JEWISH TUSCANY         |         JEWISH HERITAGE
   

Day 1 · Monday · Florence [D]

(Brief history in Jewish Heritage tour, Day 7)

Morning:
Arrival at Florence's Amerigo Vespucci airport (FLR) and transfer to the 15th Century Villa Le Piazzole (http://www.lepiazzole.com) amidst vineyards and olive groves in the hills above Florence
Evening:
Welcome dinner in villa
   
   

Day 2 · Tuesday · Florence [B, L]

Morning:
Guided visit in Tempio Israelitico and Museum of Jewish Art and History; visit the San Lorenzo central market
Lunch:
Trattoria ZaZa
Afternoon:
Unguided visit in the Galleria dell' Academia; at leisure to browse and shop
Evening:
Dinner at leisure (in Florence or return to villa)
   
   

Day 3 · Wednesday · Florence [B, L, D]

Morning:
A lesson in pizza from a professional "pizzaiolo"; time to relax about villa or walk in hills
Lunch:
Pizza!
Afternoon:
Villa I Tatti in Settignano was home to Bernard Berenson, the Lithuanian Jew who became America's most illustrious critic and connoisseur of Renaissance art. For 50 years it was a mecca for intellectuals and collectionists from the world over. Today the art collection and library serve as a research facility for Harvard University.
Morning:
Dinner at La Reggía degli Etruschi in Fiesole
   
   

Day 4 · Thursday · Florence [B, L]

Morning:
Guided walking tour in the historic center (former ghetto) and the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the world's foremost collections of painting
Lunch:
Trattoria Camillo
Afternoon:
At leisure to shop or visit other museums or monuments /monument[s])
Evening:
At leisure
   
   

Day 5 · Friday · Chianti Classico & Siena [B, L, D]

Morning:
Guided visit in the historic center, former ghetto and synagogue in Siena
Lunch:
Osteria Il Ghibellino in Siena
Evening:
Dinner at Osteria Le Panzanelle in Radda
   
   

Day 6 · Saturday · Florence [B, L, D] *

Morning:
Cooking class in villa (1/2 group)
Lunch:
Class creations
Afternoon:
Cooking class in villa (1/2 group)
Evening:
Class creations
   
   

Day 7 · Sunday · Livorno (Leghorn) & Pisa [B, L, D]

Between the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th Centuries, the condition of the Jews in Tuscany assumed an aspect which endured for another two centuries. Three very diverse situations existed: the ghettos in Florence and Siena, the smaller outlying communities bordering the papal states as Lippiano, Pitigliano and Monte Savino, and the coastal communities of Pisa and Livorno. Where in the first two strict limitations were imposed, in the latter there was active and prosperous Jewish life. In no other country did Jews hold comparable privileges. A contract signed in the year 850 indicates that Pisa was probably the first Tuscan city in which Jews settled. "Marranos" or "new Christians" from Portugal, Levantines (Spaniards that moved to the Ottoman Empire) and Italian Jews flooded into Livorno and Pisa's free port under Cosimo I's implicit invitation. Ferdinand I de' Medici's "Livornina"in 1593 guaranteed a 25-year safe conduct for goods and person to any Jews who moved there and marked the official beginning of the Jewish community. In the 17th Century, Livorno was a center for scholars with its nine Hebrew printers. Its original 17th Century synagogue, destroyed in World War II, was considered second only to Amsterdam's in its beauty.

Morning:
Guided visit in the Livorno synagogue, museum, and historic Medicean port in Livorno
Lunch:
Ristorante Il Romito above the sea in Livorno
Afternoon:
Guided visit in Pisa's synagogue, cemetery and Piazza dei Miracoli
Evening:
Light dinner and wine tasting led by Villa Le Piazzole's wine maker
   
   

Day 8 · Monday · Florence & Impruneta [B, D]

Morning:
At leisure in villa or last minute shopping (outlet) or visits
Lunch: At leisure
Afternoon: Prepare for morning departure; late visit to Antica Fornace di Terrecotte Poggi Ugo in Impruneta
Evening: Farewell dinner at "il battibecco" in Impruneta
   
   

Day 9 · Tuesday · Florence [B]

Morning:
Transfer to Florence's Amerigo Vespucci airport (FLR) for return flight or further destinations.
   
   


Included are:
·accommodations in individual apartments; (double occupancy, bed & breakfast)
·all breakfasts, six lunches with pre-selected wines, six dinners with pre-selected wines
·full-time driver and coach, city passes, and transfers in air-conditioned (generally Mercedes) coach
·entrances to museum and monuments
·services of registered professional guides
·winery visits and tastings

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 (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.