Campo de Gheto Novo - the main square of the "original" Ghetto, the Jewish district of Venice, Italy.
The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live under the Venetian Republic. The English term "ghetto" is an Italian loanword, which actually comes from the Venetian word "gheto", slag, and was used in this sense in a reference to a foundry where slag was stored located on the same island as the area of Jewish confinement. An alternative etymology is from Italian borghetto
, diminutive of borgo
The Ghetto is an area of the Cannaregio sestiere of Venice, divided into the Ghetto Nuovo ("New Ghetto"), and the adjacent Ghetto Vecchio ("Old Ghetto"). These names of the ghetto sections are misleading, as they refer to an older and newer site at the time of their use by the foundries: in terms of Jewish residence, the Ghetto Nuovo is actually older than the Ghetto Vecchio. (Text based on Wikipedia).
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