Did you know the world's first ghetto was established in Venice? Actually, did you know that the word "ghetto", in Italy, actually means the area Jewish people live in? Has nothing to do with anything discriminatory, as I also originally thought when reading the news! The first ghetto in the world is now 500 years old and, to celebrate history, the area gets a multi-million pound makeover (as the telegraph reports). The Jewish museum in Venice will be redesigned, the 5 synagogues will be restored and it will all be done "in order to revitalise the area and better tell the story of Jews in Venice". The articles I quoted is actually pretty interesting, it tells the story about how the gheto came to be and how the Jews were treated in the 1500's. For instance, "the Ghetto was enclosed by walls, with gates locked at midnight by Christian guards and reopened at dawn". So, yeah, it must have been pretty awful for them back then... but history is history, and they're now thinking of renovating everything in the area and make it more accessible to the public.