Great Synagogue of Florence Tours

With its massive dome patterned in colorful designs, the Great Synagogue is an architectural marvel and significant synagogue of Italy. Historically Florence has always had a small Jewish community, with the first synagogue dating back to the 13th century. The Great Synagogue, however, was constructed from 1874 to 1882 financed by a local Jewish citizen who sought out to create a synagogue with beauty that would rival the other structures of Florence. Today it is still one of the largest in Europe. There is also a small Jewish museum with relics on display.

The synagogue features influences from both Italian and Islamic traditions. Its oxidized bright green copper roof makes the dome stand out in the city skyline. The interior features striking alternating layers of granite and travertine, with three large arches framing the entrance. Many draw comparisons in style to the Hagia Sofia of Istanbul. Its marble floors, mosaics, hand painted walls, and stained glass windows make this a beautiful space to behold.

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You can find the Great Synagogue of Florence at Via Luigi Carlo Farini 6. With an admission price of €5, it is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. Cameras are not permitted inside.
Address: Via Luigi Carlo Farini 6, Florence 50121, Italy
Admission: €5
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Photography Bike Tour of Florence

Get to know the Historic Centre of Florence — and photograph some of its breathtaking highlights — on this guided, 2-hour bike and photography tour. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and see some of its most iconic sites, like the Florence Cathedral, the National Archaeological Museum, the Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of Innocents) and much more. Learn how to create amazing images with the help of a professional photographer in a small-group setting. Bike rental, helmet and padlock, plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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