The first Jewish Ghetto was established in 1516 after it was decreed all Jews in Venice were to live in one small designated area.

While residing in cramped and undesirable conditions, Venetian Jews continued to contribute to the Republic's society and economy. Known and desired for their banking skills, the role Jews played in the city state's commercial activities gave rise to Shakespeare's inspiration for The Merchant of Venice.

Matt walks through the neighborhood with Isaac, a local tour guide, to get a taste of life behind the gated community all those centuries ago.

(This video was filmed in October, 2019, one week before the most devastating flooding Venice endured in a century.)

Tour Guide: Isaac.

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