Meeting point: Rome Airport Hilton Hotel:
Shacharit 07.30, kosher breakfast 08.00, depart 09.00
There are flights that arrive early from NY and TLV early morning, but please see note below re arriving the day before
Pitigliano: "little Jerusalem"
This striking cliff-top village was until the 1930's home to a small thriving Jewish community – we'll visit the former ghetto with its synagogue and museum. Then on to......
Villa Le Calvane
Arriving Friday will enable us both to recover from the journey and to experience that special Tuscan calm so suitable for a spiritually uplifting Shabbat.
We’ll see the Statue of David, the cathedral (duomo), Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio and visit the famous synagogue
After lunch in town, there’s time to follow your personal preferences in Florence.
If you wish to visit the Uffizi Gallery you should pre-book. Otherwise you can explore this gorgeous city in greater depth according to your interests, visiting palaces, museums and galleries, the leather market and stores.
After dinner back in the Villa…. we’re off to…..
No trip would be complete without seeing the tower – at night the day-trippers and souvenir vendors are gone; Jewish Pisa is also featured – surprise!!!!
In this medieval mountain top village where time has stood still for hundreds of years you’ll climb the winding narrow streets to the duomo at the top of the village to breathe the clean air and enjoy the 360º panorama
Lucca is famous for its aristocratic villas.
This is one of the most interesting as we'll be able to tour both inside the villa and tour the gardens. We’ll also get a glimpse of the life of the once-wealthy!!
You’ll feel 16 when you bike on the wide walls and thru the town; take a stroll thru 99 piazzas or just people-watch in “our” café where the “tab” is always open for our guests and the ice cream is kosher – please be back for Shabbat!!
And an hour of Puccini will put us in the mood …. for dinner back in the Villa
We’ll visit the famous Piazza del Campo, home of the Palio horse race, the beautiful synagogue, and, if we are lucky, meet one of the community's leaders; there is time to wander around this iconic bustling ancient city
Agriturismo & Kosher Winery
You must visit an Agriturismo – a uniquely Italian concept. This one is home to a winery which is kosher in its entirety: Terra di Seta. After a wine-tasting aperitif we’ll enjoy our lunch while looking out over the gorgeous view
San Gimignano – the Manhattan of Tuscany:
Photo: Eugene Weisberg
Take your choice - to explore the famous city of towers , climb to the top for the incredible views of the rolling Tuscan countryside, visit the stores, enjoy a coffee, take lots of photos……..
Forte dei Marmi
Tuscany’s most elegant seaside resort and a great weekly country textile market.
Hike the Cinque Terre
For years one of the highlights of this tour – a 2-hour challenging hike overlooking the sea. A bus and a train will bring us to Corniglia where we start, hiking to Vernazza and then taking a train back.
Photo: Eugene Weisberg, thanks!
After breakfast, we’ll take you to Florence airport / station for the start of your home-bound journey. The express train to Rome is just 1.5 hours!!