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Day 1 · Tuesday · Rome [D]

One of the oldest communities in the Diaspora, Rome was a nucleus for Jews in the 2nd Century BC. In the year year 70 DC, Jews numbered 40,000 out of a total of population of 800,000. As throughout Italy, the diverse rites of prayer were maintained here between the ancient Italian and later arrival of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews. A community today numbering 15,000 persons, it is a center of Jewish culture and seat to the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), the organism regulating and safeguarding Jewish life in Italy.

Morning:
Arrival at Rome's Leonarda da Vinci Fiumicino airport (FCO) and transfer to hotel
Evening:
Welcome dinner in hotel
   
   

Day 2 · Wednesday · Rome [B, L, D]

Morning:
Guided walking tour of historic center
Lunch:
Light and alla carta at Insalata Ricca
Afternoon:
Late departure for guided visit in the Museo Borghese
Evening:
Dinner at Ristorante Pierluigi
   
   

Day 3 · Thursday · Rome [B, L]

Morning:
Guided tour in the Jewish ghetto designated in Pope Paul IV's bull of 1555, Great Synagogue built 1901-04 in "eclectic" style, and Jewish Museum with its extensive collection of ritual objects, precious fabrics, documents, and incunabula.
Lunch:
Lunch at Ristorante Al Pompiere
Afternoon:
At leisure to browse for Judaica in ghetto or shop in center
Evening:
At leisure
   
   

Day 4 · Friday · Rome [B, L]

Morning:
Guided visit in the Musei Vaticani and the Basilica di San Pietro
Lunch:
Ristorante Quattro Mori
Afternoon:
Visit to Fosse Ardeatine
Evening:
Unscheduled
   
   

Day 5 · Saturday · Rome [B, D] *

Morning:
Guided walking tour through the Foro Romano and Colisseo
Lunch:
At leisure
Afternoon:
At leisure or optional visit
Evening:
Dinner at Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere
   
   

Day 6 · Sunday · Pitigliano & Florence (Fiesole) [B, L, D]

Pitigliano first Jewish settlement was in 1579 following the Jewish expulsion from the papal states. It is a picturesque village once called "Little Jerusalem" for its sizeable Jewish population in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Morning:
Depart for Tuscany, visiting Pitigliano en route
Lunch:
Hostaria del Ceccottino in Pitigliano
Afternoon:
Guided tour of Pitigliano's ghetto and synagogue
Evening:
Check into Hotel Villa Fiesole (http://www.villafiesole.it) in the hills above Florence; dinner in hotel
   
   

Day 7 · Monday · Florence [B, L]

Although there probably existed a Jewish community and cemetery in the Roman "Florentia," documents date the community to the 13th Century. Under the early Medici, there were cultural exchanges between Hebrew scholars and Christian humanists. Following the vicissitudes of Florentine political life in the centuries following, Jews passed periods of both calm and insecurity. After the community was first established in 1229, Jews played an important role in the economic life for another 350 years. After centuries of relative tranquility, Florentine anti-Jewish measures were also applied here with the city's decline of power in the 16th Century.

Morning:
Guided visit in the Tempio Israelitico and Museo Ebraico
Lunch:
Trattoria Osteria Da Què Ganzi
Afternoon:
At leisure to browse and shop
Evening:
At leisure
   
   

Day 8 · Tuesday · Florence [B, L]

Morning:
Cooking class in hotel
Lunch:
Cooking class creations
Afternoon:
Late visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia
Evening:
Unscheduled
   
   

Day 9 · Wednesday · Chianti Classico & Siena [B, L, D]

Morning:
Winery visit and tasting
Lunch:
Osteria Le Panzanelle in Radda
Afternoon:
Guided walking tour of historic center, synagogue and ghetto in Siena
Evening:
Dinner at Hostaria Il Carroccio in Siena
   
   

Day 10 · Thursday · Florence [B, D]

Morning:
Late departure for guided visit in Florence's historic center followed by visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi
Lunch:
At leisure
Afternoon:
At leisure
Evening:
Dinner at La Reggía degli Etruschi in Fiesole
   
   

Day 11 · Friday · Ferrara & Venice [B, L]

Since 1100, Ferrara's history was indelibly entwined with that of the Jewish community. Over the centuries, migrating Jews from Rome, Spain and Germany gathered here with ten synagogues and a population of 2000. It was a crucible for Sephardic culture under Ercole I d'Este in the late 15th Century .

