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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. It was not the first time that Jews in Venice were compelled to live in a segregated area of the city. In 1552 Venice had 160,000 inhabitants, including 900 Jews, who were mainly merchants.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Beautiful setting, friendly and welcoming locals. Connect with you heritage, if this is yours