Exploring Jewish Venice & Cannaregio
Time Magazine calls the Venice Ghetto one of the world's 100 most important places
Step out of Venice's station and take a turn to the left. Walk from here towards the Rialto Bridge and you'll be passing through Cannaregio.
Now most people do exactly that, they walk on in a desperate rush to get to the Rialto Bridge, cross into San Marco and explore touristy Venice. That really is a shame because Cannaregio (click for our guide) has a lot of secrets to share with you.
One of my favorite "secrets" is the Ghetto, the home of Jewish Venice. This area and the surrounding streets are fascinating and still have the feel of a small town with few tourists around and mostly locals going about their business. You'll find some interesting little shops too, unlike the shops in San Marco which are all filled with tourist souvenirs.
Despite Time Magazine rating the ghetto so highly people fail to visit, they seem to think that only Jewish folk would be interested. That's a mistake, I'm Roman Catholic and love exploring here and you'll always feel welcome. This is one of the friendliest parts of Venice, maybe because they don't see many tourists. Whatever the reason they'll always appreciate you showing an interest in their neighborhood.
If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Ghetto then grab yourself a copy of the excellent Ghetto of Venice .
A Great Place to Stay
Cannaregio is one of the best places to stay in Venice as well, way more affordable than San Marco and with some great value authentic restaurants like La Vedova. Anyway San Marco is just a bridge, the Rialto Bridge, away.
If you do decide to stay then how about a restored Monastery? It's a hotel now but it's still is packed full of charm and history - you can get all the details here.
If you enjoy the photos please feel free to share them and click like below...
A little store that is just a short way before the Ghetto. Some of these little lanes are too lovely for words and often I seem to be the only person exploring - even in June and July.
Around the ghetto there are many shops selling traditional Jewish foods. Most of the time I have no idea what I'm ordering but it is always delicious.
This is right in the Ghetto and it is amazing how many of the cramped and tiny homes have been restored and transformed by the simple splash of color a flowerbox or two can bring.
This was taken around ten minutes walk from the Ghetto in Cannaregio. These narrow little streets are typical of the area. We were in a big rush to get to a shop and to get out of the rain, which started about two minutes after this photo was taken.
Isn't this touching? I always find these so beautiful and this one is very near the station - just before the ghetto.
You'll Enjoy These...
These are some of the loveliest photographs of Venice and Italy that I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning is the only way to describe them...enjoy!
Venice in Summer is a wonderful place to be. Colorful flower boxes add a splash of red while the gondolas ply their way up canals sparkling aquamarine in the summer sunshine.
Of all the canals of Venice the Grand Canal is the greatest - perhaps the most beautiful avenue in the world. A little strange it may be, an avenue of water, yet lined with some of the greatest...
Easter in Venice is wonderful, there's a special feeling in the air and Easter is still celebrated in the traditional way. Be a part of it - click for more.
Castello in Venice is a get away from the theme park feel of St. Marks Square. In some ways this is small town Italy, old ladies gossiping in the squares and...
All you need to know about flights to Venice Italy and an insider guide to the beautiful cities of Venice and Verona. However you get here make sure you do. Everyone should see Venice and Verona.
San Giacomo in Venice is a little known church - just the type of place I love. Our site is full of such places...
The Metropole Hotel in Venice has a perfect location, right on St. Marks Square and it is billed as one of the most romantic hotels in Venice. Is this really the case? Find out...
Visiting Venice? Want to explore a little of the wonderful Veneto region in which Venice is located? Then our Veneto & Venice Itinerary is just what you need.
Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...
Venice vacation rentals, the best way to really live the city & feel like a local. I love going to the outdoor market, coming home laden with local produce & great wine to cook up a pasta dish.
Venice is not only the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square. There is a whole lot more. Join me, Maria, exploring the Venetian wonders few ever discover.
The Cheap Flights to Venice Italy guide helps you to find the best and most economical way of getting to Venice or Verona
A collection of good photos of Venice and Verona. I hope you enjoy this album featuring the most beautiful city on earth.
Looking for a flight to Venice or Verona? Our guide is essential reading. From anywhere in Europe or the USA we have your best options.
There's so much to see in Venice Italy that you can become overwhelmed. Before you despair, here is the list of the 6 sights you absolutely must see...
The ItalyMammaMia Blog shares news, beautiful Italian places, recipes and travel advice. We've videos and essential information for planning your next trip to Italy.
When the crowds of Venice start getting on your nerves and your mood turns grey that's when you need to color your life bright... with a little Burano.
Which are the best three and four star hotels in Venice Italy? These are my picks. I include only hotels which I can recommend with confidence.
Arriving by train via Verona, in the early morning we spent the entire day in Venice escaping into the whimsical magic of Venice. It didn’t take us long to get lost in Venice’s many twist and turns...
Gondolas inside and out, piles of books, cats everywhere and a fire escape that involves jumping into a canal. This is the Acqua Alta Bookshop
Shopping in Venice is wonderful but you can get lost in a maze of souvenir shops. You'll avoid that if you know where to go. Discover the best shopping...
Great advice on how to avoid the crowds if you are visiting Venice in July and some wonderful ideas on things to do.
St Marks Basilica is enchanting. Its Byzantine design seems more Istanbul than Venice, while inside the sense of heavenly light descending through the darkness below is...
Looking for a good value hotel in Venice? We discovered a fantastic one this summer; great value and right by the Rialto Bridge
Please Book with Us... Maria here, if you enjoy my site I'd love your support.
Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) via the link below or with any of the hotel links on the website.
You'll get the best deal available and the income I receive helps me to remain independent and to keep bringing you more of beautiful Italy.
Click to Begin
More Travel Tips:
- Book your tickets to museums and other attractions in advance on Tiqets.com
- Book your accommodation. Booking.com and Agoda both help you to book accommodation in advance and check availability on the days of your travels
- Book your excursions. Wherever you go, make the most of your time! Excursions with professional guides will help you do this - choose a location and the best option for yourself on Viator or Getyourguide
- Book your car. At least a month before is best. Use Discover Car Hire.
- Cash Back on Flights: Great deals & money back with WayAway
- Get Insured with TravelInsurance.com
New! CommentsHave your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.