Four Days, Four Centuries of Jewish Florence


Thursday, Nov 9 1:30 PM | Lunch with introductory lecture by Dr. Alessio Assonitis, Director of the Medici Archive, about the topography of the city and the Ghetto in relation to other Florentine sites 3:00 PM | Visit to the archive and museum of the Florentine Jewish community with Dr. Piergabriele Mancuso, Director of the Jewish […]


Hotel Savoy, Florence Previous Next Hotel Savoy is built on the site where the the Jewish Ghetto, Mercato Vecchio and church of San Tommaso once stood. Work on the hotel started in 1893 and, once completed, it was praised for its modern and luxurious touches — including central heating, an elevator and even electric lights. […]

The Exhibition

The Jews, the Medici and the Ghetto in Florence is centered around a 3D reconstruction of the piazza and streets of the ancient Ghetto and the visual reconstruction of two synagogues and the mikvah, as well as paths across the squares and private spaces that allow visitors to go inside the world of Florentine Jews […]

About the Ghetto

By 1570, the Jews of Tuscany were living on borrowed time. Their brothers and sisters in Venice and Rome had already been forced to live in ghettoes. Since 1555, Pope Paul IV authorized Christian rulers to separate Jews from Christians. Tuscan Jews were ordered to wear segnos – yellows hat for men, yellow kerchiefs or sleeves […]

Who Were the Medici?

The most famous and influential family in Renaissance and early modern Italy, the Medicis created an unparalleled dynasty, consolidating their power in Florence during the first half of the 15th century and ruling over Tuscany as grand dukes until 1737. Once the wealthiest family in Europe, they produced three popes, two French queens, and numerous […]