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Jewish Heritage Tour in Southern Italy Rome to Calabria to Amalfi


									                                          Jewish Heritage Tour in Southern Italy
                                               Rome to Calabria to Amalfi
                                             An Exclusive 7-night Exploration of 2,000 years of History
Roma                                                               3 Dates to choose from in 2008
                                                             May 5 -12 ~ Sept. 15 - 22 ~ Oct. 15 - 22
                                                                              Our Special Guides
                                                                         Dr. Laura Supino in Rome

                                                                      Rabbi Barbara Aiello in Calabria

                               Nicastro    Introduction
          Sicily             Bova          This ground-breaking itinerary is unique in the realm of Jewish Heritage travel.
                                           It focuses on the oldest places of Jewish presence in Italy as well as the rebirth,
                                           after 500 years, of Jewish life in remote parts of Calabria the, “toe” of Italy.
                                           The tour begins with 2 days in Rome. On the 3rd day we journey down to the very
                                           “tip of the toe” of the Italian mainland then follow the fascinating trajectory of Jewish
                                           history as we make our way up to Amalfi—Italy’s most beautiful coastal region.
                                           The tour is designed for a maximum of 14 participants allowing us
                                           to provide a uniquely personalized small-group experience.
                                           We are privileged to have Laura Supino and Rabbi Barbara Aiello as
                                           our principal guides; women of impressive scholarship and stature who
                                           embody the legacy of the Jewish people in Italy. (see Bios below)
                                           This tour is an entirely unique journey through Jewish Heritage and an
                                           exploration of the Italian-Jewish experience as it has flowed through two
                                           millennia. It is also a great culinary and cultural immersion into the authentic
                                           life of Southern Italy. Throughout the tour you are in the company of local
                                           experts with an intimate knowledge and love for their native regions.
                                           Laurie Howell and Giocondo Cavaliere of “Amalfi Life” are the developers of
                                           this special program. Both are seasoned professionals and experts in high-
                                           quality tourism. The tours and services they offer have garnered years of rave
                                           reviews for their creativity, attention to detail, and access to the local life.

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                       Historical Overview
                       The Italian Jewish community is the oldest surviving minority in the
                       known world and the oldest Diaspora community in world Jewry. The
                       Jews’ first official presence on the Italian peninsula is documented to be
                       in the year 161 BCE when a delegation from Judea arrived in Rome.
                       After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the second Temple in
                       70 CE, 2,000 Hebrew slaves were carted off to Rome. What is not commonly
                       known is that all during this period and throughout the first centuries of
                       the Common Era Hebrew merchants, traders, and scholars crisscrossed the
                       Mediterranean settling all along Southern Italy’s vast coastal regions.
                       Settlements grew and it is said, “there is no corner of Italy where the Jews
                       were not”. In recent years archeologists and scholars have followed a trail of
                       evidence pointing to a vast and vibrant Jewish presence in Southern Italy from
                       ancient times to the Renaissance and in numbers that dwarf the size of the
                       entire Jewish community in Italy today. Beginning in the early 16th century
                       that presence all but disappears. But not entirely, and that’s what you will
    “We can’t stop     discover on this tour. The efforts of Laurie Howell, Laura Supino, and
                       Rabbi Barbara Aiello are bringing this long-neglected heritage to light.
talking about the      It will change your perspective on Jewish history forever.
   wonderful trip.
  It couldn’t have     Dr. Laura Supino
 been better. We
                       Laura was born in Northern Italy. Her family moved
     truly enjoyed     to Rome when she was a child and she has lived there
         ourselves.”   ever since. She is a professional architect, historian,
                       and special guide to the Museum in Rome’s Great
   Ed & Myrna W., NJ   Synagogue. She is a distinguished member of the
                       Association of Jewish Women in Italy and lectures
                       widely on issues important to European Jewry.
                       On this tour you will be the fortunate beneficiaries
                       of her lifetime of research.

                       Rabbi Barbara Aiello
                       Rabbi Barbara is the first woman rabbi to hold a
                       pulpit position in Italy. She is a first-generation
                       American whose Jewish parents were born in
                       Southern Italy; her father in a remote mountain
                       village in Calabria and her mother in Sicily. She has
                       traced her roots even further back to a small group
                       of Jewish families expelled from Sicily during the
                       Inquisition. Rabbi Barbara’s story holds the key to the
                       Jewish heritage in the southernmost regions of Italy.
                       Her research will astound you.

