Tourist Tip #97 The Tycon-ess of Tiberias

In the 16th century, a savvy refugee from Portugal set out to revitalize then-derelict Tiberias. A boutique hotel in the now-vibrant city pays homage to her efforts.

Of the many ancient tales Tiberias has to tell, perhaps only one spans as many continents, faiths and cultures as the story of a determined woman named Dona Gracia. Her story comes to life at the hotel that bears her name, tucked away in downtown Tiberias, perhaps the only boutique hotel in the world with a lobby that doubles as a museum exhibit. From it, you’ll learn about the long road, both...