Pitigliano sits on a tuff hill, near the border between Tuscany and Lazio. It is a good place to look at the world with a little irony. From above, things become small and interconnected, and boundaries that seemed impossible to cross reveal unthinkable gaps and passages.
In this beautiful Tuscan village in the province of Grosseto, some very important boundaries fell down during the 16th century. Jews fleeing from laws that restricted their freedom crossed the physical border between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States; and the people of Pitigliano were able to move past their cultural and religious differences and accept the refugees. The excellent relationship between the two communities grew over time, with a symbolic climax in 1799, when the Christian inhabitants of the town defended their Jewish fellow citizens from the oppression of anti-French soldiers who were planning to raid the ghetto.
In this beautiful Tuscan “Little Jerusalem” – nicknamed for its large Jewish community gathered around a beautiful synagogue – everything invites you to look at the world from above.
Things get a bit smaller. And are taken back into the right proportions.