Tour of the Ghetto Vecchio - the Jewish Ghetto
Jews have lived in Venice since the Middle Ages. Many
came as refugees while the Inquisition took place. The Venetian Republic
created Europe's first Jewish ghetto. It was overcrowded, and the Jews
were not permitted to leave the gates after dark. They were also heavily
taxed. Despite the hardships, the community thrived.
When you visit the Old Ghetto, be sure to stop at Gam Gam, the one Kosher restaurant open to the public. Its menu is both Israeli and Italian, the food is excellent, and the Hasidic staff speaks English.