Pitigliano is also known as the “Little Jerusalem”, starting from the sixteenth in fact it welcomed a large Jewish community coming from the Papal States, following the restrictions imposed by the Papal Bulls of 1555 and 1569.
In Pitigliano the Jewish community lived a perfect integration, in harmony with the locals, so much so that they wanted to build their own sacred places and places of worship, the Jewish Ghetto, with the unleavened oven, the kosher butcher, the ritual bath and the Synagogue .
Even today these places are preserved and valued, it is possible to access them along the streets of the ancient Jewish Ghetto.
The Synagogue is certainly the most symbolic and important sacred building, it was built in 1598, it is accessed through an arched portal that leads to a courtyard, on the door, you can read a sacred inscription:
“And let them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them. Open the doors of justice for me. This is the door [that leads] to the Lord.”
Inside the temple there are furnishings that largely date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Over the centuries, the religious building has been restored on various occasions, in 1756, in 1835, when the façade was enriched with Rococo stucco, in 1931 and finally in 1995, by the Municipality of Pitigliano: the latter restoration made it possible to completely recover the place of worship and bring it back to its former glory.
The Synagogue and the adjacent museum can be visited every day (except Saturdays).
Director: Elena Servi
Info and reservations: 0564614230 3281907173
OPENING TIME :
From April to September: from 10am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 6pm
From October to March: from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
€ 5.00 full – € 4.00 reduced
SOME REVIEWS OF THE JEWISH GHETTO OF PITIGLIANO
The visit of this place was very interesting and made us discover things that we did not know, for those who visit Pitigliano a visit is a must …
Interesting museum in Pitigliano
Interesting Jewish museum in the historic center of Pitigliano. It has 6/7 rooms + Synagogue. It is a real former ghetto recovered with extensive restoration work …
In the center of Pitigliano there is the ancient Jewish ghetto with the Synagogue, when you walk through those streets it is like going back in time, an extraordinary experience.
“A jump into the past”
Walking through the alleys you suddenly come across some signs with Hebrew writings and, approaching you, you can see the entrance to the ghetto and the synagogue with the attached museum …
A gem within a gem. Small ghetto of great historical and social significance of the time. A must-see museum for young and old. Recommended