The Venetian Ghetto

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The Venetian Ghetto was the area inhabited by the Jews during the era of the Venetian Republic. Indeed, in 1516, 700 Jews were housed in this place previously used to manufacture guns. Today, this historic neighborhood is still the center of Venice. A Jewish community of several hundred or even thousands are now living. It is divided into two ghettos, the new and the old. The tour is free, simply visit the area. On Saturday, the day of Shabbat, several Jews gather in the neighborhood, including in the synagogue. Several cultural events around Jewish culture held annually to this place as the International Conference on Hebrew studies.

Despite its historical importance, the ghetto is not a tourist area. It consists of an open square surrounded by tall buildings on three sides. This is a nice place for a stroll. As the Venetian synagogues separate laws prohibited the construction, they were built on the upper floors of buildings. There are mainly five synagogues in the neighborhood (German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Levantine Sephardi, Scuola Canton). There is also the Jewish Museum Comunità Ebraica.

In the Ghetto, there are two monuments remembering the Holocaust, the first is a bronze panel depicting the last train, another monument is a relief bronze showing Nazi brutality against Jews.

Ghetto, there is a kosher restaurant called Gam Gam. This restaurant has an attractive decor with marble and light wood. Near the counter, just right of the entrance, there is a fountain to wash hands before eating. We find in this restaurant with Italian and Israeli specialties like spicy couscous with grilled fish, meat dishes, and fried dumplings. There is also another restaurant called Hostaria del Ghetto and a bakery.

Around the Venetian Ghetto, there are many hotels of all budgets where tourists can reside. Regarding transport, the ghetto is walking distance from Venice Train Station and stations S.Marcuola and Guglie vaporetto.