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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #45 on: April 01, 2014, 10:53:16 AM »
Friends took the train from Florence to Sierra and then a cab to get here but supposedly this kosher wine tour was fantastic. Plus they also have kosher accommodations.

www.terradiseta.it/eng/winetours.html

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2014, 08:50:27 AM »
Instead of people asking the same questions over and over, wouldn't it be great if the wiki said it all? The hope is that the educated will fill it in and it'll get updated as needed.
I'm going in a few days so I hope to fill it in.
Still plan to fill in that wiki?
btw, the kosher supermarket closed down. was just there last month and all that is left is ruth's. will post TR in near future.
Want to post that TR?

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Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2014, 12:13:27 PM »
Btw the winery is called Tierra di seta.  Their email is info@terradiseta.it.
I'm gonna be a spokesmen for them because of how nice they were to me in giving me info and helping me plan my trip to Siena. 
Without exaggeration they are extremely nice and helpful. They do tours twice a day. One at 11am and one at 5pm i think. You have to make reservations. It's a 25eu cab ride from Siena and I'll hopefully post how I did it by bus (with a walk on top of that :)) they have beautiful houses on the property that require a weeks reservation. Pricey but looks gorgeous.
The tour is 20eu per person with discounts for groups. It includes a tour of the winery and tastings of their homemade wine, homemade olive oil, artisan crackers, and (maybe homemade) cheese. They told me to plan for a 1.5-2.5 hour total time.
Based on their website and articles about them, their wine is extremely highly rated even in nonjewish competitions and are just starting to import to America. I can't say anything about their kashrus. All I know is they were very nice in explaining that they were closed for Shabbos (I guess they thought I wasn't frum). From what I understand about the family is that they are Italian born frum Jews...
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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2014, 12:18:44 PM »
If anyone is curious about Siena, I'll describe it a little.
Siena is a walled city on a hulled overlooking a gorgeous Tuscany. The city is full of authentic Italian and it felt to me that the tourists kind of blend into the shadows so it still feels very authentic.
there is a beautiful shul with lots of history with a caretaker who does tours but make sure to contact him in advance (not sure how but you should be able to find it online).
I hear that the coolest thing is the horse race around the main square in the center of town. It's only twice a year (july 2 and the other day I think is in august).
Don't know that much more about attractions as I only spent like 3 hours there but I think it's a beautiful city to really feel the Italian old world culture.


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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2014, 12:19:51 PM »
If anyone else has information on the other cities that surround Florence, please write about it as I'm looking for places to visit this summer :)

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2014, 12:27:45 PM »
Not sure what you are looking for. If you are looking for a heter I can direct you to Rabbis who will tell you it's OK. I have heard from reliable sources not to eat there
+1 but they have wine you can drink :)
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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2014, 10:41:35 PM »
Bottom line - bring food from Rome with me here?

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #52 on: May 13, 2014, 10:47:25 PM »
Bottom line - bring food from Rome with me here?
My LOR didn't get back to me yet, but that seems to be the plan. I can post his opinion on Ruth's  when he tells me. He knows a reliable Rav from the area who he's asking for me.

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2014, 11:02:28 PM »
My LOR didn't get back to me yet, but that seems to be the plan. I can post his opinion on Ruth's  when he tells me. He knows a reliable Rav from the area who he's asking for me.
Yeah, I feel like that's the problem with all these random European cities. My LOR has to know someone there, etc. probably hard to get a good answer. Similar to the Pantheon/Vatican City/Toledo Synagogue questions ppl raised. Unless my LOR is familiar with the goings on of the church, he's going to have to do some digging/calling to find out what the story is. But I guess I might as well ask so the ball starts rolling.

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #54 on: May 13, 2014, 11:06:00 PM »
Yeah, I feel like that's the problem with all these random European cities. My LOR has to know someone there, etc. probably hard to get a good answer. Similar to the Pantheon/Vatican City/Toledo Synagogue questions ppl raised. Unless my LOR is familiar with the goings on of the church, he's going to have to do some digging/calling to find out what the story is. But I guess I might as well ask so the ball starts rolling.
Have you heard of kosherquest.org? R Eidlitz is an impartial kashrus person. Maybe he'd know. Maybe your LOR can vouch for him?

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #55 on: May 13, 2014, 11:09:22 PM »
Have you heard of kosherquest.org? R Eidlitz is an impartial kashrus person. Maybe he'd know. Maybe your LOR can vouch for him?
Never heard of him, but it can't hurt to find out.

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #56 on: May 18, 2014, 04:42:28 PM »
Any thoughts on the Jewish Florence Tour? I'm able to join a mini-group for 50euro pp as a student rate. Normally, it's much more, but depending on how many ppl join the group. I would estimate that it's normally ~100eur pp.
Is that the "city tour" you're referring to Ergel?

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #57 on: May 18, 2014, 04:56:16 PM »
Didn't do a Jewish tour. Just a regular city walking tour
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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #58 on: May 18, 2014, 05:37:11 PM »
Didn't do a Jewish tour. Just a regular city walking tour
Ah, any links? Remember who it was with?

Although reviews of the Jewish tour are great for the most part, some made it seem like there's really no Jewish info besides for the Shul, which can be gained just by walking around the Shul and/or getting a Shul tour. If that's the case, then I wouldn't pay 50euro for the Jewish tour.

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Re: Florence Italy master thread
« Reply #59 on: May 18, 2014, 07:13:26 PM »
Ah, any links? Remember who it was with?

Although reviews of the Jewish tour are great for the most part, some made it seem like there's really no Jewish info besides for the Shul, which can be gained just by walking around the Shul and/or getting a Shul tour. If that's the case, then I wouldn't pay 50euro for the Jewish tour.
The people I just spoke to over Shabbos said it's not worth it to do the Jewish tour. I saw two free walking tours with Florence Free Tours, but the reviews aren't that great.