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Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, Cannaregio, Venice

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Pretty squares hide a history of suffering in the original Ghetto.

Venice’s Jews were confined to one island in the Cannaregio area of town in 1516. Previously the city’s iron had been cast – gettato – here: this is where the word ‘Ghetto’ came from.

Nowadays, I find it’s easy to forget the hardship in this pretty area of town with its echoing alleyways and peaceful squares. But the extra-tall houses tell a story of chronic over-crowding: when space got too tight, the hemmed-in community simply built upwards.

A visit to the Jewish Museum (Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, Cannaregio 2902B, 041 715359;; closed Sat, €8.50, €7 concessions) includes a tour of three synagogues.

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Museum, Neighbourhood / street, Religious site
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, Cannaregio, Venice
Months open:
All year round

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