The first Jews settled in 1145. Under the Gonzagas the community grew to reach 3,000 and it constituted about 7. 5 percent of the population of Mantua ( Mantova ) in 1610 and was never banned from the city.
20 participants maximum
Service with guide
With the guided tour you will learn about the Gonzagas and their relationship with the Jews, discover where the old Ghetto, built in 1612, was, see the facade of the 17th rabby’s house. Of the 12 sinagogues of the ghetto only the Norsa synagogue has survived. Synagogue visit must be reserved. According to the opening times it is also possible to visit the old Jewish cemetery, still used by the community.
The synagogue Norsa is open from Monday to Friday from 9 to 11. Reservation for the visit is required
Jewish cemetery is about 1, 5 km far from the city centre. Car or taxi are needed for moving up to there.
Tour Highlights: Rigoletto’s house, Sordello Broletto and Delle Erbe squares, some streets of the old ghetto (Via Giustiziani where the ghetto square was, Via Bertani with the 17th Rabbi’s house, via Scuola Grande where two synagogues stood, Via Portoni where one of the 7 ghetto gates was. Saint Andrews Basilica where there is a painting of the virgin Mary paid by the Jewish family Norsa, the family Norsa is represented in the painting. The former church Santa Maria della Vittoria the church together with the painting painted by Mantegna, now at the Louvre museum, were paid by the Jewish family Norsa. The beautiful *synagogue Morsa-Torrazzo and the Jewish **cemetery
The synagogue Norsa-Torrazzo, now national monument, is open from Monday to friday from 9 to 11. Reservation for the visit is required
Jewish cemetery is about 1, 5 km far from the city centre. Car or taxi are needed for moving up to there
The tour includes:
The tour price includes only:
- 3,00 hour guided tour
The tour does not include:
Car or Taxi for the visit of the Jewish Synagogue as it is 1,5 Km from the city centre
As the Jewish community of Mantua is a very tiny one an offer for the Synagogue maintenaice is always well appreciated