The undiscovered Italy

9 days/8 nights

The undiscovered Italy

9 days/8 nights

The programme

Arrival at Milano Airport and transfer to the city centre. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Milano.

Breakfast. Transfer to Parma, a town with Etruscan origins, where the Jewish Community returned in 1866 after a two-century absence. Before arriving in Parma, a stop in the small town of Soragna for a visit to the “Fausto Levi” Jewish Museum and the Synagogue. Arrival in Parma and visit to the Biblioteca Palatina (Palatine Library), home of the largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts in Italy, and the second largest in the world after the Bodleian library in Oxford. After the visit, transfer to a “Parmigiano Reggiano” production facility for a cheese tasting experience. Overnight in Parma. Light lunch included.

Breakfast. Transfer to Carpi and guided tour of the town, the Fossoli deportation camp and the interesting Monument to the Deportees. Transfer to Modena, where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, guided tour of Modena, including the Jewish Ghetto and the renowned Estense Library, which features a collection of illuminated Jewish manuscripts. Transfer to Nonantola, to see the famous Villa Emma, where over 100 young Jewish boys were hidden and saved during the Second World War. Transfer to Bologna. Dinner. Overnight in Bologna. Lunch in Modena. Dinner in Bologna.

Breakfast. Meet with your tourist guide for the visit of the Jewish ghetto and Museum. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Synagogue for Friday night service. Kosher group Shabbat dinner and meeting with a member of the Jewish community. Kosher Shabbat dinner. Overnight in Bologna.

Morning at leisure, with the possibility to choose between a visit to the synagogue or a walk downtown. Optional lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, classic tour of the town which includes The Archiginnasio and the Anatomy Theatre. Located in an elegant 16th-century building, the Archiginnasio was built as the first seat of the University of Bologna, Europe’s oldest University. On the first floor, you will see the impressive Anatomy Theatre where corpses were sectioned during medicine and anatomy lessons.
Overnight in Bologna

Transfer to Ferrara
Guided tour of the city: you will see the Jewish quarter with its unique streets and buildings. Afternoon transfer to Abano Terme. Afternoon at leisure in Abano Terme.
Overnight in Abano Terme. Dinner in Abano.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Padua. The city is famous as a centre of Talmudic studies and has had a continuous Jewish presence since the 11th century. Padua was the only university city in Europe to accept Jewish students in the school of medicine way back in the 15th century. Lunch in Padua. The visit to city centre will focus on the Jewish sites and the famous Scrovegni Chapel, with the cycle of frescoes produced by Giotto. Transfer to Trieste. Evening and dinner at leisure in Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

Breakfast. Visit to the Jewish sites of Trieste, including the monumental synagogue. Lunch at a traditional restaurant in the city centre. In the afternoon, visit to the Jewish cemetery and to “Risiera di San Sabba”, the only Nazi extermination camp in Italy. Rest of the afternoon at leisure in Trieste. Celebration Dinner in Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Trieste or Venice airport.

Breakfast. Transfer by train to Venice.
Check-in in at the hotel. Meet with local guide to explore this unique city, built on 120 islands connected by over 240 bridges. During the visit, you will admire Venice masterpieces of Italian Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture: Ca d’Oro (the Golden House), St. Marks’ Square, Palazzo Ducale, Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), the San Marco Byzantine Basilica and Ponte del Rialto. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast. The visit to enchanting Venice continues to discover its Jewish heritage. Venice is the city in which the word “ghetto” was used for the first time (it comes from the Venetian word “geto” that indicated the foundry where the ghetto was situated). You will see unique synagogues built inside private houses as well as the artistic heritage that this city on the water has preserved for many centuries. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Venice by private boat.

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