Join this curious itinerary through the places where the Jewish community preserves its memory and traditions. Discover Bologna off the beaten path with a local expert guide.
What to Expect
The Jewish community in Bologna was founded in 1911 and at the end of the Second World War in 1945 was reorganized. Our route starts from Piazza Malpighi, next to the old synagogue built in 1953 (visits on request and with the consent of the community). During the tour in the historic center of Bologna, you will also admire Piazza Maggiore and its famous sites: the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio.
In the Piazza Santo Stefano, you can see the Sforno house owned by one of the oldest Jewish families in the city. Continue discovering the old Ghetto, Via dei Giudei, Via Inferno, Alley Herd, Palazzo Bocchi until you reach the two medieval towers. With the papal bull of 1555 most of the Jewish families of Bologna, as well as in the rest of the Papal States were isolated in special quarters in their respective cities with various restrictions of their civil rights.
Finally, visit the Jewish Museum opened in 1999. The multi-media exhibition takes you on a 4,000 year discovery of Jewish history with a particular focus on the community of Bologna and Emilia Romagna from the Middle Ages. At lunch (upon request), enjoy a true kosher meal...
What's Not Included
- Jewish Museum entrance: full 4.00 euros; reduction 2.00 euros for students under 25 and senior citizens over 65; free disabled visitors
- Kosher Lunch (upon request)