Ghetto : Michelin's recommendations
A strange atmosphere reigns in this neighborhood with buildings taller than all the rest in Venice; it exudes a lot of emotion. Perhaps this is due to everything the word Ghetto evokes, a word that was once used simply and innocently to name a neighborhood in Venice where the Jews lived. It is not less true for this place as for others, that the Jews were soon forced to live only in this Ghetto that it became a ghetto... This is why the buildings are so tall, the vertical space available used to deal with demographics. And here, like elsewhere, they were locked into their neighborhood at night and didn't have the right to have certain professions: second-hand clothes dealers, doctors and bankers. Today not much is left of this unfortunate past (thank goodness!) in the Ghetto in Venice. You will experience a certain atmosphere, simply and discretely pointed out here and there by Hebraic characters, by an Oriental bakery, a Kosher bakery, synagogues located inside apartment buildings, which are only given away by five windows on the upper floors (in other words, just like the Torah has five books) and the lanterns placed on top of the roofs. Five synagogues survive today: the Spanish, the Levantine, the German, the Italian and the Canton synagogue (which has nothing to do with China!).