Am Shalom
Journey to Jewish Italy

Led by Rabbi Steve Lowenstein

Feb 19, 2023 - Mar 1, 2023

  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $6,400
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

  •   Archaeology
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Heritage

Program Itinerary

Sun. Feb 19, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
Mon. Feb 20, 2023
  • Arrive at Marco Polo International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • 7:45 p.m. Gather in the hotel lobby and meet your tour educator Mike Hollander and local representative Mario Villanis who will accompany you on your journey in Italy.
  • 8:00 p.m. Private and festive wine & Venetian tapas dinner at La Barrique Wine Bar and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Venice Meals: Dinner
Tue. Feb 21, 2023
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • On this last day of the Carnival of Venice , visit St. Marks Square to begin a guided walking tour of romantic Venice.
  • View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and visit the Doges Palace.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walking tour through the alleys, bridges, and canals as an introduction to Italy and its Jewish story.
  • Tour the Jewish Ghetto that was the physical and spiritual home of the Jews from 1515 to 1848, followed by a visit to the Great Synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel by private boat.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Venice
Wed. Feb 22, 2023
  • 8:45 a.m. Depart the hotel by private boat.
  • Visit the Island of Murano and tour one of its many glass-making industries.
  • Visit the colorful Island of Burano, noted for its lace work and colorfully painted houses.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Remainder of the afternoon to enjoy Venice on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Venice
Thu. Feb 23, 2023
  • 8:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel and depart by private boat.
  • Drive through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. Learn about Tuscany’s flourishing Jewish life from the 13th-15th centuries as well as later periods when Jews hid in this region during the Holocaust.
  • Visit Ferrara, established almost 1,000 years ago, whose history was indelibly entwined with that of the Jewish community.
  • Continue south toward Florence.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own with time to explore the streets of Florence at night.
Overnight: Florence
Fri. Feb 24, 2023
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • Begin the tour of Florence with a close look at the Jewish world that was once centered here. Visit the Museo Ebraica (Jewish Museum) and the Synagogue.
  • Explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, or the "Old Bridge.”
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit the Academia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed.
  • Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at your hotel, led by Rabbi Steven Lowenstein.
  • 7:45 p.m. Shabbat dinner at Angiolino - Ai 13 Arrosti restaurant.
Overnight: Florence Meals: Shabbat dinner
Sat. Feb 25, 2023
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart Florence for Sienna.
  • Tour of Sienna which will include a visit to the Sienna Dome and an outside view of the Jewish synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Tour San Gimignano, which is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses.
  • Drive along the Chianti wine route, and stop for a typical Tuscany wine tasting with local specialists at Podere La Marronaia.
  • Return to Florence.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Florence
Sun. Feb 26, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart Florence and drive south toward Rome.
  • Stop along the way in Pitigiliano, once known as “La Piccola Gerusalemme”/ Little Jerusalem because of its once-thriving Jewish community.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit of Pitigiliano including the Jewish Museum.
  • Continue to Rome.
  • Enter the Eternal City and take a panoramic tour of Rome and its vistas.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Rome
Mon. Feb 27, 2023
  • 8:40 a.m. Transfer from the hotel to the Vatican Museum.
  • Special visit to the Vatican Museum and view some of the seldom revealed, Jewish historic relics found there.
  • Continue to the Sistine Chapel, followed by a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore some of Rome’s most beautiful constructions, including the Spanish Steps, Europe’s longest and widest staircase which climbs a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti; the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city; and Piazza Navona (Navona Square).
  • Walk back to the hotel and enjoy a free evening in Rome.
Overnight: Rome
DAY 10
Tue. Feb 28, 2023
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • Tour Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Arch of Titus.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Great Synagogue with its Jewish Museum.
  • Tour the Jewish Ghetto with a local historian.
  • Return to the hotel to freshen-up before the evening.
  • Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at Il Vero Alfredo restaurant.
Overnight: Rome Meals: Dinner
DAY 11
Wed. Mar 1, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Rome International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the USA, arriving the same day.


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room

Venice: Ca'di Dio

Florence: The Westin Excelsior

Rome: Palazzo Ripetta

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations in the above listed hotels or similar.
  • 8 days of touring with a tour educator and local guides, 2 days of walking-tours in Venice, 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Italy.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
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  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
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  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
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