THE VENETIAN GHETTO,
EUROPE’S FIRST “GHETTO”
The Ghetto of Venice, is Europe’s first “ghetto,” the ancient Jewish quarter in the center of the city. Its origins and historical events have made it glamorous over time, with its tall buildings in warm and welcoming colors overlooking wide spaces, surrounded by canals.
Its uniqueness is due to its five synagogues. Two of them are open to public and private tours and are currently in use for religious services and ceremonies. The Ghetto area still houses all the religious and administrative institutions of the Jewish Community of Venice.
No traveler or tourist coming to Venice can fail to visit this small but unique universe and trace its fascinating history. For almost three centuries, Jewish life animated the Ghetto, and Jews interacted with the city contributing with their prolific activities to the life and economy of the Serenissima.
A visit to the Ghetto will give visitors an opportunity to gain knowledge of the history, customs and traditions of the Jews in Venice.
The Venetian Ghetto has five synagogues, each with its own unique distinguishing features and peculiarities.
A story of the memories of a community that has lived on the islands in the lagoon for centuries and that is an integral part of the long history of Venice
5 November 2023 – 29 March 2024:
Sunday to Thursday 10am – 5.30pm; Friday: 9am – 3pm
30 March 2024 – 4 November 2024:
Sunday to Thursday 10am – 6pm; Friday: 9am – 3.30pm
The ticket office shuts 45 minutes before closing time
Ghetto complex closed on
Saturdays and Jewish holidays, 1 January, 25 December.
The Ghetto and its historic buildings may be visited using a special APP or on guided tours with specific time slots.