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Campo del Ghetto

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Cannaregio
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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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Wonderful area

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.

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

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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Well hidden, but easy to find the tour and museum once you find the old Ghetto and look for the bookstore behind the green door! The Chabad library is 2 doors down! We visited the 3 synagogues (all are hidden upstairs from the street)! Beautifully preserved and the tour was very informative, but it was a shame the tour guide... More 

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Kent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I was very interested to see this area of Venice and to learn about the history of the people. The synagogues we went to were so interesting. However, the tour was spoiled for me by the unfriendliness of the tour guide. She looked bored and resentful at having to show us around. Worse, we had a lady in the group... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

Be sure to take the tour. We visited three of the five synagogues in the ghetto. These are only accessible with the tour. Very interesting tour. .

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orange county california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This area is off the beaten path, thus it retains a charm and quiet that reminds one of the old Venice. Around the Campo, note the Hebrew inscriptions on the walls, and take a tour if the four remaining rooftop synagogues still in existence. There are some charming shops and restaurants too,!

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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.