Ghetto Tour, Venice

Ghetto Tour, Venice

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.
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Ghetto Tour Map

Guide Name: Ghetto Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Author: naomi
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Accesi Principali

1) Accesi Principali

Following the decree of March 29, 1516, doors were placed at the entrances to the Ghetto, that were closed after dark to prevent the Jews from going out. Guards were placed at the entrance. Jews often paid money to be able to sneak out during the hours of prohibition. This situation persisted until the arrival of Napoleon and the French army in 1796 when these "gates of infamy" were finally torn down and...   view more
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Antichità al Ghetto

2) Antichità al Ghetto

Located in Venetian district of Cannaregio, on Calle Gheto Vechio, Antichita al Ghetto features a variety of antiques, including books, furniture, religious objects, jewelry, silverware, pottery, textiles, and home furnishings. This charming and intimate shop is run by two enthusiastic antique collectors: Elisabetta and Giuliano Emiliani.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5:30...   view more
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Spanish Synagogue

3) Spanish Synagogue

The largest and the most famous Venetian synagogue was erected by Spanish Jews. The original construction dating from the second half of 500 AD, was completely rebuilt and restored in 1526. Below the windows a simple plaque commemorates the 200 Venetian Jews deported to death camps. On the side walls of the large hall several tombstones are inscribed with the names of the many good people who worked for the Community over the past...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Levantine Synagogue

4) Levantine Synagogue

The Jews of the Levant had close relations with Venice and lived there for a long time. The Levantine Jews formed a community of more than 600 people and were prosperous enough to build this beautiful synagogue. This is a gorgeous two faced building with classic and severe lines, adorned with three rows of windows on the smaller...   view more
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Holocaust Memorial

5) Holocaust Memorial

To commemorate the tragedy of the Second World War, there is a bronze relief Holocaust Memorial in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo. The artist Arbit Blatas represented the Jews who faced the gas chambers and other forms of Nazi...   view more
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Deportation Memorial

6) Deportation Memorial

The Deportation Memorial, also called the Last Train, was made in honor of the Jews that were deported in the period of the Second World War. It is located on one side of the Casa di Riposa. The memorial was designed by sculptor Arbit...   view more
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Italian Synagogue

7) Italian Synagogue

The Italian Synagogue, built in 1575, is the simplest of all Venetian synagogues. The first Italian Jews built a modest prayer hall, as is indicated by the arched windows on the first floor and the narrow stairs. This is followed by the current prayer hall which is more spacious and recognizable from the outside by five large windows that open onto the south side of the...   view more
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German Synagogue

8) German Synagogue

The German Synagogue is characterized by the simplicity of its design, hardly noticeable among the other houses. The interior of the building has walls decorated in marble and the Ten Commandments inscribed in gold letters against a red background that runs along the entire perimeter of the worship...   view more
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Canton Synagogue

9) Canton Synagogue

Canton Synagogue is recognizable by the original wooden dome supported by a band of windows that illuminated the area of the pulpit. This is the first synagogue in Venice to be built with a bifocal system. The decoration of the Canton Synagogue is unique in Europe for the presence of eight wooden panels depicting episodes from the...   view more
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Library Renato Maestro

10) Library Renato Maestro

Library Renato Maestro was opened in 1981. The library's aim is to contribute to the spread of knowledge about Jewish civilization and culture and particularly about the Jews in Venice and in Italy. Here you can find books written by famous Jewish writers who lived in Venice or other books of main importance for the...   view more
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The Jewish Museum of Venice

11) The Jewish Museum of Venice (must see)

The Jewish Museum of Venice is situated in the Campo of the Ghetto Novo, between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. It is a little but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice. The precious objects shown to public, important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. The first room of the museum is dedicated to silver wares reminding the most important Jewish...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, whose name translates as “hard bridge” from Italian, due to the area's relatively high terrain. The city's highest spots, along with Giudecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola, are found here. Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice's most picturesque canals, historic locations and cultural venues, including Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Campo San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita. If modern art and historic architecture combined sounds like your kind of fun, Dorsoduro is the right place to go.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Castello District Walking Tour

Castello District Walking Tour

The eastern Castello area hosts the city's most extensive green area. Castello is the largest district of Venice. It has been inhabited since the 5th century and has a number of attractions for tourists, like the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello, the Arsenale di Venezia and the Biennale exhibits. It was and is home to Venice's most important industries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Grand Canal Walking Tour

Grand Canal Walking Tour

Grand Canal is the main channel in Venice. The channel has an "S" form dividing the main districts of Venice. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, but for tourists, it is recommended that they visit it by gondola. On both sides of the Grand Canal are established the most beautiful buildings dating from the 12th to the 18th centuries that tell the story of a thousand years of Venetian splendor.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Religious Edifices Walking Tour

Religious Edifices Walking Tour

As a tourist, you definitely are aware that a country like Italy, especially a city like Venice, has a lot of sacred sites. It would be a pity not to take a look at some of the wonderful buildings built by humans in the name of the Lord. Glorious artists, architects and their disciples have given their lives and talent for our pleasure for centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
San Marco Souvenir Shops

San Marco Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Venice without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to Venice. Pop into the specialty shops of San Marco suggested in this tour to find the most beautiful and original items.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

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