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A Little Jewel

This hidden jewel...beautiful, spiritual and extraordinary. The history of the Jews of Siena is... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
San Francisco
A very worthwhile experience right outside the square

It's emotionally difficult to visit Jewish sites in Europe. Undoubtably one faces the harsh truth... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

This hidden jewel...beautiful, spiritual and extraordinary. The history of the Jews of Siena is different from the history of the Jews of Rome and other city states of early Italy. It was fascinating and a great learning experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RandJSanFrancisco
Reviewed 8 August 2018

It's emotionally difficult to visit Jewish sites in Europe. Undoubtably one faces the harsh truth of a community nearly brought to extinction by the Nazi. A once thriving community, no longer. But in Sienna, the guide made the experience colorful and hopeful amidst the sad...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

We did not expect much, as this synagogue does not advertise itself anywhere. However, we were enchanted by the inside settings, the tour lady and fascinating history behind the building and Siena overall. This place is a nice break from Palio di Siena talk which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SanFran111
Reviewed 20 July 2018

From outside you wouldn't think that is is worth to step in. But when you ar in you will love this place. Specifically if you are Jewish as you get a very detailed explanation about the history of the Jews in Siena.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 545medva
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Beautiful and meaningful synagogue. As an American Jew, learning about the history of the Jewish community of Siena was incredibly meaningful and inspiring, and how this small but ancient community continues to exist and live in the city today. Lucia gave me a wonderful private...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank davek1409
Reviewed 4 June 2018

The outside building of the synagogue blends in with the surrounding buildings and is non-descript. When you walk in the sanctuary it is beautiful and well maintained. There is a sign on the front tour that there are tours every half hour and a woman...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank glenside
Reviewed 7 May 2018

My husband and I were the only ones on the tour. The young lady who showed us around and gave us the history of the Synagogue was excellent!! She knew all of the Hebrew names for the Ark and the other items there. I was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank JRP226
Reviewed 29 April 2018

We had a lovely young woman give us a nice talk about the Synagogue - current operation and history. They are very small - limited hours/days for tours but I believe they can schedule if needed. More modest of course than the Synagogues in Florence...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank RandiFayeC
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

This present synagogue designed by Zanobi del Rosso in 1786 has an unobtrusive exterior, quite plain, and is unnoticeable/ unremarkable.....But inside is an exquisitely painted and decorated synagogue with beautiful bible verses illuminated in carved gold letters with deep blue backgrounds. The double height walls...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank marcopolopaloalto
Reviewed 26 August 2017

It was so interesting seeing this small but lovely synagogue. It's locked, with a hand written sign posted as to when it will open for the next tour. If you come to the door at that time you can get in. When we went there...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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