Forno delle Azzime

Possibly the Jewish ghetto’s most symbolic destination. It’s here that all the town’s unleavened bread was prepared. Local jews not only bought their bread from here, but like any other Pitigliano local, they also brought their own homemade unleavened bread to be cook in the huge wood-fired ovens. Unleavened bread is simply made with water and flour, without the addition of yeast, salt or sugar.

The bakery was in use until 1939 and has since been preserved as a monument to the local community. Over the door you can see a menorò – the seven-branched candelabra.

Inside, there are two rooms. The first was used to make the dough, while the second houses the original oven and it is here that the unleavened bread was cooked.

The oven was used once a year by the Jewish community, during Easter, for the production of unleavened bread and cakes for Passover.

Keep an eye out for the photos that adorn the walls showing the bakery when it was still in use.