Jewish Tuscany Tour

Posted | 2 comments

Jewish Tuscany Tour

The presence of Jews in Tuscany evolved in the Middle Ages, especially following the Jewish expulsion from Spain. In the mid 16th century many communities in Tuscany were forced to live in ghettos. Today most of the impressive synagogues can be visited and in certain cities you can see the remnants of the ghettos and ancient cemeteries. Jewish Sepharadic, Ashkenazi and Italian life can be viewed in Tuscany. We will provide an ideal route for you in Tuscany based on individual or group needs, and save you valuable time and quick entry to sites.

NextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnailNextGen ScrollGallery thumbnail
1sinagoga-siena
2vetrina
5bologna
6bologna2
7piergiorgio
8piergiorgio2
9piergiorgio1
Tuscany countryside 1
Tuscany countryside 2
Tuscany countryside 2
SIena piazza del Campo
Siena
Siena green city
Siena
Siena
Siena
Siena
Siena
Siena

2 Comments

  1. Mille Grazie, Danielle and Eli, for creating such a wonderful experience for travelers. We think of you and your family very, very often, with many fond memories of our time together in Siena for Roshashana in 2011. We hope to visit again sometime soon!

    With Much Affection, and Shalom, Betty an Stefan

  2. Bellissima!
    Our family of four – myself, my wife and our 17 year-old twin daughters – spent a beautiful week in Tuscany in the middle of winter. Thanks to Mr. Eli Rabbani at http://jewish-tuscany.com/ who specializes in running kosher tours in and around the city of Siena.
    Since it was off season, Eli was able to accommodate us in a villa right outside of Sienna, an old brick tobacco drying house beautifully converted into an idiosyncratic villa. Lucca, the owner / architect, lives in the villa next door and treated us to a tour of the grounds, and a discussion of his work restoring old homes.
    Eli (who oversaw the kashrut for the entire enterprise, including kashering the kitchens; obtaining raw materials, cheeses, and wines; and participating in the cooking), brought in local chef Gennaro, a kitchen wizard who has worked extensively with Siena’s small but still active Jewish community. We took morning strolls through the beautiful (even in the drizzling rain) Tuscan hills, walked the streets of the old city of Siena, took in the local synagogue and museums and visited the stunning fully preserved medieval town of San Gimignano. After a light lunch, the four of us settled into the kitchen as Gennaro taught us recipes and techniques, with Eli helping along. After we cooked – what else? – we ate!
    Our self-made specialties included fresh-made pasta and pizza, oven-poached sea bream, lemon chicken, and a thick traditional vegetable soup called ribollita. Everything was delicious, and sharing our meals with Eli and Gennaro in Lucca’s simple yet elegant dining room was a perfect end to each day.
    We topped off our week with Shabbat in Florence – which is a whole other story – we followed Eli’s advice on hotel and food, and it turned out to be ideal. (He sent us to the Hotel Arizona, a modest hotel – clean and inexpensive and with a friendly staff – right next door to Florence’s only kosher restaurant, and to its magnificent synagogue.)
    If you are looking for a different way to experience Tuscany, http://jewish-tuscany.com/ should certainly be on your list. Eli is a real find; he is genuinely friendly and caring, and speaks excellent English. We can’t recommend his services highly enough. We hired him to arrange our trip, and ended up with a new friend. And while Gennaro doesn’t speak any English, he is fluent in the universal languages of charm, genuine friendliness, and the preparation of a terrific meal.

    Rabbi Moshe Silver

Leave a Reply