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A kosher Italian holiday

New guidebook to Italy sheds light on Jewish interest sites, including kosher shops, in one of the most popular countries in Europe for tourists
Daniel Mosseri, EJP

A new Jewish guidebook to Italy lists all the Jewish interest sites from Milan to Naples, including kosher shops, restaurants, hotels and even pharmacies. Written in Italian and English, the book targets both the home market and Jews around the world. 


Italy is one of the most popular countries in Europe for tourists and despite the relatively small number of Italian Jews - less than 30,000 live in Italy over a general population of 57 million - the community is quite active and able to offer a large variety of products and services to guarantee a kosher stay for the observant Jew. 


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To simplify the sometimes demanding task of finding Jewish resources in country with only 21 small communities, Milan-based editor of the Jewish magazine "Jewish life" Meyer Piha wrote the "Italy Jewish Guide,” a comprehensive and complete directory to "everything Jewish" in Italy. 


Supported by the Tourism Office of Lombardia Region and printed with the contribution of several private donors, the book is intended for Italians and foreigners alike. 


Detailed listings 


This remarkable guidebook - first of its kind in Italy - is a city-by-city directory of every Italian location of Jewish interest. Starting with a detailed list of the Italian kosher products by brand, the directory lists all kosher restaurants, ice cream bars and hotels from Lago Maggiore southwards, including Livorno, Naples and Paestum. 


Obviously, the book does not only list food products, kosher wine vendors and gourmet, but also museums, synagogues, communities and mikvaoth, ancient Jewish areas and current get-togethers, Jewish walking tours, Judaica shops, pharmacies and even matchmakers. 


The introduction bears the names of very important personalities of Italian Judaism, namely Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, Rav Alberto Somek from Turin and Rav Elia Richetti from Trieste. 


A new "Italy Jewish Guide” will be updated on a yearly basis. The book also contains a Jewish calendar with each city’s Shabbat times.


Reprinted with permission of EJP