guided tour to the ancient Jewsih cemetery

WHERE: the Old Jewish Cemetery on the Venice Lido

NATURE OF ACTIVITY: guided tour

THEME: stories of Jewish life in Venice

DURATION: 1 hour

TARGET SCHOOLS: First and second grade secondary schools

DESCRIPTION:

A historical /artistic stroll through a place of enchantment.

“Every cemetery is a mirror” wrote Primo Levi and this one on the Lido certainly reflects the presence of the Jews – rabbis, literati, poetesses, merchants, nobles and commoners – who lived in Venice before and during their segregation in the Ghetto.

They came from Central Europe, from other parts of Italy, from the Iberian peninsula and the Levant, and fragments of their lives are narrated by the headstones decorated with coats of arms, religious symbols, Jewish iconography, epitaphs. Readings and stories will supplement the itinerary.

AIMS:

To cast light on the stories of the Jews who lived in Venice before and during the Ghetto centuries, through the ornamental friezes and epitaphs that decorate the gravestones of the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Cost (only during the months of April, May June, September and October): €6 per student.

Educational activities are designed for a minimum of 15 students per class up to a maximum of 25 students. 2 accompanying adults are allowed free entry, plus carers, where appropriate, for small or disabled children and those with learning difficulties.