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Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Florence

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One of the largest synagogues in Europe, Synagogue and Jewish Museum was built between 1874 and 1882, just after the emancipation of the Italian Jews in 1861. Unique in its Moorish style, the cupola, which is covered in green copper, stands out in the skyline of the city. Inside, walk through the filtered light that passes through the stained-glass windows, and admire the murals that grace the walls. Visit the museum, which holds many objects and photos documenting the history of Florence's Jewish community. Guided tours are available, but make sure to reserve ahead of time. To visit Synagogue and Jewish Museum and get the most from your holiday in Florence, create itinerary details personal to you using our Florence travel itinerary planner.
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  • We planned on visiting this beautiful synagogue in a very untouristry part of Florence, and it did not disapoint. Beautifu outside and inside and very inspirational. Also went to the small upstairs mu...  more »
  • This synagogue is so beautiful and rich with history. We prayed here on Shabbat and really loved it. You can visit the museum area which is not great but is informative. They have a very nice museum s...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful and unique synagogues I have seen. You should also see the exhibition in the museum and learn about Jewish culture  more »
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  • This synagogue is just amazing! They also organize aperitivos with live music in the beautiful garden in front of it, with delicious jewish food! I highly suggest to go for the guided tour! Security checks are long so do come a little bit earlier than planned!
  • I am not Jewish but I was always interested in seeing a synagogue inside. I visited this one some time ago and they were very welcoming and I had the opportunity to learn more about Jewish people and religion. Visit it if you are someone with curiosity for religious and culture.
  • Intresting and impressive structure with a rich history, although we can argue about the origin of the architecture but this is part of the story. 8€ No bags and cameras/phone
  • A Jewish museum with great architecture and history
  • One of the most impressive synagogues in the world.