Venice and the Jewish community

The jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio

Cannaregio is a lovely quiet residential area of Venice, less crowded than the main tourist sights but full of interesting architecture and history. A pleasant stroll here will reveal that Venice has much more to offer than St Mark’s Square. 

Walking with your guide, you will visit the small beautiful church of Madonna Dell’Orto (know as Tintoretto’s church), you will see the Campo dei Mori and the house of the Arab merchants, whose stories will suprise you, you will meet lots of local people still using the traditional dialect to talk to each other, old ladies out for groceries, children playing in the streets and students running to their lessons.

Also, in the heart of this “sestiere” was created by the Serenissima in 1516 the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. All the Jewish people in Venice were forced to leave their homes wherever in the city and move to this area, where they could practice very few activities. The ghetto was connected to the rest of the city by bridges with gates, which were closed at sunset. You will learn how they used to live, pray and work. Their life was totally different from any other Jewish at that time, and it went on like this up until 1797, when the ghetto gates were demolished by Napoleonic army.

You will also have the chance to visit the museum and the synagogues; the visit to the synagogues can be done only with one of the guides of the ghetto following a specific schedule and it will be a group tour (extra tickets to be purchased on the spot).

Campo dei Mori

Campo dei Mori

The jewish Ghetto

Pastry in Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto

Church of Madonna dell'Orto

Church of Madonna dell'Orto

Interior of the Church of Madonna dell'Orto

Church of Madonna dell?orto

Church of Madonna dell'Orto

Jewish Ghetto

Campo dei Mori - merchant statue

Jewish Ghetto - Scuola del Canton (corner School)

Jewish Ghetto - the German Synagogue

Jewish Ghetto

Scuola grande spagnola - Spanish Synagogue

Campo dei Mori - merchant statue