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Presumed portrait of Sara Copio Sullam.

Copio Sullam Sara

Also known as the beautiful Jew, she was a poetess in the 17th century Venetian Ghetto, admired and celebrated by many contemporary intellectuals for her culture and beauty.

Peoples
Church of San Rocco

Church of San Rocco

Places of worship
Procuratie nuove

Procuratie Nuove

Even today, one can sense the enormous power and profound respect that this place has: it was here that the offices of the authoritative Procurators of San Marco, who covered the important role of administering the territories of the Basilica, were...

Palaces
The bird's eye view of Venice by Jacopo de Barbari, 1500.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

This is certainly the best place to learn about Venetian and Veneto culture; it is especially important for its greek collection (one of the most important in the world), its Veneto manuscripts and for its rare Venetian editions. It is suffice to...

Libraries and bookstores
Persone mascherate in abito nero e maschera del medico della peste.

The Plague Doctor

Not a carnival costume but rather a symbol of death, used to remember how much pain and suffering the disease brought to Venice. The shape of the curved beak on the white mask quickly brings to mind the beak of a vulture, a bird notoriously...

Masks and faces
Quadro raffigurante alcune della maschere tipiche della commedia dell'arte. Artista anonimo.

The Know-it-all from Bologna: Doctor Balanzone

A know-it-all character who enchants people with his continuous talk; but soon after listening to him one realizes that his conversation is in reality, all smoke and mirrors. Well fed, plump, full of good humor and empty talk plagued by blunders, he...

Masks and faces
The Campo of the Ghetto Nuovo

The Campo of the Ghetto Nuovo

The Campo can be accessed directly from the Fondamenta degli Ormesini or the Fondamenta di Cannaregio. One of the two ​campi​ in the Venetian Ghetto, it is very large and almost always ​lively. It is certainly one of the hubs of the Cannaregio...

Fields
The Spanish Synagogue

The Spanish Synagogue

The largest and most famous Venetian Scola, whose façade blends in with the neighboring houses, was built by a large group of Spanish Jews (said to be more than a thousand people). The building, which is the only synagogue in the Venetian Ghetto...

Places of worship