion is planned to Ostia Antica.

Jewish info ROME: Community in Lungotevere Cenci, (telephone 0668400661-066875051-066875052). First Jewish settlement in 139 B.C. Several kosher restaurants, Centre of Jewish culture, Institute of Jewish studies and two ritual baths. Union of all Jewish-ltalian communities in Lungotevere Sanzio (telephone 065803667 or 065803670). Italian rite: Tempio Maggiore, Oratorium Di Castro, Oratorium dell’ Ospedale. Spanish rite: Tempio Spagnolo, Oratorium Tripolino, Tempio Beth El, Tempio della Scuola V. Polacco. Oratorium Ashkenazita. Jewish catacombs in via Nomentana. Cemetery in Verano.

OSTIA ANTICA; the ancient town of Ostia, harbour of Imperial Rome, monumental and archaeological structure of incredible greatness. Historical records of Ostia start from year 335 b.C. The city developed and grew mostly during the Imperial period and its decline started at the beginning of the 4th century b.C.

Jewish info: Remains of the oldest synagogue in Europe (4th century b.C).

Kosher dinner tonight is planned at one of the good restaurants at Ghetto of Rome.

 

Day 3. ROME – SIENA

After breakfast morning departure to Siena. En route stop in Pitigliano where you will pay a visit of the Synagogue and the Jewish area with the Jewish cemetery. Arrival in Siena and check in at hotel. Time at your leisure.

PITIGLIANO Called “the little Jerusalem” for its large Jewish settlement in the 17th and 18th century. Picturesque little town on a tufa hill among deep ravines, with an Etruscan necropolis and Romanesque churches. Important sights: Palazzo Orsini, Duomo, Santa Maria,

Jewish info: Community in Livorno (telephone 058628722). First Jewish settlement in 1579, following the expulsion of the Jews from the State of the Church . It became a Jewish refuge with a community of about 500 people. Old ghetto and Synagogue (being renovated). Jewish cemetery. No kosher restaurant, Kosher wine produced.

 

Day 4. SIENA – FLORENCE

After breakfast, morning visit of Siena with an orientation walking tour in this charming town where Jewish population is about 900 persons.

SIENA: One of Italy’s most fascinating towns, with a splendid Gothic Duomo; the world famous Palio takes place in this city. Important sights: Piazza del Campo, Battistero, Duomo, Pinacoteca, Palazzo Piccolomini, Santa Caterina, Palazzo Pubblico.

Jewish info: Community and synagogue in via delle Scotte, 14, near Piazza del Campo (telephone 0577284647). First known Jewish settlement in 1229 (a Jewish university), but earlier settlements are probable. Old Ghetto (Italian rite) and Jewish cemetery in Via Certosa. No kosher restaurant, but there is a kosher butcher.

In the afternoon, departure to Florence. Arrival and check-in at hotel. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 5. FLORENCE

After breakfast, morning half day city tour. In the afternoon time at your leisure.

Jewish info: Community and synagogue in Via L.C. Farini 4 (telephone 055245252). First Jewish settlement in 1430. Tempio Maggiore (Spanish rite). Old Jewish cemetery. Kosher restaurant. Dinner at Kosher restaurant with a selection of vegetarian dishes. Overnight accommodation.

Day 6. FLORENCE – FERRARA

After breakfast, we leave Florence towards Ferrara. Along the way stop in Bologna for a short independent visit. En route Arrival in Ferrara in the afternoon and before checking-in at the hotel, meeting with the local guide for an orientation tour.

BOLOGNA: Chief town of Emilia and Romagna. Monumental and picturesque, with medieval towers, porticos, long covered streets and famous churches. Etruscan, Roman, a free comune, in the middle age today famed for its cuisine. Centre of cultural life. Home of Europe’s oldest university. Art, good food, good living, important sights: Basilica S. Petronio, Torre degli Asinelli, Pinacoteca, S.Domenico, Fontana di Nettuno.

