Travelers who are dreaming of visiting Tuscany can make their dreams come true with the offers introduced by TuscanyTourAdvisor one of the leading tour operators for Tuscany.TuscanTourAdvisor an expert tour operators team based in Cortona,Tuscany. Since 2006, we are offering packages at low prices along with all of the other activities. There will be tour operators to help the guests and schedule their tours. The packages include food, accommodations in a luxurious medieval suites villa called “La Mucchia casa vacanze”, traveling in comfortable coaches and sightseeing,museum tickets, guided tours, activities, tutors, lectures.
TuscanyTourAdvisor is offering a wide range of choices for the travelers to select from. There are 7 to 12 day trips with special packages especially designed for senior citizens.We are experts in the tour field and owners of La Mucchia casa vacanze, a luxurious suites Farmhouse Hotel in the Chiana Valley near the hill town of cortona, in Tuscany, Italy.
La Mucchia casa vacanze, is a resort of spacious luxury suites in a medieval farmhouse, with terraces and hill views from almost every room. The resort has the ultimate luxury and simplicity, where one can relax. Visitors can take pleasure in not only the charm and peacefulness of the resort, but additionally in all the attractions Tuscanyhas to offer. A mixture of a peaceful environment, and the related activities and adventures supplied by the resort present the right balance for a calming and fun vacation. There is no Tuscany vacation getaway better for Senior Citizens than La Mucchia casa vacanze.
La Mucchia Casa Vacanze & Art Gallery is located in Tuscany, an area of great historical and artistic interest. The Tuscany vacation house is situated at the foot of Cortona, an ancient Etruscan town, founded by the residents of Umbria about 3,000 years ago. The farmhouse suites hotel is currently divided into eight luxurious suites, Tuscan style, surrounded by 7,000 square meters of land used for lawn, gardens, olive trees and other services and features. Some of these include parking, a children’s play area, a splendid swimming pool surrounded by nature and history, and sun terraces with views of Cortona.
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Hidden in the city that all the world knows and loves is another Florence: a Jewish Florence!
What was life like for Jewish people in Florence when Botticelli painted the “Primavera”? Or at Galileo’s time? And what is life like for Jews in Florence, today?
Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld, a native historian of Florentine architecture and licensed tourist guide, specializes in tours of Florence from a Jewish perspective. She makes Jewish history come alive through her knowledge, stories and by actually taking you to the places where Jewish history was made and is still alive. You will have an insider’s view of a Jewish Florence not found in guidebooks.
Giovanna is the author of the map and text of “Jewish itinerary in Florence” on behalf of the local Jewish Community, printed by APT (Florence Tourist Office). She collaborated to both editions of “The complete Italy Jewish Guide” by Meyer Piha for Florence and Tuscany chapter for which she designed the map of “Jewish Sites and Utilities in Florence”.
You can read more about our “Jewish Florence Tours” in this article on World Jewish Digest of January 2008.
Monte San Savino, Solomon Fiorentino and me.
Yesterday, September 6, there was the 9th international day for Jewish Culture in Europe. An Italian friend, knowing of my Jewish roots, since we worked together for some years in the restoration of my farmhouse hotel “La Mucchia” in Cortona, called me, saying that there is congregation near “Teatro Verdi” in the small town of Monte san Savino, which might be of interest to me.
Me together with my wife and son, put our steps to the small theatre in via Salomon Fiorentino. We didn’t imagine ourselves what portion of history we are going to meet up.
At 10 o’clock there was concert and then presentation of the Mayor Silvano Materazzi and introduction by Jack Arbib, we soon will come back to Signor Arbib, but first let me tell you who was Salomon Fiorentino: Born in Monte San Savino, district of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy in 1743 and died in Florence in 1815, writer and poet, wrote the “suicide of Neera” and various poems .The first Jewish culture in Tuscany.
Then we went to the Synagogue. which is a very peculiar building. It has been restored various times and is located in a street now named after Salomon Fiorentino. It tells of the lasting influence of the Jewish community in Tuscany. The most ancient parts of the Synagogue date back to restorations carried out in 1729-32.
At Monte San Savino Jews were present in two distinct periods:
1421 to 1571, with banks lending pledge: 1627 to 1799, again with a bank loan on pledge, but also with a community itself.
