Early morning Venice before the masses take to the streets and waterways.
Typical scene on the canals throughout Venice.
People can fill their bottles or jugs... and, the bucket is for pets or birds.
This is very near the Jewish ghetto. It is very common for people to grow flowers on the window sills since they don't have yards or gardens.
The Jewish quarters of the great European capitals were testaments to the diversity and richness of Jewish life. Venice Jewish ghetto was one of Europe's first established in 1516 in the Cannaregio district.
The Scuola Grande Tedesca built 1520s for German Jews who brought their Ashkenazi traditions to the Mediterranean.
The exterior of the synagogues could bear no resemblance to Jewish house of worship because of the lavish interiors.
One of the four families was the Fano family, who funded its construction, and may have served the Provençal Jewish community.
The families from southern France and showcases a Torah ark with gilded carvings and wood panels depicting the book of Exodus.
Because I liked the picture.
The women's section.
There is a small area on the carved wood balcony that was for older women who could not climb the stairs to the women's section.
The Scola Levantina Ark.
Scola Levantina bimah. This synagogue was financed by Moses Montifiore.
Scuola Spagnola founded by Jews expelled from the Iberian peninsula in 1490s and reached Venice in 1550s. It is open for services from Passover until the end of the High Holiday season.
Holocaust Memorial dedicated to Vential Jews who perished in the camps. It was donated by Arbit Blatis.
The exterior of the synagogues could bear no resemblance to Jewish house of worship. Synagogue were recognized for their 5 windows representing the five books of Torah.
Scola Canton from the back. The dome on the top is a skylight over the bimah.
The Renaissance Scuola Italiana.
The Banco Rosso is the oldest Jewish pawnshop born in the oldest Ghetto existing in the world. Rates were low enough to attract the poor. The slogan In The Red comes from the use of RossoRed in the name.
The Grand Canal (Train station on the right).
Back of a wealthy merchants house (called palace). Servants enter through the back courtyard and use the circular staircase.