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Tour Highlights
■   Rome’s Great Synagogue, Jewish Quarter, and Museum
■   Jewish history in the Roman Forum
■   Hebrew Catacombs at Appia Pignatelli
■   Ostia Antica and its First century synagogue
■   Fourth century synagogue site at the “toe” of Italy
■   “Il Timpone” Jewish Quarter in Nicastro
■   WWII Concentration Camp at Ferramonti di Tarsia
■   Medieval Hebrew inscription at Salerno
■   Jewish history on the magnificent Amalfi Coast

                                                Jewish Heritage Tour
                                                   Itinerary Map


    (Overnights in orange)

                                          Amalfi Salerno
                                      Amalfi         Salerno
                                       End      End


                                                         Reggio Nicastro

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Jewish Heritage Tour
Day-by-Day Itinerary

DAy 1: Rome - The tour begins in Rome, with a beautiful lunch at the Hotel Rose
Garden Palace. For the first 2 days we will be in the hands of Dr. Laura Supino,
devoting our time to the ancient sites in and around Rome. This afternoon we will
visit Rome’s Great Synagogue, the Museo Ebraico, and the former Ghetto area. We
conclude the day with Laura’s special tour of the Forum making it come alive with
Jewish memories inextricably woven into its Roman past. Overnight in Rome

DAy 2: Rome Vicinity - Today we spend a fascinating full day on the outskirts of
Rome, starting with a private visit to the Hebrew Catacombs at Appia Pignatelli,
then visiting the awesome World War II Memorial of Fosse Ardeatine, then
moving on to the archeological site of Ostia Antica where we end the day at the
ruins of its 1st century synagogue. Overnight in Rome

DAy 3: Rome to Calabria - This morning we hop on a EuroStar Italia train and
head for Calabria. Our destination is the town of Nicastro, 80 miles from the tip-
of-the-toe of the mainland. We travel in perfect comfort through the grand and
diverse countryside of the Mediterranean coastline and arrive in early afternoon at
the hometown of Rabbi Barbara Aiello.
Later in the day we visit the old Jewish Quarter known as Timpone with Rabbi
Barbara and with Professor Vincenzo Villella of the University of Calabria.
We will see the structure that was the synagogue, existing from sometime around
the year 1000 to the 14thcentury, and also the remains of a mikveh. The Rabbi
and Professor will speak about the evidences of the all-but-lost Jewish past in a
multitude of locations in this region, and about the subtle rebirth taking place
now after 500 years. Overnight in Nicastro

DAy 4: Bova and Reggio - This morning we travel to the southernmost tip of
the mainland to visit one of the amazing discoveries of the very ancient Jewish
presence in the Mediterranean. We go by deluxe minibus from Nicastro to the
village of Bova Marina to visit the excavation-site of a 4th century synagogue.
Discovered about 20 years ago in the course of highway improvements this
thrilling find also contained a precious mosaic floor that has been reconstructed,
and which we will see, in a nearby facility. We continue to the town of Reggio
di Calabria to visit their excellent Archeological Museum to see several Jewish
artifacts from the late Roman period discovered in the region, and the wonderful
Bronze di Riaci, the 2,000 year-old Greek statues pulled up in a fisherman’s net
in 1972. Overnight in Nicastro

DAy 5: Tarsia and Amalfi - This morning, in a deluxe minibus, we start our
journey north to the legendary Amalfi Coast. Not long into our drive we will stop
at the site of the WWII Concentration Camp at Ferramonti di Tarsia, where about
4,000 Jews from Italy, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe were interred during the
war. Still standing are one of the barracks, the school building, and now a small
museum. One can even walk the railroad tracks that brought the internees into
the camp. Many fascinating stories surround the history of this camp—where

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Jewish Heritage Tour
Day-by-Day Itinerary — continued

no one died except of natural causes. We will take this opportunity to discuss
the Italian Racial Laws of 1939 and Italy’s overt and covert actions toward the
Jews during that period.
We continue traveling north through the regions of Calabria and Basilicata, to
Campania where we reach the hugely charming town of Amalfi in late afternoon.
Your hotel, the historic Luna Convento is positioned to guarantee you a picture-
perfect view over the most beautiful coastline in Europe. Overnight in Amalfi

