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 burnt.
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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 pm
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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 centuries.
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 side.
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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 brutality.
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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 Blatas.
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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 field.
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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 hall.
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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 Bible.
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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 Jews.
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Museo Ebraico di Venezia

11) Museo Ebraico di Venezia (must see)

The Jewish Museum of Venice is situated in the Campo of the Ghetto Nuovo, between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. It is a small but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice. The precious objects shown to the public – such as important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and 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 festivities starting from Shabbat. The second room of the museum is instead mostly dedicated to textile manufacture, related of course to Jewish tradition. You can find different examples of Meil and other precious coverings used to decorate the Torah, but you can particularly find beautiful examples of Parokhet – curtains to cover the doors of 'Aron Ha Kodesh.

Why You Should Visit:
Aside for the museum's exhibition of ye olde Jewish life in the ghetto, you get to tour three ancient synagogues for a small extra fee.
The Ghetto Nuovo square is a beautiful little spot regardless of whether you enter the museum and is relatively quiet (compared to other parts of the city).

Tip:
Make sure to give yourself time to wander around the ghetto area itself, as there are quite a few cute/unique restaurants and bodegas.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Fri: 10am-5:30pm (Oct-May); 10am-7pm (Jun-Sep)
Museum, synagogues and cemetery are closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays, Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.