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Five large arched windows symbolizing the five books of the Torah make the Italian Synagogue immediately recognisable from the outside. The most recent of the Synagogues of the Ghetto owes its construction, in particular, to the ‘Santa Comunità Italiana’ from Rome in 1675, as the emblem in the center of the façade declares; the building then underwent restoration in 1739 and 1759.

The small building, particularly on its first floor, suggests that there was originally a ceremonial and prayer hall and that only later was it converted into to the current place of  worship. Even the architecture of the façade seems to confirm this theory, as there are two columns and two Roman-style pillars that are presumed to lead to a n atrium and another hall, now demolished.

"Humble in act and with sure faith/here every pious person brings their prayers / and even when their foot turns elsewhere / they always keep their thoughts turned to God" is the 19th century inscription present at the entrance of the Scola Italian. 

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