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to the Campo Ghetto Nuovo from the Calle Farnese in Cannaregio.
Where to stay and dine
There are now two hotels on the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo:
Locanda del Ghetto
"Town House Suites 1st Category" property (the equivalent of a three-star
hotel) and has excellent guest ratings from
Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni has 14 one- to four-bed guest rooms
overlooking a canal or the campo. Shabbat meals are available, mikveh
baths are on the premises, and Wi-Fi is free in public areas.)
Gam Gam is a
kosher restaurant with Venetian, Italian and Israeli dishes on its extensive
menu. You can dine in or order kosher meals for takeout or delivery to your
hotel. (See our Gam-Gam restaurant review.)
Reaching the Ghetto
Walk or take the vaporetto (water bus)
to the Ponte delle Guglie/Ghetto stop on the
Fondamenta di Cannaregio, just above the Ponte delle Guglie bridge. You'll see a
low rectangular arched doorway next to the Gam Gam restaurant. Go through the
arch, and you'll be in the Ghetto Vecchio. Keep on walking to reach the larger
(and older) Ghetto Nuovo, where you'l also find the Jewish Community Museum.
Need clearer instructions? See
the map and directions for the old Al Faro, a
trattoria-pizzeria in the Ghetto Nuovo that closed in early 1998. (It later
reopened under new ownership.)
If you're coming on foot from the Piazza San Marco or Rialto,
you can turn right from the Rio Ter� S. Leonardo
or the Rio Ter� Farsetti and work your way toward the Calle Farnese and its
bridge (see photo above). Or, if you're coming from the
dell'Orto Church or its vaporetto stop, head west on the Fondamenta degli
Ormesini until you see a small footbridge leading to the Campo Ghetto Nuovo.
Virtual Jewish History Tour: Venice
Rebecca Weiner wrote this article for JewishVirtualLibrary.org.
Jewish Community of Venice
This page has basic information and a handful of Web links on past and current
Jewish life in Venice.
Ancient Jewish Cemetery at The Lido of Venice
Venice actually has two Jewish cemeteries on the Lido: one old, one new. The
older (and smaller) cemetery is said to be the oldest graveyard in Europe,
dating back to a time when Jews were buried in sand on the edges of the Venetian
Emissaries from the Lubavitcher Rebe in New York established a local chabad
in 1991; today, the community operates a rabbinical academy, a Jewish library, a
chabad house, the Gam Gam kosher restaurant (see below), and a Web site that
doesn't always work.
The Midwife of Venice
Roberta Rich's historical novel, which is
set in the Venetian Ghetto, has been published in the U.S., the UK, Canada,
Germany, and Turkey.
Related Venice for Visitors articles
The menu is Israeli and Italian, the staff is Hasidic, and the food is
first-rate at this kosher restaurant in the Ghetto Vecchio.
Locanda del Ghetto
If you're Jewish or simply have an interest in the Venetian Ghetto, try this newish hotel
on the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo.
Madonna dell'Orto Church
Tintoretto's parish church is generously decorated with his paintings, and
it's an easy (and pleasant) walk from the Ghetto Nuovo. At the nearby
stop, you can enjoy a view of the lagoon on your way back to the Piazza San
Marco, the railway station, or the Piazzale Roma.
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