Italy’s Foundation for Jewish Culture has just launched a new online portal designed to help tourists and other visitors explore the country’s rich Jewish heritage, from ancient Roman times to the present, from the top of the Italian boot to the tip of its toe.
Called Visit Jewish Italy — located at http://www.visitjewishitaly.it/en/ — the web site allows users to search by town, using a drop down menu or by clicking a photo link, and it also allows searches by category: Synagogues, Cemeteries, Jewish neighborhoods, and Museums and Memorials. Users can also use the search menu to find Kosher restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Textual information and contacts are supplemented by many colorful photographs and interactive maps.
There are English language and Italian language versions of the site.
Sites that can be explored range from ancient Roman era catacombs to medieval Jewish quarters to lavish Renaissance synagogues to Jewish cemeteries dating back to the middle ages — and much more.