Bagni Milkve

Special bathes carved out of the rock and used by Pitigliano‘s Jewish community to purify themselves, these are said to have been built in the 16th century.

I don’t exactly know why they are hidden in an underground section of the ghetto, but I do think that adds to their mystique and allure.

The baths were divided into those for women and those for men, with a big wall in between, and would usually be open during times of religious festivals and fasting periods.

Originally, there were small windows in the tufo rock to the let the light in, but most of these were boarded up when the baths were closed sometime in the 19th century.