Venetian Ghetto
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A short itinerary focused on the history of Europe's oldest ghetto

Scola Italiana
(by Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons)

(by Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons)

The Italian Scola was set up in 1575 by a community of Italian origin, the poorest in the ghetto. It is located in Campo Ghetto Novo, a little to the right of the Canton scola. Of all the synagogues in the ghetto, it is the simplest and most easily recognisable because of the five large windows that refer to the five books of the Torah. Moreover, the scola is famous for hosting sermons by the renowned Rabbi Leone Modena. 

In addition to these three synagogues, there are also the Levantine Scola and the Ponentine or Spanish School located in the Old Ghetto. 

Walking through the unique streets of Venice and observing this unique reality, one can better understand the past of the Ghetto, conceiving the vicissitudes of the people, the tenacity, and the perseverance of its inhabitants. Learning is what can honour us with the knowledge of others.

For further information and guided tours, it is possible to contact the Jewish Museum of Venice.


1. The origin of the name

2. The architecture

3. The economy

4. Synagogues

5. Scola Grande Tedesca

6. Scola Canton

7. Scola Italiana