Italy / Lombardy


The only noteworthy place of remembrance in the area surrounding Milan is the small town of Soncino in the province of Cremona. In the fifteenth century a Hebrew printing house operated there, created by the rabbi and doctor Israel Nathan of Speyer, who was originally at this Rhenish city. The business was eventually forced to leave the duchy of Milan, but the Soncinos, the dynasty of printers who took the name of the city, continued to work in various cities in Italy (Pesaro, Brescia) and the Mediterranean (Thessaloniki, Istanbul).

A small museum now occupies the former print shop.