Every time I visit a new city in Italy, I say it is my favorite place that I've been so far. But this time it's real. The ancient city of Pitigliano, dating back to the first century bc, is like nothing I have every seen before. Even on a rainy day, it left me awestruck.
The quaint city is known as the little Jerusalem, for the historical presence of a Jewish community that has always been integrated into the social context. Other that how the city was built, it is famous for La Piccola Gerusalemme and it's ancient synagogue.
The structure of the city tops that of Rome. It is a city, built on a city, built on a city, built on a city. Four layers of history. And you don't have to dig deep under ground for evidence of that. From across the valley you can see the remains of Eutruscan, Roman, Mideval, and current buildings literally ontop of one another. Once you make it into the city, it's another story. From inside the walls it looks like every other Italian town. Comparable to Venice, without the water. There are no cars driving through the many narrow streets and it is easy to get lost.