Experience the flavors and sites of Tuscany and Rome with AACI! Knead dough for pasta, sample local kosher wines, feast on gourmet Italian food and tread through truffle dotted forests. Visit famous sites such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pitigliano-Little Jerusalem, and the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. .
Monday 29 June, 2020 Arrival in Florence, and enjoy welcome kosher lunch at local restaurant. Spend the afternoon touring this eternally beautiful town, including the Duomo di Firenze (from the outside) and the vibrant and exciting Piazzas and bridges of the Town. We will end our tour with a visit to the Tempio Maggiore and the Jewish Museum.
After dinner transfer to our hotel in the Chianti region.
Tuesday 30 June, 2020 Wake up to the sounds of the Tuscan countryside and enjoy a fresh kosher breakfast.
Start the morning with a pasta making class in a Tuscan farmhouse! Learn the ins and outs of this delicious trade, and make a sauce that pairs with it. You will never go back to dried pasta again!
After the class join our team of professionals (dogs!) as we truffle hunt through a local forest! We keep the truffles we’ve found.
Afternoon tour to Volterra and San Gimignano.
is a very picturesque medieval town, well preserved and known for its many beautiful towers. The road leading to the town is magical, full of great views and panoramas.
Volterra, is a town perched atop a steep hill, with amazing panoramas and rich medieval architecture. A great city to stroll around, and take in the local atmosphere.
Return to the farmhouse for dinner. Overnight in Chianti Region.
Wednesday 1 July, 2020 Start our morning with a cooking class! Learn about and prepare local fare, including antipasti, a local fish dish, and a dessert.
Visit the local olive press, and taste the newly pressed olive oil. Learn about this age old tradition which spans religions and geography. Visit the neighboring town of Lari, and tour the pasta making factory-Pastificio Famiglia Martelli. In contrast to large industrial plants, this is still a traditional artisan pasta factory. Artisan because it employs only eight persons, all members of the Martelli family. Traditional because behind each work process, from mixing and kneading to packaging, there is the skilful hand of a Master Pasta Maker.
Afternoon tour to Pisa and Lucca. One of the famous towns of Tuscany, Pisa never fails to delight. It is full of charming pedestrian streets, shops, parks and of course….the leaning tower. There is also a beautiful ancient synagogue that has just been refurbished. View the tower from the outside and enter the synagogue.
Lucca is just the right size for an afternoon visit. It’s medieval yet modern, it’s a town where one can sense history while discovering everyday Italian life.
Return for dinner to hotel.
Thursday 2 July, 2020 Bid goodbye to our home for a few nights, and continue to a kosher winery for a tour. Walk through classic Tuscan vineyards and wine cellar, and learn about this age old tradition. Taste the wines at the end along with a small kosher snack.
Drive towards Pitigliano-or little Jerusalem. It’s easy to get lost in the magic and charm of Pitigliano while strolling through the ancient, narrow streets, especially in the famous Jewish ghetto. The spectacular village is known as a “Little Jerusalem” for its large and active Jewish community that has been around since the 15th century. Today, after lengthy restoration efforts, the Synagogue has reopened to visitors. Visit this wonder and you’ll have a chance to see the Jewish Cemetery, the oven used to bake unleavened bread, an underground tuff cellar for producing kosher wine, an old butcher’s shop, mikva and the tintoria, the room used to dye fabrics.
Overnight and dinner in Rome.
Friday 3 July, 2020 Breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy a full day out and about in Rome. In the morning start off with a tour of the Forum and Colosseum. The Colosseum is the largest structure left to us by Roman antiquity. It was created by the architects of Emperors Vespasian and his son Titus, who wished to satisfy the appetite of the Roman populace for circuses (games). The building was begun on the site of a colossal gilt bronze statue of Nero (hence the name Colosseum).
The Roman Forum was ancient Rome’s showpiece center, a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces. The site, originally a marshy burial ground, was first developed in the 7th century BC, growing over time to become the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman empire.
Afternoon visit to the Jewish Ghetto, for a guided tour of the Synagogue and Jewish Museum.
Return to Hotel to Prepare for Shabbat.
Tefillah and Dinner in Rome
Shabbat 4 July, 2020 Enjoy a restful morning of tefillah and delicious Shabbat lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Rome.
Evening Seudah Shlishit.
Sunday 5 July, 2020 Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to the Villa D’Este Tivolo. Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. The Villa d’Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie , was an early model for the development of European gardens.
Later in the evening, enjoy a Roman cooking class! This hands on class will give us some more experience with the Roman Jewish cooking for our last few hours in Italy.
Transfer to airport for evening flight home.
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Itinerary subject to change; the order of visits may be altered due to weather and time restrictions.
Price: AACI members €3950 per person in a double room Currency Converter Non-AACI member €4025 Euro per person in a double room Single supplement €550 / €450 credit for not flying with group
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6 nights hotels
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Kosher Breakfast, lunch and dinner
2 cooking classes
Pasts Making Class
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