Another stop on our tour of Tuscany, Siena is famous for the cultural contribution of its scholars and rabbis as well as the mix of rites that made up the community here. While the ghetto has changed over time, we can still visit the synagogue which dates back to 1786. Its anonymous façade is typical of synagogues built before Emancipation.
The Jewish cemetery in Siena is also an interesting stop as its tombs date back to the 16th century!
The first Jewish people in the city were Italians followed by Spaniards escaping the Inquisition in 1492, and Ashkenazi Jews later on. These traditions all blended together, creating a diverse Jewish community.
The Ghetto of Siena lasted 288 years, from 1571-1859, and was situated near Piazza del campo. It was redeveloped in 1935.
Although the Jewish population of Siena dwindled with time, there are plenty of Jewish landmarks to visit in Siena such as the synagogue which dates back to 1786 with its anonymous façade typical of synagogues built before emancipation, as well as the Jewish cemetery, an interesting place to visit for its tombs which date back to the 16th century.