The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were forced to live by the government of the Venetian Republic. The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice. The Venetian Ghetto was instituted on 29 March 1516 by decree of Doge Leonardo Loredan and the Venetian Senate. It was not the first time that Jews in Venice were compelled to live in a segregated area of the city. In 1555 Venice had 160,208 inhabitants, including 923 Jews, who were mainly merchants.
In 1797 the French Army of Italy, commanded by the 28-year-old General Napoleon Bonaparte, occupied Venice, forced the Venetian Republic to dissolve itself on 12 May 1797, and ended the ghetto's separation from the city on 11 July the same year. In the 19th century, the ghetto was renamed the Contrada dell'unione.
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lest mitsui | May 27, 2018
Beautiful walk. Part felt like a more structured version of Venice with canals spaced apart like city streets. Bit spooky having an army post in an otherwise gorgeous square with kids playing right beside them. No garbage cans anywhere. Fear lurking subtly even on a beautiful day.
Janelle Khoo | Jun 13, 2018
Venice was overcrowded as expected but we found some little gems away from the crowds. Like the Ghetto area - a very interesting historical place that is a bit quieter than rest of the city. Closest to real Venice in my opinion, with so many people visiting daily. Together with the musem I think it's a must.
Rita Kamil | Apr 8, 2018
Really neat to experience this historic Jewish ghetto. This is the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world (~1500CE) when all Venetian Jews were ordered to segregate from the rest of Venice's population. It's interesting to see a still active Jewish community today.
Anne S Wagner | Apr 15, 2018
Very interesting historically and the Artisan work is different from anything else available in the city - uniquely related to Jewish and ghetto history. We we're pleased we had made the effort
Kim Ford | Mar 18, 2018
This is an opportunity to see something of unusual historical and political significance. Actually the new foundry but the old Ghetto. Take the tour and learn some surprising facts and see what most miss.
Bel Sped | Jul 12, 2018
A historical place to visit. Somber when you think about what it means to the many Jewish people who were forced to stay there. I would go back there and spend more time, this time maybe with a guide.
Michael Hill | Jul 20, 2018
Beautiful setting, friendly and welcoming locals. Connect with you heritage, if this is yours
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