A Jewish Journey to Northern Italy

price from 2400 €

09 days
Jewish history is of fundamental importance for Italian cultural heritage. In fact, almost all the cities of Italy can tell Jewish communities that were born, sometimes disappeared or changed in the time. There are fascinating places historically from the north to the south. Exciting synagogues, literary paths to follow, manuscripts to be found in different museums, libraries to be explore, family archives accessible to those who ask for it.
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  • Trieste
  • Venice
  • Bologna
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Upon arrival at the Venice Airport your private driver will wait for you to take you to your hotel in Trieste. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your private concierge who will help you with check in procedures and answer to your questions. Your private concierge will ensure your holiday is running smoothly and to your complete gratification. Your local representative is available on the ground to make sure your travel arrangements run flawlessly. He/she is there to assist you and available on the phone for any questions you may have. The remainder of the day will be at leisure

After a relaxing American Style buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day to discover the City. Begin with the Ghetto area, the monumental Synagogue, the Jewish Museum. You will visit the Carlo and Vera Wagner Museum (Jewish Museum) housed in a historically significant building which was originally intended as a Jewish hospital, used as a primary school, and, later, as a shelter for Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, as well as a Polish Ashkenazi oratory. Some of the buildings from the two ghettos in Trieste still survive and have been restored. There were five functioning synagogues over the course of Trieste's history, the one that survived was built in 1912, and it's the biggest synagogue in Europe. The synagogue is currently used for important occasions. The building also houses the community services, important archives, and a library. At the end of the visit we will take a Merenda [late morning snack] at pastry shop La Bomboniera, one of the most ancient in Italy "Locale Storico", established by the Eppingers Family; it still produces some typical Jewish sweets. It is a really city institution After a leisurely lunch meet your private vehicle and English speaking guide to continue your tour to visit the Miramare Castle, a jewel in the Gulf of Trieste. The Castle is surrounded by a flourishing park full of precious botanic species, and given its location on a cliff high above the sea, has a charming panoramic view. After the tour you will be privately transferred to your hotel.

Depart this morning after your American buffet breakfast American Style buffet breakfast for a full day excursion. The first stop will be the Risiera of San Sabba for a quick visit, it is the only concentration camp built by the Nazis in Italy and it is placed at the periphery of Trieste. Now it is a civic museum of memory. For the Italian Jews and for the Jews of Trieste, the Risiera was generally a temporary arrangement, awaiting the final deportation to Auschwitz or other camps. After a short ride you will continue your visit to Gorizia. Evidence of the prosperity of the community of Gorizia is evident in the balconies and decorative wrought-iron railings that can be found on Via Ascoli, the main street of the ghetto. The town's synagogue, which was destroyed during WWII and later reopened in 1947 by Jewish American soldiers stationed in the town, was remodeled in 1984. Enjoy lunch in one of the typical restaurant before continuing your tour to the next destination Cividale The Jewish presence in this area is documented between the XII and XVII centuries. After your arrival, you will be offered a sampling of kosher spirits, really famous in this area. Afterwards you will enjoy a guided tour of the historic center and the National Archaeological Museum which preserves relics of the Longobard period, and gravestones of the ancient Jewish cemetery. Upon completion of the tour you will be privately transferred back to your hotel in Trieste.

Depart Trieste this morning after a leisurely American buffet breakfast and let your private driver transfer you to Venice. Stop in Conegliano, where a small but very important Jewish Community was established in ancient times. Wonderful Village with an old medieval center, and capital of the famous "Prosecco" wine, today known all over the world. Jews have lived in Conegliano Veneto since the sixteenth century and prayed in a synagogue in front of a beautiful Holy Ark with fine golden carved wooden ornamentation. One of the most charming panoramic views of the area after the Castle can be enjoyed from the old Jewish Cemetery. Thanks to the work of the local Centre for the History and Archaeology to whom the Jewish Community of Venice entrusted the task, 130 sandstone and limestone tombstones have been brought to light again. The epigraphs – most of which are written in Hebrew – bear quotations from the Bible. After a superb lunch let your private driver take you to Venice. Upon arrival in Piazzale Roma you will be greeted by your concierge and luxury private boat to reach your hotel.

Leave the lagoon island this morning after your American style breakfast to your Next destination: Bologna called the fat city Stop en-route in Padua and meet your local guide to visit the Ghetto located in the heart of the historic center near Piazza delle Erbe. The main artery was Via San Martino and Solferino. At the junction with via Roma we find the first of four large doors. Above each was a marble plaque with a carved Lion of San Marco, the symbol of Venice. Leave Padua with your private driver and head off to Ferrara where you will stop for lunch at leisure (up to 1 hr) before you will be met by your local guide for visit the ancient Jewish district of Ferrara. It extends for some blocks just adjacent to the cathedral and the market square, lively theater of economic activities that have always been ably conducted by the Jewish community, settled in the city since the 13th century. Let you guide walk you along the Renaissance walls to discover the evocative Jewish cemetery, rich in symbols and atmospheres that will complete the meeting with the rites and traditions of this people. (Closed on Saturdays) - Our visit ends at MEIS, the new National Museum of Italian Judaism and Shoah. Upon completion of the tour let you driver accompany you to your hotel in Bologna

After your relaxing American Buffet breakfast this morning meet your local guide for a day in Bologna. Spend the morning with a unique experience: a private and exclusive lecture with one of the most important experts in Jewish studies in Italy, He re-discovered the world’s oldest known complete Torah scroll. The culture and the passion of the Lecturer, together with the precious historical manuscripts that you will see and will be described, will surely leave you with a memory that you will hardly forget. After a leisurely lunch continue your itinerary to visit the recently restored ghetto area . One door is still visible in the historic center between the two towers: Torre degli Asinelli and Torre della Garsenda. Here you can find craft shops with Jewish prints and other hints of new life in the old Jewish neighborhood. The Jewish cemetery dates back to the second half of the 19th century but original 16th century tombstones can be found in the city's Museo Civico Medievale (Medieval Civic Museum). Upon completion you will be accompanied back to your hotel.

After your American buffet breakfast enjoy a full day excursion to Modena and Parma. the first stop will be in Modena where your private local guide will welcome you and introduce you to the city. The city of Modena offers the chance to discover the secrets of its Jewish past. Although the Jewish ghetto was almost completely transformed in 1903, hints of it remain for visitors with a keen eye including the original hinges of one of the four gates which closed off the neighborhood and a street of low houses that have kept their original medieval structure. Head towards then the beautiful city of Parma and enjoy a relaxing lunch at your own pleasure (up to 1 hour).Meet your local guide In Parma, our Jewish historical agenda brings us to the synagogue which opened in 1866 when Jews returned to Parma after a two-century absence. Then to the Biblioteca Palatina that is home to the largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts in Italy, and the second largest in the world after the Bodleian Library in Oxford. After the tour your private driver will accompany you back to your hotel

Today you will be privately transferred to the Venice airport for your outbound flight.

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HIGHLIGHTS Private lecture
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A private and exclusive lecture with one of the most important experts in Jewish studies in Italy, He re-discovered the world’s oldest known complete Torah scroll.
HIGHLIGHTS Trieste old Ghetto
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Visit the old ghetto of Trieste You will visit the Carlo and Vera Wagner Museum (Jewish Museum) housed in a historically significant building which was originally intended as a Jewish hospital
HIGHLIGHTS Personal concierge service
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Your personal Concierge is the person who Welcomes you to Italy, meet and greet you at the airport/train station, and accompany you to your hotel together with a private car or the private boat booked.
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