Jewish info: Community in Via De’ Gombruti 9 (telephone 051232066) near Asinelli Tower. First Jewish settlement in 3rd or 4th century. Tempio Maggiore, museum, school of Talmudic studies.

FERRARA: Ancient capital of the domains of the Este family’s Duchy. It is endowed with splendid buildings. Important sights: Cathedral, Palazzo Schifanoia, Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro.

Jewish info: Community in Via Mazzini 95, near the Estense Castle. Jewish refuge in 15th and 16th century, when the Este family gave shelter to the Jews expelled by the Papal States. In those times there were 10 synagogues and more than 2000 Jewish people. Old Ghetto, Scola Francese and German Scola and cemetery. Kosher restaurant Osteria del Ghetto. Independent dinner and overnight accommodation.

 

Day 7. FERRARA

Breakfast and morning transfer to the nearby town of Ravenna for a free visit. In the afternoon time at your leisure in Ferrara.

RAVENNA: The ancient capital of the Western Roman Empire, link between the Roman and Byzantine world, a treasure house of unique monuments, it preserves the art produced in two eras. Splendid Byzantine mosaics and capital of the barbaric kingdoms of Odoacer and Theodoric. City of vital interest to understand the Byzantine art. Important sights are San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Teodorico, Dante's Tomb.

 

Day 8. FERRARA – TRIESTE

Breakfast and morning departure to reach Trieste. En route stop in Padua for a short independent exploration of its city centre. Once arrived in Trieste we will enjoy an interesting guided tour among the beauty of this important town of the extreme eastern part of Italy. Check in at hotel.

Optional PADUA: Agricultural and industrial city. Seat of a very important university. Centre of culture and art, with the famous Scrovegni Chapel (with world famous Giotto frescoes, painted in 1305) and the magnificent Basilica of Sant’Antonio. Important sights: Palazzo della Ragione, Battistero, Duomo, Church of Eremitani, Monument of Gattamelata, Civic Museum.

Jewish info: Community and synagogue in Via S. Martino and Solferino 9 (telephone 0498751106 - 0498714999). No Kosher restaurant. First Jewish settlement in 11th century. During the 14th century the university of Padua was the only one in Europe to accept Jewish students. Two synagogues (Italian and Spanish rite). Jewish quarter and Ghetto. Jewish cemeteries in San Leonardo and Via Sorio (the newest).

TRIESTE: Important commercial and industrial city. The main port of the Adriatic. Beautiful Romanesque Basilica of St. Giusto, a recently discovered Roman theatre and the famous Castle of Miramare, erected on a promontory, with a beautiful park which contains an important historical museum. Important sights: Castello di Miramare, Gothic Church of St. Michele, Museum of History and Art (Greek and Egyptian antiquities).

Jewish info: Community and synagogue in Via San Francesco 19 (telephone 040371446). Kosher restaurant. First Jewish settlement in 11th century. Old Ghetto. Scola Vivante in Via del Monte. Cemetery of Sant’Anna. Risiera of San Saba, tragic place of deportation during World War ll, in Via Martiri della Risiera. In 1933, many Jewish families fleeing from Nazi Germany sailed to Palestine from this harbour. They called it Porta di Sion.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 9. TRIESTE – VENICE

After breakfast we leave Trieste to reach Venice. En route stop in Risiera di San Saba, the Italian Nazi Concentration camp where unfortunately during the II World War thousands of people lost their life. Afternoon arrival in Venice with our private motor-launch and check in at hotel in Mestre area. Rest of the day at Your leisure in Venice city centre. Return transfer by motorboat from/to Tronchetto terminal. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 10. VENICE

After breakfast, half day tour in the Jewish quarters of this marvellous and unique city. Here lives the most ancient and well preserved Jewish Ghetto of Europe. After the visit, time at Your disposal to enjoy an independent lunch at one of the numerous Kosher restaurants and cafés of the area.

Jewish info: Community in Cannareggio 1118/A (telephone 041715012 and 716882.