DAy 6 & DAy 7: Amalfi Coast Region - We have much to show you in
our 2 days on the Amalfi Coast. There are unique points of Jewish history
in this region. In the Archdiocese Museum in the town of Salerno there is
a tombstone dating from the 13th century documenting the death of the
community’s rabbi. The stone was found in the zone of Salerno’s former Jewish
quarter and is the only physical remnant of a vibrant community
that existed for 500 years. The stone’s inscription is in the traditional
Hebrew format we still use today.
Not far from the village of Amalfi, in the lesser-known village of Maiori,
there is a medieval structure that has been identified as the synagogue of a small
Jewish community present there during the 13th century.
We will also enjoy an illuminating walk through the village of Amalfi with
Giocondo Cavaliere, cultural expert and native of the Amalfi Coast, to learn
about its extraordinary history and rich traditions. YES, there is Jewish Heritage
here too. It is intertwined with the founding of Amalfi’s famous handmade
paper industry that flourished in the medieval period.
We will visit the other renowned villages, of Positano and Ravello, and we’ll
treat you to a wonderful private cruise along the coastline (weather permitting)
The tour ends with a Gala Farewell Dinner on the last evening.
Day 6 Overnight in Amalfi
Day 7 Overnight in Amalfi except on Oct.21st

DAy 8: May 12 and Sept 22 depart for home. Please arrange your return
flights to depart from the Naples Airport. (If you prefer to depart from the
Rome Airport we will assist you with the proper arrangements. But Naples is
MUCH closer.)

Change in schedule for specific dates:
DAy 7 : On the tour of Oct. 15 –22 we will return to Rome for the last night of
the tour, Oct. 21st so we may be Laura Supino’s guests at the Main Synagogue
for the procession and celebration of Simchat Torah. Overnight in Rome
DAy 8 : Oct. 22, depart for home. Please arrange your return flights
to depart from the Rome Airport.

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                            General Information & Costs

                            About Meals
                            We pride ourselves on the high level of food and wine we offer. We are
                            uniquely knowledgable about the cuisine of Italy and we share this passion
                            with you by providing terrific gastronomic experiences.
                            This is not a Kosher tour. Our menus are mostly composed of kosher fish,
                            vegetarian, and dairy dishes. We also work hard to honor your special
                            requests whenever possible.

                            Summary of 7-night Itinerary
                            May 5 – 12 / Sept 15 – 22           Oct. 15 - 22
                            Rome – 2 nights                     Rome – 3 nights (first 2 nights, last night)
                            Nicastro – 2 nights                 Nicastro – 2 nights
                            Amalfi – 3 nights                   Amalfi – 2 nights

          “Once again,      Hotels
                            Rome – Hotel Rose Garden Palace
     you exceeded our       Nicastro – Hotel Savant
     expectations and       Amalfi – Hotel Luna Convento
    created a magical,
    memorable travel        Costs & Inclusions
                            $4885 per person based on double occupancy
  experience for all of     Single supplement $750 (double room for single use)
   us. Everything was       Includes:
    executed perfectly      - 7 nights in charming, personalized, well-located hotels
      — the variety of      - All meals, including wine
activities, hotels, food,
                            - Airport transfers in Rome and Naples on the start-date and end-date
              wine and
                            - Entrance fees, Guide services
                            - Hotel taxes, Gratuities
            Sue D., NYC
                            Airfare (please consult with us)
                            Travel Insurance (please consult with us)
                            Bar-drinks, beer and liquor
                            Room service, Laundry
                            Airport transfers on other than specified days

                            Other Arrangements
                            If you would like to arrive in advance of the tour or extend
                            your stay at the end we would be happy to make these arrangements
                            for you. We are highly experienced in all aspects of travel to Italy
                            and other parts of Europe.

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                             General Information & Contact
                             Travel Insurance
                             We highly recommend the purchase of Trip Insurance. There are
                             many reasons to opt for it, in addition to the peace of mind it provides.
                             After evaluating various companies we decided to offer information
                             on the policies of Travelex. We can answer some of your questions
                             and you can also visit
                             When enrolling please put our location # 32-0245 in the designated box.

                             Contact Amalfi Life
                             The best way to learn about our
                             Tour of Jewish Heritage in Southern Italy
                             is to call and speak with Laurie Howell
                             at 718.797.9300 ext 1. This is how
                             our knowledge and passion is best
   “This personal touch      communicated to you.
       makes you stand
                             We also invite you to visit our website:
      out from whatever to learn more about
 competition you might       our company and the unique collection
have. We felt completely     of tours and services we offer.
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for throughout the trip.”
               Bill G., PA   New York Office:
                             41 Schermerhorn St., Suite 128
                             Brooklyn, NY 11201
                             Tel (718) 797 9300 ext 1
                             Fax (718) 243 1547

                             Amalfi, Italy Office:
                             via Corte, 1
                             84011 Amalfi (SA) Italia
                             Tel (39) 089 813028
                             Fax (39) 089 874194
                             Skype Name: AmalfiLife


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