Built in 1598, the Synagogue is at the heart of the Jewish Ghetto.
Unfortunately the structure was damaged during the bombings of WWII, and has only been recently restored thanks to loan from
Pitigliano‘s town council.
Those who rebuilt it were careful to respect the original design and it remains aesthetically as it was in the 16th century.
The Synagogue sits in a small and well kept courtyard. Above its front door is an inscription that reads:
And make for me a Sanctuary and I will dwell among them. Open for me the doors of justice. This is the door [that leads] to the Lord.
Inside, much of the dark timber furnishings date back to between the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Synagogue is sometimes still used for services and other religious events and even hosts a wedding now or then, but it’s primarily open as a tourist attraction.
At the centre of the Synagogue is the Tevà, a striking wooden altar. Above is an artwork known as the ‘Sacred Art of the Covenant (Aròn)’.
A number of the Synagogue’s rooms are dedicated to the
a beautiful museum displaying Hebrew religious artworks. Museo della cultura Ebraica –
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, Sunday: 10am-12.30pm and 3pm-5.30pm (open till 7pm in Summer)
Price: €3 for adults, but also includes the museum and all the other sights in the ghetto.