First Jewish settlement in 9th century. Jewish shops and kosher restaurants. Spanish Scola, Levantine Scola, Luzzato Scola, Canton Scola, Great German Scola (the oldest). Cemetery of San Nicolo. Three ghettos: Old Ghetto (founded in 1516), New Ghetto (1541) and Newest Ghetto (1603). They form the only Jewish quarter in Europe, almost entirely preserved. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 11. VENICE

Time at your leisure for relax or for optional visits, we suggest a half day tour in the Venetian Lagoon to visit the characteristic islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Independent meals and overnight accommodation.

 

Day 12. VENICE – PARMA

After breakfast morning departure to Parma; with a stop en route in Sabbioneta. Once arrived in Parma we will enjoy short visit of the city before checking-in at hotel.

SABBIONETA: The little Athens by the Po river. The Gonzaga Family materialized their dream by building this town, an outstanding example of classical architecture. The idea of a humanist warrior prince that became reality.

Jewish info: First Jewish settlement in 1436. Synagogue in Via Campi, and cemetery.

PARMA: The jewel of Emilia-Romagna. The capital city of an independent state from 1545 and 1860, with the famous Romanesque Battistero newly restored, one of the most glorious architectural structures in Italy, built by Antelami. Important sights: National Gallery, Camera di San Paolo, Palazzo della Pilota, San Giovanni Evangelista.

Jewish info: in Vicolo Cervi (telephone 0521200243). First Jewish settlement in 14th or 15th century. Synagogue of Italian rite, built in 1800. Cemetery in Viale Villetta.

Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 13. PARMA – MANTUA – MILAN

Also this day will be full of visits starting with an early departure, after breakfast, from Parma to reach Milan. Stop en route to see Mantua, the town of the Gonzaga Family's precious heritage. In the afternoon departure to Milan. Arrival and , before checking-in at the hotel, city tour of the historical centre with local guide.

MANTUA: A city rich in buildings and art treasures, especially of the 15th and 16th century. Seat of the Gonzaga family, who held one of the most brilliant courts in Europe and turned Mantova into a Renaissance capital. Important sights: Palazzo Ducale S. Andrea, Palazzo Te, Loggia dei Gonzaga.

Jewish info: Community and synagogue in Via Govi 11 (telephone 0376321490). Rabbi’s Palace in Via Bertani, cemetery in Via Legnano.

MILANO: One of the most important industrial cities in Europe with a great historical past and a lively cultural life, with a unique Gothic Duomo and Home to the main opera house in Italy, La Scala. Important sights: Pinacoteca di Brera, Castello Sforzesco, S. Ambrogio, S. Maria delle Grazie (Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper).

Jewish info: Community in Via Eupili 2 (telephone) 023452096/7/8). International library in Via Eupili 8, the most important collection of documents and books about contemporary Jewish history. Kosher restaurant and stores. Central temple, Scola Shapira (Italian rite) and Rabbi’s office in Via Guastalla 19 (telephone 025512101). Ten Oratoriums. Among them: Sefard Oratorium, Ashkenazi

Oratorium, Sefard Persian Oratorium, Italian rite Oratorium. The largest complex is in Via Sally Mayor, 4 and includes schools, libraries, oratorium, fitness centre, restaurant, etc. Independent meals and Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 14. MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel and escorted transfer to the airport or railway station. Our services ends here, with the wish to welcome you again in Italy !

 

Our package includes:

  • Air conditioned private coach with professional driver for all transfers and tours

  • Multilingual Tour Escort in tour

  • Local Guide for an half day sightseeing tour in Roma, Pitigliano, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Padua and Triesre, Venice and Parma, Mantova and Milan as per detailed program.

  • Accommodation can be in 3* or 4* central hotels with breakfast (city tax, where foreseen, is not included)

  • Only three kosher meals are included, without drinks. All other days, bed and breakfast buffet daily.

  • Entrance fees in Rome, Pitigliano, Siena, Florence, Ferrara, Ravenna, Padua and Trieste, Venice and Parma, Mantua and Milan as per detailed program.

  • Hotel accommodation of the tour escort in sgl room and his meals where necessary

  • City bus permits and parking all over the itinerary


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