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Palazzo Taurino - Jewish Museum Lecce

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Fascinating exhibit on Jewish life in Lecce during the Medieval Period.

A friend and I were in Lecce in November, 2018 for other reasons, and wandered into the museum by... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2018
Hannah R
Beautifully presented, exceptional tour.

A great little museum, recently opened, that delves into the fascinating Jewish presence in Lecce... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2018
Montreal, Canada
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Here in the cellars of Palazzo Taurino is the start of your journey into Medieval Lecce, a journey into what is still even today largely unexplored. Baroque Lecce is well known, but the 17th century is just a recent part of a long history. The city...more
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Via Umberto I, 9, 73100, Lecce, Italy
+39 0832 247016
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Reviewed 1 December 2018

A friend and I were in Lecce in November, 2018 for other reasons, and wandered into the museum by accident. We found the museum to be fascinating. It tells the history of medieval Jewish life in Lecce in an interesting and accessible way. The museum...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hannah R
Reviewed 11 November 2018

A great little museum, recently opened, that delves into the fascinating Jewish presence in Lecce and broader Puglia. Our tour leader Marta was a wealth a knowledge, expertly presented. Although small in size, the museum, house in the basement of a former private Palzzo, has...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

A very worthwhile hour (or more) to spend. Located next door to Basilica di Santa Croce, this guided tour museum is housed on the grounds of the former synagogue. Learn about the Jewish experience before the Basilica was built. There is much Jewish history in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank James H
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Accidentally found this museum while on a walking tour of Lecce It is a fairly new facility which is well done. Our guide was well informed and all the materials and artifacts were fascinating. This is a can’t miss visit if you are have any...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Harvey K
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We have just left the museum. That was a very interesting visit about a Jewidh community which we knew nothing about and never heard of. Marta the Englisg guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The museum is small a 45 minutes to one hour visit....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Apparently this little museum is just a couple of years old and was started so that the story of the city’s Jewish population, in medieval times up to post WW2, can be told to today’s generation. It is very small, but its guides are knowledgeable,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Definitely a great stop for those interested in the complex and wonderful history of Sephardic Jews, who have a long tradition in Lecce and elsewhere in the Mediterranean

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We visited this museum and were not disappointed with the wealth of information that was given to us. Marta was an amazing guide who spoke perfect english and her obvious love, not only for her faith, but for the museum itself was evident in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MargaretC859
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We were fortunate to meet Mirella and have a tour with her. She is passionate, knowledge and very pleasant. She taught us of the little there is known so far of the history of Jews in Lecce and the great project that this museum iss....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NateInUSVI
Reviewed 13 August 2018

The Jewish Museum in Lecce is a well preserved building. A spring runs underneath the museum, therefore supplying the once used, and clearly visible Mikvah. The tour is 25 minutes, run by informative, young, non Jewish guides. The facility is owned by a non Jewish...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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