SYNAGOGUE OF FLORENCE
"Throughout the centuries the development of Jewish art was always closely linked to the events and wanderings of its people on the one hand, and to tradition and the religion itself on the other. These two factors have always influenced artistic expression … even though the synagogue was the only architectural manifestation for the Jewish people was the synagogue” (U. Fortis, Jews and Synagogues).
Visit the Synagogue
Museum opening hours
June to September:
Monday to Thursday 10.00 am – 6.30 pm | Friday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
October to May:
Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm | Friday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Last tickets sold 45 minutes before closing time
The Synagogue and Museum are closed to visitors on Saturday and on Jewish holidays.
Full price: 6,50 euro
Concessions: 5 euro
Children aged 6 to 14; students aged 15 to 26; journalists; groups with a reservation; holders of tickets to the Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Siena or to the Jewish Museum of Venice.
Proof of identity is required and must be displayed
Free of charge
Children up to 6 years of age; handicapped visitors and their caregivers; holders of a valid Firenze Card; group leaders: 2 teachers for every 20 students; 1 leader for every group of 20 adults.
Advance booking fee € 1.00
The exterior, divided into three parts in both length and width, is clad in white and pink stone. The three main doors are surmounted by Moresque arches. The prayer hall, or sanctuary, is square with two lateral naves and an apse at the back, where the Aron Hakodesh, decorated with Venetian style mosaics, is located. The walls are decorated with Moorish arabesques highlighted with gold, and geometric patterns, by the painter Giovanni Panti. The central dome (47 metres on the outside and 34 on the inside), is situated directly above the intersection of the two wings.
The dome is divided into sections; wooden grilles protect the windows and the central opening that lets light into the room.
The pews, the podium, the pulpit, and the bronze lamps were all designed together and were made by leading Florentine craftsmen.
The synagogue is considered one of the most beautiful buildings erected in nineteenth century Italy.
The decorations and the architecture itself were inspired by Italian and foreign models, so that the Florence synagogue, in addition to being an extraordinary living testimony to the history of the Jews of Florence, is also a perfect example of European innovations in art and architecture of the period.