The guide will meet you at your hotel in Palermo.
Our tour starts in the historical centre of the city,
walking through the narrow streets of the Jewish
quarter and its fascinating remains.
The oldest documentation of the existance
of a Jewish quarter is contained in a report
by the merchant-travelers Ibn Hawqal who arrived in
Palermo from Baghdad in 972 during the Arabic domination
Benjamin of Tudela who visited the island in 1170, reports
having found 200 jews in Messina and1500 in Palermo.
By the time of 1266 King Charles
of Anjou encouraged merchants and bankers from abroad
to come to Sicily as away to raise revenue.
He felt that they were more energetic than the Sicilians.
Our guided tour will start in the historical centre
of the city, walking through the narrow streets
of the Jewish quarter and its fascinating remains
with a visit to the site of the Synagogue and with the
help of some descriptions made by Jewish mediaeval travellers,
we will discover the biggest Jewish community of the
Later, after lunch in an authentic Sicilian restaurant,
we walk to the Duomo and the imposing building
of the Norman Palace where your
lecture-guide introduces a deeper understanding
of the social intercourse between Jews, religious
power and political power.
The tour ends in the splendid Norman royal palace
of the Zisa, built in Norman Arab style, that still
holds a Hebrew inscription and a Jewish
Our specialist Moshe
Ben Simon and his team
will be available for the visits of Jewish Siracusa,
Jewish Catania and Jewish Messina according to
travellers needs and time at their disposal.
The tour is for a party of max 15 people;
it includes private car transfers and fluent English
*meals not included in the
Minivan and Minibus available on request
Please, contact us for questions
and price estimates.