JEWS IN MEDICEAN FLORENCE
The history of the Jewish group goes back from Roman times. The Florentine Jews were subject to the changing policies of the local rulers over the centuries, especially the Medici, who invited Jewish moneylenders to the city as early as 1430. In 1570 Cosimo I de’ Medici agreed to create ghettos in Florence and Siena. The Florence community enjoyed a golden age from the late 19th century to the early 20th century: in 1882 a large temple was opened.