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Why Italy

Jewish presence in Italy goes all the way back to the second Temple, making it a fascinating place to discover history!

Did you know that the first Hebrew book was printed in Italy?

Jews on the peninsula have always maintained their distinct identity while contributing to all fields of social, business, and intellectual life.
Visiting the fascinating cities on our Jewish itineraries offers unique perspectives on a varied Jewish past. Today, for example, Rome offers one of the finest Jewish museums in the world! The Biblioteca Estense in Modena and libraries in Mantova and Reggio Emilia are testimony to the centrality of Hebrew in the Italian Renaissance. Ferrara, Livorno, and Ancona offered hospitality to the exiled Jews of Spain, and became the new centers of Mediterranean culture. In Livorno, Amedeo Modigliani came of age and Giuseppe Mazzini conceived of a unified Italy inspired by the ideas of legendary Rabbi Elia Benamozegh. Trieste, once Austria's largest port, was home to Italo Svevo, Umberto Saba, and generations of Jewish writers and intellectuals, and was dubbed the Gateway to Zion, by Jews escaping to Israel from Eastern and Central Europe.

Come discover the fascinating sites, enchanting art, and mouthwatering flavors that make up Jewish Heritage in Italy and guarantee an unforgettable travel experience!

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