walking tour of the ghetto in Venice

Old Apr 13th, 2003, 07:23 PM
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walking tour of the ghetto in Venice

Has anyone done such a tour? I hear it is realy worthwhile. Could anyone recommend a guide to take us around this part of Venice? Or how we could go about finding such a person ourselves?

Thanks so much!!
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 12:39 AM
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There are multi-lingual guides doing the guided tour of the major synagogues in the Ghetto area and it is a very interesting visit. The ticket office is at the entrance of one of the major synagogues on the central square. Very easy to find.
The area itself is relatively small, so you can also walk around at your convenience.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 02:55 AM
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Thanks so much Joelle! I will do that.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 05:10 AM
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Hi off2,

I think you will find this helpful.

http://www.jewishvenice.org/ghetto/museum.html
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Agree with the multi-language guides at the entrance to the main synagogue. The area is relatively small and very easy to walk about. It is also very moving.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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As Ira suggests, go to website - http://www.jewishvenice.org/ghetto/museum.html

The Ghetto's Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum) offers a tour explaining the history of the Jews of Venice. The tour also takes you inside a few of the five Synagogues which you are otherwise unable to enter.

There's a kosher restaurant, Gam-Gam's -http://www.jewishvenice.org/services/shabbat.html and hostess/owner of restaurant is married to the Rabbi (or at least when I was there in Oct-2000). The website has info on shabbos services if you'll be there at that time of week.



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We did the tour in 2000, it was wonderful! While on the tour a few of the folks had yarmulkes (from their childrens weddings/bar mitzvahs) for the synagogues. Supposedly brings good luck to leave them behind! We are going again this summer and will bring our extra wedding yarmulkes. Enjoy!
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Don't know if you noticed on the website that Ira provided there's a Jewish cemetery on Lido that can be visited. Here's more info http://www.archipelago.org/vol2-3/lido.htm
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Hi
The tour as described above is informative and painless. Not all of the synagogues are open to visitors all the time, but you should get to see three of the five.

For even more information:
www.doge.it/ghetto/indexi.htm
www.ghetto.it
www.writing.org/v click on the Jewish ghetto article

http://goeurope.about.com/travel/goeurope/library/planner/blp_venice_jewish.htm

For some photos of the Ghetto: www.veniceword.com

A Ghetto shop for Judaica: David’s Shop
Another, better shop,for Judaica but priced accordingly: Gianfranco Penzo, 2895 Campo Ghetto Novo, on the corner. If the shop is closed, try knocking on the door of #2898, which is the workshop. Classic and art deco designs in glass.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 09:37 PM
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For all who took the time to post a reply; thanks!! I will be sure to pack an old wedding yarmulke (from '88!) and enjoy the Venice ghetto.
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