Jewish delicacies (and kosher ones) at a bakery in Venice, Jewish Italy, Italy, Italy (Photo by SpirosK photography)
Jewish delicacies (and kosher ones) at a bakery in Venice

A travel guide to Jewish Italy, from kosher restaurants and hotels in Rome, Florence, and Venice to historic synagogues and other jewish sights in Italy, as well as Jewish tours, schuls, mikvahs, and more

Italy is home to Europe's oldest Jewish population, in Rome (started by early immigrants back when ancient Judea was part of the Roman Empire).

I promise to put more info here soon. In the meantime, you can find much more about Jewish life and history in Italy at the sites in the "Links" section.

Keeping Kosher in Italy

The Italian word for "kosher" is "lecito" (which just means "legal" or "allowed by law")—though often the classic Kàsher (often spelled cascer) is used as well.

All of Italy's major cities all have at least one Kosher restaurant, and often several Kosher/Jewish bakeries, butchers, and food shop.

Same goes for kosher hotels.

 

Jewish sights and kosher restaurants & hotels in Italy

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A menorah in the window of a venue catering to Jewish tourists in the former Ghetto in Venice (Photo by Giovanni Dall'Orto)
The Jewish Ghetto
Venice: Cannaregio

The world's first ghetto was the walled quarter Venice created for its Jews in the 16th century

 
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 (Photo by MM)
Roseto Comunale
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A hidden Aventine rose garden overlooking the Circus Maximus

 
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 (Photo by Deror avi)

Home to the Jewish community of Florence

 
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Via del Portico d'Ottavia, the "main street" of Rome's medieval Jewish neighborhood (Photo by Palickap)
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Jewish ghetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

The medieval Jewish neighborhood of Rome

 
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 (Photo by Txllxt TxllxT)
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Piazza della Repubblica
Florence: Centro Storico

Elegant 19th century cafes and modern bookshops on an expansive square

 

Where to stay Kosher (Kashèr) in Rome, Italy

 
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Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
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Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
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Angelotti

Where to eat and shop Kosher (Kashèr) in Rome, Italy

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
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Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
A menorah in the window of a venue catering to Jewish tourists in the former Ghetto in Venice

Where to eat and shop Kosher (Kashèr, or lecito in Italian) in Venice