Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 18, 2015

In the ghetto

Like many Italian cities, PadovaΒ Β had a thriving Jewish community. It was established in the heart of the historic centre of the city near Piazza delle Erbe.

Toward the middle of the 14th century numbers of Jewish people from Rome, Pisa, Bologna and Ancona established themselves as money lenders. The statutes of the community were liberal and the population tolerant. A synagogue was built and a cemetery laid out.

Things changed in later centuries and a ghetto was established in 1602. It continued until 1797 when the people were liberated by the French military.

Now the area has been transformed into a beautiful shopping and restaurant district. Come for a walk…

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

I found a home decorating shop where I was sorely tempted to buy dozens of things for Casa Debbio.

Jewish quarter Padova

Jewish quarter Padova

The assistant was delightful and allowed me to photograph some of the beautiful collection to share with you.

Padova is a great place to visit. The city centre is a maze of narrow streets just waiting to be explored.


  1. You find the best places!

  2. another lovely town. The decorator store is beautiful

    • Padova is a great place to visit. I will be back!

  3. I loved visiting the Jewish ghetto in Rome. So interesting to see the different ones around Italy.

    • This area in Padova is lovely, I’m pleased I found it.

  4. I love it when you say “come for a walk” – if I were a child you would be my favourite-est Aunt! Also, I would have egged you on in that beautiful shop.

    • I enjoy my walks.

  5. Very interesting spot. The only Jewish quarter I have visited in Italy, was in Venice about 35 years ago, than a very small and quiet kind of hidden neighbor hood.

    • I have been to the one in Venice. I found it quite sad. You can still see the places where people were shut in.

  6. It’s on my Italy ‘wish to see list’. Thinking of you and v. Good wishes for the Xmas season. Happy 2016.

    • Padova is well worth a visit. I really liked the city.

  7. We are planning to go to Padova next year. It has been a long time since our last visit. We will follow your advice. Thank you, Debra.

    • I’m sure you will love Padova as much as I did.

  8. I stayed in Padova rather than in Venice. I liked it a lot and the train connection is so easy.

    • It could be a good idea to stay in Padova and do day trips to Venice. It is very close.

  9. Buon Natale a tutti!

    • Grazie! Lucky you, being in Venice.

      • That’s for sure! It’s mighty hot back in Victoria, where I now live, I see. πŸ™

  10. lol Debra, in the midst of writing my Padova Christmas piece for my own blog I just saw this entry of your. Beautiful – made me very nostalgic – love this area too and also the interior deco shop – lovely staff, as you said. There has never been a visit of ours to Italy without first stopping over in Padova – we love this place and as Andrew P said, Venice is just 30 mins away by train. Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas. Carina L)

    • I have another post to do on Padova, probably and overview. I think it is one of the most underrated cities in Italy. I will return.
      Have a wonderful Christmas.

  11. Lovely as always Debra and the shop is wonderful! I love the lime green blanket in the window.

    • I loved it too…I bought it.

      • Lucky you! I would go crazy if I lived in Europe as I find the products so much better than the US. I love these kinds of special boutique places. Australia has a lot of great stuff too but I haven’t been in years. Happy Holidays!

  12. Happy Christmas time ,Debra!πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΎβ€

    • Happy Christmas to you too. It is hot and steamy here…I wish I was in Italy right now.

      • Thank you😍❀️ it’s hot here too to be Christmas but it’s fine to stroll in the streets with this weatherπŸ˜‰ where will you spend it?

      • I am in Brisbane and we will be at home on Christmas Day.

      • Enjoy Brisbane! just met yesterday in Florence some friends from there πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ˜€

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