The former Jewish ghetto and its workshops

The layout of Bologna's 16th century ghetto can still be precisely traced amid the narrow streets in the medieval heart of the city: here, a maze of alleys, covered bridges and small windows tells the story of a whole community forced to live in a specific area of the town by order of the Papal State beginning from 1556. In Bologna, Jews lived in the ghetto until 1569, when they were expelled for the first time. In 1586, they were allowed to come back to town and lived here again until 1593, year of their final expulsion: 900 people left Bologna and no Jewish community was allowed into town for more than two centuries.

Entrances to the Jewish quarter were opened in the morning, sealed at dusk and constantly watched: one entrance was at the beginning of via de' Giudei, a second one at the intersection between via del Carro and via Zamboni, a third one in via Oberdan, where an arch looks onto vicolo Mandria.

The ghetto is undoubtedly one of the most charming areas in town enlivened with artisan workshops and encircled by palaces which belonged to rich Jewish merchants and bankers. The itinerary is dotted with the historical workshops identified in the census taken by the Province of Bologna.

 

 

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Via De' Giudei

Via De' Giudei

The ghetto is an ideal place for a relaxing stroll through its peaceful and hidden alleys, starting from via de' Giudei, which was the entrance for people coming from piazza di Porta Ravegnana.

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Via dell'Inferno

Via dell'Inferno

Via dell'Inferno was the main artery where many twisted streets ended: via de' Giudei, vicolo di S. Giobbe, vicolo Mandria, via del Carro and via Valdonica.

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Casa Buratti

Casa Buratti

The most important religious building in the ghetto is Buratti House, the ancient seat of the synagogue (via dell'Inferno, 16): it was built  in the mid-1800s and it was heavily restored in 1955 after being seriously damaged by the war.

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Uguzzoni Tower

Uguzzoni Tower

In order to have the most striking view of the tower, we suggest taking via San Simone from via Oberdan and turning into vicolo Mandria on your right.

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Piazzetta Marco Biagi

Piazzetta Marco Biagi

Piazzetta Marco Biagi is located in the Jewish ghetto, between via dell'Inferno and piazza San Martino.

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Piazza San Martino

Piazza San Martino

The square of the ghetto can be divided into three different areas: two of them overlook onto via Valdonica and via Marsala respectively, and the third one is the yard of San Martino church.

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Museo Ebraico

Museo Ebraico

Opened on May 9th, 1999, the Jewish Museum of Bologna (MEB, Museo Ebraico di Bologna) was established with the aim of preserving, studying and promoting the rich cultural Jewish heritage deeply rooted in Bologna as well as other places in Emilia Romagna.

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Voltone di Palazzo Manzoli-Malvasia

Voltone di Palazzo Manzoli-Malvasia

The only original entrance to the former ghetto which still exixts today is the vault connecting San Donato church (18th century) to the ancient Manzoli-Malvasia palace built over the remains of a 13th century house, of which only a few door arches remain.

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Other Jewish venues

The Synagogue

The Synagogue

Towards the end of the 18th century the Jewish community slowly  began to come back to Bologna, from where it had been expelled in 1593.

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Palazzo Bocchi

Palazzo Bocchi

This building owned by Achille Bocchi (1488 – 1562) of Bologna, a humanist writer, was opened in 1546 after a project by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and soon became the seat of his Hermatena Academy.

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Lapidi Ebraiche

Lapidi Ebraiche

The first Jewish cemetery in Bologna, located between the Baraccano church and the church of San Pietro Martire, was closed in 1569 after the expulsion of the Jews from the town.

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Casa Sforno

Casa Sforno

This building was home, private oratory and bank of the Jewish Sforno family coming from Barcelona that moved to Bologna in the 15th century.

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The Ghetto workshops

Martino Design

Martino Design

Located in the former Jewish ghetto, Chiara Melandri’s comprehensive interior design shop designs and produces objects, imports furnishings designed by internationally famous artists and budding designers, and creates, redesigns and gives new life to personalised spaces.

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Cosetta Corticelli Calzature

Cosetta Corticelli Calzature

The Corticelli family has a long professional tradition in the production of shoes made to measure. The grandfather, Adolfo, was already working as a shoemaker in 1929 and he passed the art of shoemaking to his son Otello. From a very young age Cosetta developed a passion for this highly creative artisan trade while assisting her father.

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Arteggiando

Arteggiando

“Arteggiando”, owned by Francesca Taino and Monica Chiarini, is located in this area of the city that is a centre of artisan trades and design.

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La Tarlatana

La Tarlatana

The engraving and printing workshop “La Tarlatana” overlooks via De’ Giudei at the entrance to the former Jewish ghetto.

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Atelier Gabriele Piccioni

Atelier Gabriele Piccioni

For fifty years Gabriele Piccioni has been designing and tailoring made-to-measure suits with perfect style and fine details.

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Crete - pièce unique

Crete - pièce unique

“Crete – pièce unique” is a place dedicated to ceramic design offering unique designer articles, furnishings and jewellery by young artists often presented together with works by acclaimed internationally famous artists.

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Pekora Nera

Pekora Nera

A craftsmen’s workshop for the production of leather and fabric bags, unique articles or limited editions, in addition to accessories and jewellery: earrings, bracelets and necklaces graced with pearls and other materials such as wood and leather.

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Il Tinello

Il Tinello

A small cosy restaurant in the heart of Bologna, just a short walk from the two towers, since the 1950s ‘Il Tinello’ has served typical dishes of Bologna which are much appreciated by the regular clientele of the city.

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Galleria Spazia

Galleria Spazia

Established in the nineteen eighties by Marco Bottai in the university area, the “Galleria Spazia” has concentrated on Abstractism with special interest in that of the fifties.

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Studio Conservazione e Restauro di via dell'Inferno

Studio Conservazione e Restauro di via dell'Inferno

The experience gained in the workshop of Maria Cristina Vignale concluded in 2006 with Elisa Mattei and Elena Dalle Donne taking over the business located in the former Jewish ghetto of the city.

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Vecchio Metodico

Vecchio Metodico

Behind the window of the typical alcove style of old shops, “Vecchio Metodico” is a workshop in which two projects have co-existed and continue to evolve.

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Nuova Bottega del Luzzo

Nuova Bottega del Luzzo

In tribute to her long experience gained in Guido Selva’s shop in via del Luzzo, Adriana Biondi opened her workshop with the name “Nuova Bottega Del Luzzo” in 2002 in the former Jewish ghetto of the city.

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La Calzoleria Max e Gio

La Calzoleria Max e Gio

Working with leather and skin to produce handmade shoes made to measure believing that ‘every foot is unique’ is the philosophy behind “La Calzoleria di Max e Gio”.

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Ditta Casagrande Tigrino

Ditta Casagrande Tigrino

From the heart of the ‘Quadrilatero’, where in 1937  Tigrino took over the historic jeweller’s (founded in 1903 by Marcello Bertolotti), the shop relocated to via dell’Inferno in the former Jewish ghetto.

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Atelier Il Bagatto

Atelier Il Bagatto

“Il Bagatto”, which opened in the city in 1970, makes evening wear and formal dress articles for men and women in addition to restoration of antique crochet, lace, curtains and antique clothing, embroidery by hand on canvas and silk, repairs and reconditioning of fur and leather articles.

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