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Italy: God's Island of Dew


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 4 dinners
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


2 p.m. Seminar opens at hotel in Rome

*All Leading to Rome: Water and paths as symbols

* Rome's Seven Hills: An overview of the ancient heart of the city and a view from inside the Forum, heart of ancient Rome 

*The Fall of Judea: A World Destroyed? (Alongside Titus' Arch)    

*The Clash Between Jewish and Roman Values (Visit the Colosseum)

Dinner at Pitigliani Community Center, hosted by Dr. Ambra Tedeschi: Reflections of an Italian Jew



*Jews and New Jews Persecuted? (Visit the Vigna Randanii catacombs)

*The Jews and Pagan Rome: Midrashic points of view (Trajan's Forum)

Break for lunch at Trevi Fountain

*Hadrian, Hero and Villain (Visit the Pantheon; discuss Hadrian in Jewish thought)    

*Developing Traditions: Christian Imperial Rome and the Jews

Visit Piazza Navona and surroundings: study session) 

*Bonfires of Books and People
(The Campo di Fiori)

From 5:30 p.m. Free  to explore (pre-reserve for museums on your own)

Evening: (Optional) Tour of Trastevere with Haim



a.m. The Jews in Medieval Context  (Meet with Prof. Anna Foa)

Michelangelo and the Jews: Holy Moses! (Study session at the Church of Saint Peter in Chains)

11:30 a.m. Meeting with Hon. Ambassador of Israel at the Israel Embassy to the Holy See

Transfer to the Vatican and break for lunch in its precincts

p.m. The Vatican: State Within a State
Special meeting with Vatican personage (t.b.c.)
Visit to Sistine Chapel and to St. Peter's Basilica.

5:30 p.m. Free time to continue exploring the city or relax



a.m. Travel to Venice.  On the way - The Routes We Follow: May 1943....

12:35 p.m. Arrival in Venice; transfer by boat to Lido Island 

Break for lunch

*The Past: A Maritime Republic and Its Jews
  (Brief introduction, study session and explore the Jewish cemetery)

Today and Tomorrow: A Vision of Jews in Venice.  Discussion with Dr. Shaul Bassi

Disembark and leisurely walk to the hotel

5:30 p.m. Check in at the hotel and free evening



Depart for St. Mark's Square

Introduction: Venice and Jerusalem

The Structure of Lay Power in the Republic (Visit Doge's Palace)

The Seat of Clerical Power in Venice (Visit Basilica of St. Mark's)

Walk to Ghetto (lunch on the way)

p.m. Meet at Entrance to Jewish Museum in Ghetto Nuovo

*Jews in the Ghetto (Museum Exhibition and Visit to Synagogues)

Study session: Jewish Merchants and Venice
Late afternoon: Meet at hotel or in area of Ghetto for Kabbalat Shabbat

Seudat Shabbat



FREE to "lekh lekha B'Noah" ("stroll around at ease") until late afternoon.  Then, meet in the lobby of the hotel

Jews in the World (Between Ramhal and Benamozegh)

 Oneg Shabbat and Seudah Shlishiet

late p.m. Havdalah

Rest of evening at leisure


a.m.  Travel from Venice to Padua

Padua: The Old City and Central Piazza (tour) 

  Introduction to Jewish Padua (in the Jewish Museum)
Visit the Ghetto, meet community member and visit synagogue
*Padua, Ramchal and the Jewish mystical tradition (Study in synagogue)

Lunch break in center of Padua
Free time in central Piazza, or pre-reserved visit to Capella Scrovegni

p.m. Depart for Florence

The City States and the Medieval Jewish Political Thought (Brief Study session)

Check into the hotel and evening at leisure



Visit to Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana at San Lorenzo; view their prized Judaica items

Travel from Florence to Siena

On the Way: Rural Jewish Populations in Tuscany

*Visit Duomo and walk to Piazza del Campo

Break for lunch in the area of the Piazza

*Visit synagogue and museum and study session

*Travel from Siena to Terra di Seta Kosher wine estate

Discussion with owners over cheese, wine and a light meal

Return to Florence



a.m.  Following the Jewish Presence in the City Center through to 19th Century                                                              (Walking tour of area near the Duomo)

Visit Piazza Della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio, including the Hall of the 500

Florentine Politics and the Symbol of David vs Goliath

Lunch break and free time

A visit to the Synagogue and The Jewish Museum of Florence

Lunch break (near kosher restaurant)

Michelangelo's David and the Other Treats (visit the Galleria dell'Academia)

Evening at leisure



Travel from Florence to Pitigliano
Explore "Piccolo Jerusalem" museum

Meet with last representative of Pitigliano's once-strong community: Elena Servi
Free time to browse
p.m.Travel from Pitigliano to Rome

Evening: From Moses to Moses: A special night tour of the Fountains of Rome (optional)



a.m. Cum Nimis: A Tour of the Rome Ghetto and study session

Visit  the Jewish Museum of Rome and its Synagogue

Free time to browse and lunch

p.m. Looking Ahead: Meet with representative of the next generation

Closing session at the hotel

Farewell Dinner in Ghetto


Continued travel arrangements as per individual arrangements from Friday morning.

For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.


Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels except when single occupancy is requested (please note that in the case where we go over the allocation for single occupancy rooms, double occupancy rooms will be offered at additional cost). Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. In travel beyond Israel, all group meals are kosher. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
  • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Transfers from / to the airport.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.

Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


Cancellation Fees

  • Up to 90 days prior to departure: $750 p.p.
  • 89 days to day of seminar/no-show: 100% of seminar cost
  • For certain seminars, terms of payment and our cancellation policy may be adjusted to require a higher initial deposit and an escalated payment and cancellation schedule. If this applies to you, we will inform you of this separately.



  • Your registration fee will be applied towards the cost of the seminar.
  • The balance of your payments will be charged to the credit card we have on file 150, 120, and 90 days prior to
    the beginning of the seminar.


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