Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Friuli is a town located in the north eastern part of Italy, very closed to the border with Slovenia.

 

In spite of the fact that the Jewish presence in Cividale dates back almost 800 years and, according to some unverifiable sources, even back to the VI century B.C., nowadays there are very few Jewish artifacts. The latter claim originates from what seems to have been written on a stone epigraphy found under one of the entrance gates of the town – Porta di Borgo San Pietro – and mysteriously disappeared soon afterwards, only to be replaced in 1465 by another Jewish engraved headstone.

Reliable sources date the arrival of Jews in Cividale back to 1273 when they settled without encountering any problems also thanks to the protection granted them by the very influential local De Portis family.  During this period, Cividale became the most important Ashkenzi centre of the whole area where even a Rabbinical court was active.

In 1349, to witness the good coexistence between the local Christian population and the Jews, rules were issued by the local government on how the religious celebrations and Festivities of both communities had to take place peacefully and with mutual respect. There is mention of a synagogue built on part of the orchard area of the local monastery – Monastero Maggiore – though no trace of it is left today.

Jews were active in the usual small array of activities and jobs that Jewish communities were allowed to practice throughout Europe: trade, medicine, and money lending, the latter not permitted to Christians.

In 1494 the local government ordered the expulsion of the Jews from the town, but apparently the expulsion was never carried out. Traces of Jews settling and living in the Cividale area continue throughout the XV and XVI centuries .

Our tour of charming Cividale will bring you also to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale where on display are several Jewish artifacts found in the area.

More travels you be might be interested in

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

from € 4,250

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

from € 4,820

Articles you might like

There are sources mentioning the presence of Jews in the city of Verona as back as the VI century AD. Though possible, the first certain sources show that by the XIII century the number of Jews residing in Verona was quite sizeable. At that time a Rabbinical Court was active and two famous Rabbis both […]

Milan never had a stable Jewish community mostly because for many centuries Jews were banned from the city until about the end of the XVIII century, when the first significative afflux of Jews from other parts of Italy and Europe took place. This continued until today, making Milano the 2nd largest Italian Jewish Community after […]

Do not miss our offers!

Text for the consent of the treatment of personal data: By filling in and sending this form, you agree to the processing of personal data provided by you for the purposes and within the limits indicated in the site's privacy policy, pursuant to and for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2016 / 679 (GDPR).

LaTour I-Talya
Powered by Go World SRL - www.goworld.it

Premio Turismo responsabile Italiano 2011