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Campo del Ghetto

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Address: 30100 Venice, Italy
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to the 16th-century, this is the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the...
Dating back to the 16th-century, this is the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the world with its five synagogues, which are the oldest still existing.
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Unexpectedly lovely part of Venice

This is definitely an up and coming area with many trendy bars and authentic restaurants. Quieter than Venice but yet feeling more real, there are a wealth of tiny canals to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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west yorks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is definitely an up and coming area with many trendy bars and authentic restaurants. Quieter than Venice but yet feeling more real, there are a wealth of tiny canals to explore. The Jewish museum is worth a visit as it explains the history of Il ghetto

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A knowledgable guide who imparted the information in excellent English and took us to the synagogues which was fascinating. Before the tour do not waste your money at the cafeteria- overpriced and poor coffee

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Cambridge MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We walked through the Ghetto, and found the museum. The museum is very well done, and gives a good picture and understanding of the area and the times. But be warned that you cannot see or visit the Synagogue without signing up for the tour, which runs about once per hour. It appears that the tour staff is not from... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I'd heard that the Ghetto was well worth a visit, with it being the place where the word ghetto originated. This small island at one stage held 5,000 Jews who were only allowed off the island during the day and had to wear clothing marking them out as Jews. The museum has a lot of interesting material, and the additional... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We did not take a guided tour, but we might do that, if we return. A place with that much history ought to be guided. It is a wonderful place though just to walk around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a highlight of our trip to Venice. Even though we saw the ghetto on a Saturday, a holy day when there are no tours and things are closed, it was well worth going. We saw the holocaust memorial and this alone made the excursion worthwhile. So very moving.

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Jerusalem
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The ghetto itself is not spectacular but there is a lovely small Jewish museum which gives the history of the oldest ghetto in the world. A tour of the synagogues in the area takes you into some beautiful synagogues. Only regret was that we visited only 3 of the 5 synagogues in the area

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Coming from the Stazione, we went straight here; I had missed it the previous visit in Venice, now I was determined not to. The Jewish quarter is not only the Campo, but the area around as well. The houses in the campo seem to be the least well kept in town, you almost have the feeling they'll crumble. Or their... More 

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The term Ghetto as applied to Jewish people started here. The term meant iron works, or factory and the Jewish population were confined in this area. The word 'Ghetto' was thus associated with a confined population (Jewish in particular). We visited a synagogue, strolled through the area, took in the holocaust memorial wall, and observed daily life in an area... More 

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Saltillo, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I don't know why but this is one of my favorite spots in Venice. As its name refers it is/was the jewish Ghetto and you still find around there the Sinagogue and several kosher restaurants, some of them very good! Walking around and getting lost in the Ghetto has a very special charm!

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Staying in Cannaregio

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Cannaregio
Cannaregio is the second largest sestiere (district) with its busy Santa Lucia train station. Many transplanted Venetians commute from the outlying areas, “terra firma” to the locals, which is shorthand for any place that is not Venice. Two Grand Canal bridges serve Cannaregio, the newest (Constitution, 2008) still a local hotbed of controversy. Ponte degli Scalzi is a busy link to the train station. Nearby shops on the Lista di Spagna offer specialties like pastries and coffee that lure Venetians with a down-to-earth attitude. The Ghetto, where the Jewish population was segregated in Cannaregio, has five historic synagogues with an active Jewish community. The Fondamente Nove bustles with foot traffic to the Rialto and San Marco while vaporettos (water taxis) head to Murano and other islands. Side streets lead into quiet picturesque neighborhoods and palaces like Ca' d'Oro rise directly out of the water.