Ghetto Tour, Venice

Ghetto Tour, Venice
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Venice Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Venice Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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.

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

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour

Best Sights of San Marco Walking Tour

San Marco is one of the six sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice, set in the very heart of the city. It is known primarily as the home of the eponymous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and other notable locations, such as Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Harry's Bar, the Palazzo Dandolo, San Moisè, the La Fenice theatre, the Palazzo Grassi and several churches. Once the seat of the Venetian government, the district is densely packed with many hotels, banks and expensive shops prompted, as of lately, by the influx of tourists. In large part, San Marco makes Venice what it is and, as such, demands exploration!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano is often called the Glass Island, since it is home to the most impressive and renowned Venetian glass factories. The glass makers here have preserved their centuries-old techniques. The island is full of shops were you can admire and purchase these adorable glass items. Some factories have special showrooms where you can see the full process of glass making.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 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
Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

The Northern Area of Venice is full of places of great historical and cultural importance. This tour offers you a view of some of the loveliest churches of Venice such as the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Chiesa dei Santissimi Apostoli.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

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