The Jewish pawn shops are spread throughout central and northern Italy, from the fourteenth century. Practices affect smaller than those used previously, Christians from providers, and are more easily controlled by the authorities, which stipulate, to this end with the holders of the bank, real contracts renewable every five to ten years.
The most important period of stay of the Jews in Monte San Savino is the second. In 1627 the Marquis Bertoldo Orsini authorizing the establishment of a bench in the town of loan, which they hold Passigli Ferrante, jew from Florence, and some of its members.
The dealer, as such, will last until the end of the seventeenth century, but from the beginning was created a seed of a small community with its own order, its synagogue and its cemetery.
This formed a ghetto Savinese in a street parallel to the current course Sangallo. The road was called the Village Synagogue (just because there was placed the Jewish temple, which still exists, although much deteriorated) and, in our times, that of Solomon Fiorentino, on the recommendation of the city administration who wanted to remember and honour so what is considered the first poet of Jewish origin appearing in the history of Italian literature (he was born in Monte San Savino in 1743).
The number of Jews present in the town vary much over time but, ultimately, growing from 50 in the mid-seventeenth century to more than 130 years of 1798-99 (between 3 and 4% of the global population). Their life is not always easy. Especially between the mid-seventeenth to mid eighteenth century (the age of the Counter-Reformation), are made subject to a variety of oppressive measures that are reduced greatly when the Grand Ducal throne halls the enlightened Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine (1765-1790) and disappear with the French Revolution that, everywhere, is the Jewish citizens like everyone else.
Just reached the emancipation of the Jews drew the reaction of peasants belonging to the movement Sanfedists of “Viva Maria”, which starts from Arezzo and is spreading throughout Tuscany. In the summer of 1799 Savinesi Jews are attacked by the population and driven out of town, where they will not return. Some of them will be victims of a real pogrom, which occurred in Siena, where they had sought refuge, 28 June 1799.
In 1994-95, the town council of Monte San Savino, with the help of the Jewish communities of Florence and Rome, organized a documentary exhibition of the Jewish presence in the country and awarded honorary citizenship to prof. Elio Toaff, chief rabbi of Rome, whose family is originally from Monte San Savino.
With the occasion was also published, provided by the Municipality, the “Notebook Savinese III, The Jews in Monte San Savino” (illustrated), which reconstructs the history and culture of this small but significant Jewish community in Tuscany.
Coming back to our meeting in the synagogue, there was an exhibition of old “Ketubas” (Jewish traditional marriage agreement) and it was held by the initiative of Jack Arbib and Jean Mimun, the organizers and revivals of the memory to the San Savino Jewry.
At late noon, all of the guests walked about one kilometre from the synagogue to the Jewish cemetery in Monte San Savino, it was hard to arrive there, since it is hidden just in the back of the Christian cemetery but deep in the woods between olive trees, and road that goes downhill.
We have seen some very clear Hebrew writings on the tombstones they looked very old and broken, the authorities invested money in restoration of the cemetery and the memory day ended by saying a “kadish” prayer and lighting candles.
Monte san savino
Hebrew posters with Jewish poems
The museum with ceramic art works exhibition
some of Zulimo’s artworks
At the Synagogue, old “Ketuba” exhibition
The synagogue in via Solomon Fiorentino, Monte san savino
The way to the old Jewish cemetery
“Kadish” prayer in the Jewish cemetery
The old gravestone with Heebrew letters
recently restored hidden in the dust, the old gravestons of Tuscany Jews
Cortona, winter 2007, piazza della repubblica – 100×100 cm oil, by Rosana krolik (sold)
Cortona roofs, 2007 oil on canvas 80×80 cm painted by Andrei Popescu, for sale in the Galleria d’arte La Mucchia, Cortona.
Winter 2007, typical Tuscan winter views, Edita Kowalska oil on canvas, 80×120 cm. for sale at La Mucchia galleria d’arte, Cortona.
Oil on canvas 100×100 cm . Edyta Kowalska, Tuscan farm 2007, for sale at the La Mucchia galleria d’arte, Cortona
Oil on canvas 80×120 cm Sunflowers in Tuscany, 2007 by Beryl, for sale.