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8 Top Highlights in Italy in 8 Days

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Why should Italy be on everyone’s travel bucket list? Italy is magical, it is historic and beautiful, it’s the site of so many important events and moments and it’s where both Rome and Venice are. Those two cities alone are reason enough to go there. You can visit alone and work out how to get around in its famously chaotic and ancient cities, or you can go with a guided group tour and have all the details taken care of so you can give all your attention to the sights that you just can’t miss in this magical country.

Rome

The birth place of the Roman Empire, the source of the conquerors of the ancient world including the mighty Caesar. Rome feels like history itself and yet it is still an impossibly modern, bustling city. No trip to Rome is complete without sitting on the Spanish steps and breathing in the eternity of this city. Or without a visit to the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin over your shoulder to this stunning fountain so you can come back to Rome. Do we need to mention the mouth-watering food that Rome is famous for?

The Pantheon

The fascinating monument that left even Michelangelo speechless; when he first saw the Pantheon he proclaimed it of “angelic and not human work”. This iconic building is an architectural wonder and a marvel to see in real life. If you could only see one thing in Rome, let it be this building.

Vatican City

The smallest country in the world, Vatican City is the centre of one of the oldest and most popular religions in the world. You will feel the history in this place, and the hushed quiet within the walls will be a welcome respite from the noise and rush of Rome. Final stop here should be the Sistine Chapel, one of greatest art treasures of all time, hosting Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Sienna

Often named Italy’s loveliest medieval city, your stop in Sienna promises fresh and tasty meals, artistic masterpieces and a picturesque approaching road that will let you see the winding countryside of Tuscany.

Wine Tasting in Chianti

Does anything else need to be said? Is there anything more Italian than sitting in the country side in a vineyard and sipping red wine?

Florence

Florence has been called the most beautiful city in the world many times. Newcomers to the city sometimes find themselves becoming dizzy and nauseated by all the beauty around them. Florence has artistic masterpieces and some of the best, most innovative food you have ever tasted.

Michelangelo’s David

In Florence, at the Accademia Gallery, you can admire the perfection of the most famous statue in the world: Michelangelo’s David. This masterpiece is a well-known staple of western art and a testament to the genius of the Renaissance. In real life, it’s so much larger and more exquisite than it ever looks in the pictures.

Venice

“When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’ says Friedrich Nietzsche. Venice is not only the city on the water; it is music, poetry, love, dream… Venice is everything beyond your imagination.

These sights are just some of the things you can see on your Italian holiday. Tour packages to Italy are available anytime of the year and visit all of the major sights and cities. There are many more things to see and discover, so make sure you enjoy your time in this enchanting country.

Top Places To Visit In The Historic City Avignon

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The historic city of Avignon became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and it is well worth spending time exploring the city and soaking up its atmosphere in a kosher tour. Everyone remembers learning the song at school “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”. Now you can actually walk on the famous bridge, called the Pont de Benezet. Walk across it to visit the famous Palais des Papes.

Avignon became the official residence under Pope Clement V in 1309. His successor, John XXII, made it the capital of Christianity and transformed his former episcopal palace into the primary Palace of the Popes. It was the official residence of seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Nowadays, 25 rooms are open to the public and although most of the furnishings have disappeared, one can still see how vast the place was.

Go to Place de l’Horloge to have a cool drink at a cafĂ© and watch the world go by. This is a very beautiful square and is the centre of life in Avignon. On one side is the theatre and the Town Hall. The Town Hall itself was built in 1845 and incorporates a beautiful 14th century clock tower with life-sized figures on top.

The Musee du Petit Palais is an art gallery and museum. It houses an exceptional collection of Renaissance paintings of the Avignon school as well as art from Italy and is in a 14th century building at the north side of the square.

Another place well worth a visit is the Rocher des Doms. These are beautiful leafy gardens set on a hill, with views of the river and surrounding countryside.
For those interested in art, a visit to the Musee Angladon is not to be missed. This museum contains paintings and furniture and it is enjoyable to wander around if you have the time.

Or those interested in natural history, don’t miss a visit to the Musee Requien which is named after the French naturalist, Esprit Requien.

The Jewish community in Avignon goes back as far as the first century after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. However, there aren’t any written records of Jewish culture and history before the 12th century. The first Jewish quarter faced the Palais des Papes on Rue de la Vielle Juiverie. By the early 13th century, the Jewish quarter was on Rue Jacob and Place Jerusalem. Today, this is where the shul is located. It is a tiny area, about 100 square yards and it was home to more than 1000 people. It was forbidden by law for Jews to live outside the designated area, which was surrounded by walls. They had to have permission to leave this site for religious tours in France and three locked gates kept them from leaving.

After spending an exhilarating day in Avignon, what better way to end it than to return to your Kosher Riverboat Cruises boat and enjoy the freshly-cooked glatt kosher cuisine offered by our on-board chefs, then relax with your fellow passengers.

There are also kosher river cruises in Vietnam if you’re a little more adventurous. Experience the same luxury in an exotic destination!