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 History Program at the Medici Archive Project

Tour of the Tempio Maggiore Israelitico (Great Synagogue of Florence) led by architectural historian Dr. Lorenzo Vigotti

5:30 PM | Options:

  • Free Time
  • Guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Walking tour of the center of Florence with aperitivo at the historic Caffe Concerto, where the Ghetto once stood
  • Visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

8:00 PM | Dinner joined by museum directors, curators and guests from the Florentine Jewish community.

Overnight: Hotel Savoy, Florence

Friday, November 10 

8:00 AM | Breakfast 

9:00 AM | Tour of the Laurentian Medici Library to see the Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, with Dr. David Baldi, Senior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project

Visit to the Basilica di San Lorenzo

12:30 AM | Lunch 

3:00 PM | Visit the The Jews, the Medici and the Ghetto in Florence exhibition at the Pitti Palace with curators Drs. Piergabriele Mancuso and Alice Legé

5:00 PM | Free time 

6:00 PM | Shabbat Services

8:00 PM | Shabbat dinner 

Overnight: Hotel Savoy, Florence

Saturday, November 11 

8:00 AM | Breakfast

9:00 AM | Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

11:00 AM | Aroma Italia shopping and cooking experience

3:00 PM | Visit to the Bargello National Museum with lecture by Dr. Alessio Assonitis about Jewish iconography in Renaissance Sculpture

5:00 PM | Options:

  • Free time
  • Wine tasting
  • Create your own Medici perfume with perfume historian, Dr. Gaston Basile
  • Italian fashion walking tour 

8:00 PM | Dinner 

10:00 PM | Night walking tour of Piazza della Signoria (Cosimo I Equestrian Statue, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Neptune Fountain)

Overnight: Hotel Savoy, Florence

Sunday, November 12

5:30 AM | Optional Hot Air Balloon ride over the city

8:00 AM | Breakfast 

9:00 AM | Options

  • Free time 
  • Self-guided tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David and other masterpieces of Renaissance art
  • Self-guided visit to Brunelleschi Dome

12:00 PM | Closing Brunch 

*All times/locations/activities subject to change