Jewish Trieste

Discovering the history and traditions of the Jewish community in Trieste
1 day

Jewish Trieste

Discovering the history and traditions of the Jewish community in Trieste

1 day

The Jewish community has always lived in Trieste since the mid-13th century. The Jewish population played a very important role in the economic life of the city, especially during the 19th century, when its cultural and social development reached its peak. In the 1800s, the first shipping and insurance companies opened in Trieste, such as Austrian Lloyd and Generali which were founded by members of the Jewish bourgeoisie. The local community enjoyed flourishing periods during which it became a protagonist of the city’s life, but also endured great suffering, at the time of the persecutions and deportations. In fact, the only Nazi extermination camp in Italy, Risiera di San Sabba, is located in Trieste. The city offers many well documented opportunities to learn about this fascinating aspect of its history.

The programme

The journey to discover the history and traditions of the Jewish community starts in Piazza Unità d’Italia and continues in the area of the old Jewish ghetto, full of antique and second-hand shops.
From here, the visit continues at the “Carlo and Vera Wagner” Museum of the Jewish Community, which holds Jewish ritual objects of art, documents and books that record Jewish life in Trieste and is one of the most important Jewish heritage collections in Italy.
After the visit, you will walk to Via San Nicolò to see the Libreria Antiquaria (Antique Bookshop), once managed by poet and novelist Umberto Saba, whose shelves still house many rare and precious books.
You will walk past the historical Patisserie “La Bomboniera”, founded by the Jewish-Hungarian Eppinger family. The tour ends at Trieste’s Synagogue, built at the beginning of the 20th century, an imposing building that still has significant importance across Europe.

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Trieste, l’ex ghetto ebraico

Note

The visits to the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum cannot be arranged on Fridays and Saturdays, nor during religious festivals.

On request, the guided tour can also include the Jewish Cemetery, where members of Trieste’s most influential Jewish families are buried, and Risiera di San Sabba, the only extermination camp in Italy.

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