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Locanda del Ghetto

A hotel in Venice's historic Jewish quarter

The Venetian Ghetto has long been a popular destination for Jewish tourists and for visitors with an interest in Venice's religious and social history. In 1516, the Ghetto-- named after the ghetto, or foundry, that once stood on the site--was built to placate the Roman Catholic Church, which had ordered the expulsion of Jews from many areas of Europe. (See our illustrated article about the Venetian Ghetto.)

Until recently, the Ghetto lacked a hotel, but now the Locanda del Ghetto offers a place to stay on the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, one of the most pleasant and interesting neighborhood squares in Venice. The locanda occupies a 15th Century building that it shares with a synagogue and the city's Jewish Museum, and two restaurants--including Gam Gam, a kosher restaurant--are nearby.

Locanda del Ghetto photo

ABOVE: The Locanda del Ghetto shares a building with a synagogue and the Museo Ebraico.

We haven't stayed in the hotel, but it has favorable guest reviews from Venere, and the location is extremely convenient if you're coming from the railroad station. (See the detailed map in Adobe PDF format.) Prices are reasonable by Venice standards and include a traditional Italian breakfast of rolls, croissants, and coffee.

For more information, visit the Locanda del Ghetto's Web site. To check current discount rates without having to submit personal data, see Venere's Locanda del Ghetto pages.

Related article:
Venice's Ghetto

Photo: Venere.