Morning:
Depart Florence and travel to Ferrara and Venice
Lunch:
Ristorante Osteria Balebuste
Afternoon:
Guided visit in the historic center and ghetto
Evening:
Check into hotel; unsheduled
   
   

Day 12 · Saturday · Venice [B, D] *

Jewish origins in the lagoon remain unclear. Sometime during the 10th C. Jews began trading on the Rialto. In the world's first "ghetto" (of Venetian origin) dating to 1516, there remain numerous synagogues or "scola" attesting to the unique and very diverse origins of the community. During its early years, the "German Nation" ("nazione tedesca") was responsible for the recovery of hidden wealth, later administering loans banks and amongst and amongst one of the few allowed professions. Following war with Turkey (1537-40), Venice faced decline and severe economic problems. Trade diminished, the Adriatic port of Ancona was establishing itself, and eventually there were new geographical discoveries in the Atlantic. An area near the Ghetto Vecchio was designated for Levantine Jews. These merchants from the Ottoman Empire and those Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal were a blessing for the Venetian Trade Authority ("Cinque Savi alla Mercanzia"). The 17th C. was a golden age in Venetian Jewish Culture. Before the plague of 1630, the Universita degli Ebrei," the community's name at that time, numbered around 5,000 Jews. Within its gates flourished places for worship and study, a theater, academy of music and literary salons. Still vibrant today, the ghetto is one of very few Jewish quarters still in existence and preserved over the centuries.

Morning:
Guided visit in Palazzo Ducale and Rialto
Lunch:
Unscheduled
Afternoon:
Return to hotel; late guided visit in the Basilica di San Marco and "Sestiere" of Castello
Evening:
Dinner at Enoteca La Maschereta
   
   

Day 13 · Sunday · Venice [B, L]

Morning:
Guided visit in ghetto, synagogues and Jewish Museum
Lunch:
Typically Venetian at Osteria al Garanghelo
Afternoon:
At leisure to browse and shop; optional visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia
Evening:
At leisure
   
   

Day 14 · Monday · Venice [B, D]

Morning:
Guided visit in the Mazzega glass factory on the island of Murano
Lunch:
Unscheduled
Afternoon:
At leisure to prepare for morning departure;
Evening:
A tour of the lagoon and islands by water taxi before a farewell dinner at Trattoria Da Romano on the island of Burano
   
   

Day 15 · Tuesday · Venice [B]

Morning:
Transfer to Venice San Marco Airport (VCE) for departure or further destinations
   
   


Included are:
·accommodations in two four-star and one three-star hotel (bed & breakfast; double room occupancy
·all breakfasts, nine lunches with pre-selected wines, eight dinners with pre-selected wines
·full-time driver and coach, city passes, and transfers in air-conditioned (generally Mercedes) coach
·three-day pass for Venice ferries
·entrances to museums and monuments(guided and unguided)
·services of registered professional guides in six Jewish historical museums and/or sites and fourteen State and Vatican museums and/or sites
·winery visit and tasting
·cooking class

Optional extras not included are:
·travel insurance
·air or train fares
·taxis or transfers to and from airports or other arrival and departure points not specified
     in the program
·single room supplement
·meals not indicated in the program
·additional drinks
·rentals (car or mobile telephone)
·obtaining documentation
·personal hotel expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone calls)
·gratuities

*Arrangements will be made at any time for guests wishing to attend services during the tour.

We would be delighted to attend to any travel requirements or additional arrangements (extending your itinerary to other cities of art, the Amalfi Coast or other destinations, transfers to and from other points of arrival and departure, etc.)

If necessary, we reserve the right to make very minor modifications to the above published itinerary. In the event of any substitutions (e.g., dining establishments), all guests will be notified.