Venice was one of the few cities in the past to have peaceful and commercial relations with the East, as evidenced by the famous book Il Milione by Marco Polo. Here in the city there are historical communities that have contributed with their culture to create the traditional dishes and also some typical words of the Venetian dialect.
Departing again from the railroad station and Piazzale Roma, you can continue straight ahead towards the Strada Nuova, the New Street, which owes its name to Napoleon Bonaparte: it was, in fact, one of the last streets built by the Emperor who, having to pass through the area with his horses, constructed a wide street which resembled a Parisian boulevard, Begin the tour with a short stop and imitate the local tradition with a “goto”, a drop, of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay at the Trattoria Vittoria. Passing over the Ponte delle Guglie bridge, easily recognizable for its “guglie”, or pinnacles at the initial and final point of the bridge, you will see on your right a piece of water from which you can enter into the oldest ghetto in Europe.
“Ghetto” in fact, is a Venetian word which indicates a foundry, the area in which the first Jewish families of the city settled. The Jews were one of the historic communities of the city and belonged to two large groups, those of Spanish origin who traded textiles and precious ointments with the Arab world and those of Geman origin, who traded in wood. If you arrive on a Saturday, you can see the lively community celebrate the Sabbath, the day of rest dedicated to God. The synagogues hidden behind these buildings, the highest in all of Venice, are splendid.