Discover one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world, and the rich Jewish heritage it has to offer. While few Jews remain today in Venice, during the Renaissance the Venetian Ghetto was teeming with cultural life. The word “Ghetto” itself, in fact, probably originates from here, a neighborhood once full of foundries where bronze cannons were cast - "gettare" in Italian. The heart of this neighborhood are its synagogues, the oldest of which is the Ashkenazi Scuola Tedesca , built in 1528 , while the Scuola Levantina (1538) and Scuola Ponentina (1580) were for Sephardics. You’ll also learn about the history of Venetian Jews at the fascinating Jewish Museum of Venice, which contains a rare collection of torahs, manuscripts and ritual objects to admire. Going from the beautiful to the tragic, we shall walk past the Casa di Riposa building, where you will see Holocaust memorials on both sides, designed by sculptor Arbit Blatas. One of the monuments is a bronze panel depicting the Last Train, while the other monument has bronze reliefs that show the Nazi brutality against the Jews. Nearby we’ll also visit an old outdoor Matzo oven, which is still in use today. You will conclude your tour with a snack in a nearby Kosher bakery.
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