Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

With a profusion of domes and over 8000 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's cathedral is an unforgettable sight. It was founded in the 9th century to house the corpse of St Mark after wily Venetian merchants smu…
Top Choice Jewish Site in Cannaregio

The Ghetto

In medieval times this part of Cannaregio housed a getto (foundry). But it was as the designated Jewish quarter from the 16th to 19th centuries that the word acquired a whole new meaning. In accordance with the Vene…
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Canton

The Schola Canton was built circa 1531, with gilded rococo interiors added in the 18th century. Though European synagogues typically avoid figurative imagery, this little synagogue makes an exception to the rule wit…
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Tedesca

The Schola Tedesca has been the spiritual home of Venice’s Ashkenazi community since 1528. By 16th-century Venetian law, only the German Jewish community could lend money, and the success of this trade shows in the …
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Spagnola

The Ghetto's largest synagogue was founded by Portuguese and Spanish refugees around 1580. Its current grand incarnation, dating from the 17th century, shows just how Venetian the community had become, incorporating…
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Italiana

The wooden cupola of the 1575 Italian Synagogue protrudes above private apartments at the centre of the Ghetto's main square. The Italians were the poorest in the Ghetto, and their synagogue is starkly beautiful, wi…
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Levantina

Sometimes called the Turkish Synagogue, the Schola Levantina was founded in 1541 as the first to serve the Ghetto's Sephardic community. Its renovated 17th-century interiors are often attributed to Baldassare Longhe…