Jewish Apulia: Discovering Southern Italy’s Jewish Heritage
July 8-July 16, 2019
September 23-October 1, 2019
Thanks of its geographic position and the presence of Brindisi, Otranto, Bari, Trani and Barletta ports, Puglia has been a transit point for many Jewish exiles – most heading to Israel. This crossing point therefore made of Puglia a privileged region for the Western Europe diaspora. On this guided tour, you will be taken on a journey through Jewish history in Puglia and Basilicata. You will be taken on a historic walking tour of the Jewish Museum in Lecce, set inside a historical palace in which traces of its Jewish past (such as a few mikvot and a mezuzah) still remain. In Trani, Oria and Nardò, which hosted the most prominent Jewish communities in Southeastern Italy, our local guides will highlight unique history of Jewish settlers in this region. Trip highlights include local food making and tasting, Matera’s meandering stone streets and seaside views of the Mediterranean.