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“Interesting and unusual”

Antico Ghetto e Sinagoga Pitigliano
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Pitigliano
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The Museo Ebraico that inhabits the old synagogue is a rare opportunity to explore how the Jewish community lived in Italy. The fact that functional rooms, the dye room, the wine cellar and the butchery are preserved is priceless and I haven't seen another example like it from this time period. A little more interpretative material would be helpful, but it's still an interesting and informative site. Just outside the Museo there is a small shop that sells the Little Gerusalem wine (not great, but proceeds support the attraction) and a tasty variation on charoset called sfratti (the exiled), basically a fruit and nut paste wrapped in a cookie-like pastry. Make sure to try it!

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

For whoever is interested in Jewish history, this part of town is a definite must see. It sheds light on how the Jewish community lived in this part of Italy.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Italian jewish history is not widely covered while visiting typical tour destinations. Pitigliano is an exception. We've heard about the city's nickname "Little Jerusalem" and expected to find some type of jewish community in the city. It was a complete surprise to learn that there are only 2 people left (if at all). Despite that the Synagogue has been lovingly restored and the museum provides a great overview of the past generations as well as jewish customs and traditions. The caves (some attribute them to Etruscan times) were used for religious ceremonies, making of matzo, meat preparation according to kosher rules, etc. The place is small but there are little brochures provided with the paid (small) entrance fee.
Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The Jewish museum, although small, is extremely interesting and tells the story of this little town which used to be called "Little Jerusalem" as at one point 25% of the population was Jewish! Today there is just one Jewish woman left in her 80s. The story of the Jewish population here is fascinating as is a visit to the Synagogue inside the museum. There defintely lacks some explanations especially inside the Synagogue so I recommend reading up on the history before to fully benefit from the visit. What an amazing story of Jewish History there is to be learned here. Well worth the visit to this lovely attraction.
Note: Women must have their shoulders covered to enter the Synagogue.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We weren't going to visit the Maremma until we read the recommendation in our travel guide, Florence & Tuscany with Kids, which convinced us to give this less known part of Tuscany a try. What a discovery! Pitigliano itself is tiny but beautiful, and well worth a visit. The museum is interesting too, as is the rest of the town. If you want to see a different part of Tuscany, and don't mind a bit of a drive (the roads are narrow!) this is the place. We also booked a riding tour of the area, following our visit to Pitagliano, and it was wonderful.

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