The Great Synagogue of Florence was opened in 1882, several years after the Emancipation of Italian Jews in 1861 with the proclamation of the unification of Italy. And ‘one of the best examples in Europe of exotic Moorish style. The need for adequate Temple to Florentine community began to discuss at the end of 1847, but the difficulties of having sufficient funds blocked for several decades any initiative. Decisive, in 1868, was the testament of Cav. David Levi, who tied his wealth to build a “temple worthy monuments of Florence.” In November 1870 they were in charge of the project architects Falcini, Treves and Micheli.
The Temple, as a whole, is considered one of the most beautiful and harmonious work of the Italian, testimony extraordinarily important in the history of the Jews in Florence. The structures are inspired by the decorative repertoire that circulated numerous in Italy and abroad, making the synagogue a Florentine building perfectly informed about news in Europe.
Integral part of the visit to the synagogue is the Jewish Museum was founded in 1981 and enlarged in 2007. Housed on two floors inside the building houses a rich collection of Jewish ceremonial objects of art.
You can visit Synagogue from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 16:45, Friday from 10 to 13:30 and on Saturday will be closed.