Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld

Jewish Tours of Florence

I am Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld, a licensed Tour Guide specialized in Jewish Tours of Florence.

Since 2006 I have led a team of Guides, each carefully selected for knowledge, enthusiasm, and a commitment to sharing the history and culture of Jewish and Renaissance Florence.

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History, art and Judaism are my three passions at the foundation of my training, which led me to become a qualified tour guide specializing in tours in Florence and Tuscany with a Jewish perspective.

I was born and raised in Florence, where I got my University degree in Architecture. After significant experience as an architect specializing in ancient building restoration, I decided to follow my passion for art, history and Jewish life, culture, and history. First, I served as internal guide for the Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence. Then, in 1998, I was licensed as a Tour Guide of Florence, officially certified by the Regione Toscana.

From the start I focused on customized Jewish itineraries of Florence and Tuscany. I have studied Hebrew, I regularly visit Israel, I am currently collaborating with the Jewish Community of Florence and also have very good relationships with all Jewish Communities throughout Tuscany, including Livorno, Pisa, Siena and Pitigliano.

I am a member of the following associations:

 

  • Friends of the Jewish Museum of Florence
  • Opera del Tempio Ebraico di Firenze
  • La Piccola Gerusalemme (Little Jerusalem) di Pitigliano
  • Associazione Italia Israele / Firenze-Prato-Pistoia (Association Italia Israele / Firenze-Prato-Pistoia)

My publications on Jewish history of Florence:

Jewish Florence. Illustrated itinerary”, Florence, ASKA ed. 2019.

Map of Jewish itinerary in Florencedesigned for the local Jewish Community, printed by APT (Florence Tourist Office).
On my tours, each visitor receives a copy of the map.

Collaboration to the chapters covering Florence and Tuscany in “The complete Italy Jewish Guide” by Meyer Piha, including the map of “Jewish Sites and Utilities in Florence“.

In addition, I am currently doing a research for an essay on the damages of the Florence Synagogue that occurred during the German occupation (1943 – 1944).