It’s easy to wonder at the magic and charm of Pitigliano while wandering through the historic alleyways and, most importantly, visiting its famous Jewish ghetto. The magnificent town has actually been known throughout history as “Little Jerusalem” for the active Jewish community that has been settled there since the 15th century. Today, you can visit the Museum of Jewish Culture, the Synagogue and, through an intriguing pathway, the oven where unleavened bread was baked. You can also see the cellar dug into the tuff where kosher wine was produced, the butcher’s shop, the purification bath for woman and the dry cleaners.
Before entering the maze of narrow streets you’ll pass by the Orsini Palace, an impressive Aldobrandesque building. Restored by the Orsinis between the 15th and 16th centuries, today it houses two museums: the Civic Archaeological Museum and the Palazzo Orsini Museum.