Jewish Italy: Food, Culture, and Travel with Francine Segan - Context Travel

Jewish Italy: Food, Culture, and Travel with Francine Segan


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Italy is home to Europe’s oldest Jewish community, dating to 200 BCE in ancient Rome. In this seminar we will discover Italy’s Jewish heritage, starting with cucina ebraica, “Hebrew cooking,” and the stories behind many Italian Jewish dishes like fried artichokes and goose salami. We will explore the sights in Italy’s important Jewish cities including:

  • Venice, where the first ghetto was erected in 1516,
  • Rome, home to a thriving Jewish community from ancient times to today,
  • Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by one of the best-preserved Renaissance walls in Italy and home to an important Jewish Museum,
  • Bologna, whose Jewish presence dates to the 4th century,
  • Florence, with its lovely Moorish-style synagogue built in 1882.

Led by an expert on Italian culinary history, Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will explore Italy's Jewish foods and historic sights. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of fascinating Jewish cities in Italy such as Rome, Venice, Ferrara, Bologna, and Florence. Each participant will receive a handout of classic Italian Jewish recipes.

Francine Segan is a renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author of six books. She is a regular on TV, appearing frequently on the Food Network, PBS, Discovery, and History Channels. Francine’s articles have appeared in Saveur, Epicurious, Vogue, and Fine Cooking Magazine and she is an often-featured expert in newspapers including the Wall St Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times. She lectures across the USA at such prestigious venues as the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Smithsonian Museum in DC, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, and 92nd St Y, NYC’s premiere cultural center.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Enjoyable and informative

Once again Francine's presentation was well executed and full of very interesting information. I want to visit all the interesting points of interest pertaining to Italian Jewish history and sample some unique Jewish Italian cuisine.

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S.
Another wonderful presentation

The subject matter is very interesting; the speaker is knowledgeable and an excellent presenter

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J.G.
Jewish Italy

I was so excited when I first signed up for this seminar and I was not disappointed. I loved it and I learned a lot about Jewish history in specific cities and their wonderful food and culture. Just great

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S.B.

A lovely history of Italian Jewish food!

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S.S.
Enjoyed

I enjoyed, but too high level for me. Not “meaty” enough. Thought would be deeper like so many other Context talks

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
70%
(7)
20%
(2)
10%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.
Enjoyable and informative

Once again Francine's presentation was well executed and full of very interesting information. I want to visit all the interesting points of interest pertaining to Italian Jewish history and sample some unique Jewish Italian cuisine.

S
S.
Another wonderful presentation

The subject matter is very interesting; the speaker is knowledgeable and an excellent presenter

J
J.G.
Jewish Italy

I was so excited when I first signed up for this seminar and I was not disappointed. I loved it and I learned a lot about Jewish history in specific cities and their wonderful food and culture. Just great

S
S.B.

A lovely history of Italian Jewish food!

S
S.S.
Enjoyed

I enjoyed, but too high level for me. Not “meaty” enough. Thought would be deeper like so many other Context talks