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Things to do in Jewish Ghetto, Venice

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Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

See a side of Venice that is missed by most visitors on this walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto around the Cannaregio district.  Join a small-group tour on a leisurely stroll to see such landmarks as the Deportation Memorial, which has stories to deepen your understanding of Venice’s Jewish history. Start your Jewish Ghetto tour at the Cannaregio district, now a fascinating residential area in the northern part of the city. Learn about the historic Jewish influence the minute you enter this area as you see yellow signs in Hebrew and Italian directing you to the Synagogue.  This charming area is teeming with artisan workshops, galleries, shops, and delis and is best explored at a leisurely pace. Cross the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) which belies its name as it was founded as a fortified island in 1516. Hear how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated.  The resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high. Walk past the Deportation Memorial, the Levantine Synagogue, and the Jewish Museum of Venice on this captivating Jewish Ghetto Venice Tour.  One of the most significant highlights of your Jewish Ghetto Venice tour is a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice never get to see. Learn how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” Although only a small percentage of the present-day residents are Jewish, the district is awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants, and handicraft stores. This hidden niche of cultural life in Venice comes vividly to life as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice.

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

2. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, and more with your Venice museum pass. Glimpse into the past as you explore the treasures and cultural traditions across various museums and historic churches. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • Santa Maria Del Carmelo - I Carmini • San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

3. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

Venice: City Pass including Doge’s Palace & Public Transport

4. Venice: City Pass including Doge’s Palace & Public Transport

Make your trip to Venice easy with the Venice City Pass. Gain access to all of the city's greatest churches, museums, monuments, and more. Choose from multiple day passes and take the option of an extra public transport ticket as well. Hop on and off around the city, and enter wherever you like. Visit the Byzantine monuments of St. Mark's Square and venture inside the former palace of the dukes, Doge's Palace. Make your way into the Museo Correr, Ca'Rezzonico, Ca'Pesaro, Glass Museum, Natural History Museum, Mocenigo Palace, and many others. Take the challenge to see all 16 churches of the Chorus Curicuit such as Chiesa di Sata Maria del Giglio, Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Save some time at the end of your day and try your luck at the Venice Casino.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

5. Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the first Jewish Ghetto to ever exist during your time in Venice. Join your guide on an informative tour of the area and discover a lesser-known, but an incredibly beautiful and well-preserved district. Learn about the rich history of the neighborhood throughout the years. Meet your guide and explore the district of Cannaregio, with its quaint streets and bridges draped in laundry, an Italian custom. Learn why the Serenissima Republic forced the Jewish community to live under strict rules and how they lived here for centuries. Hear about the local origins of the word 'ghetto' and learn to recognize the hidden synagogues. Acquire an understanding of how the Holocaust affected this particular community and visit the oldest pawn shop in Venice to see why it's so special. End your journey at Fondamenta dei Ormesini, a lively area, perfect for a break or a meal.

Venice: Grand Canal Small Group Boat Tour

6. Venice: Grand Canal Small Group Boat Tour

Small Group Venice boat tours of the Grand Canal & minor canals of Venice provide the ideal sightseeing tours of the city of Venice for first-time visitors. One of our most popular sightseeing tour, the Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour offers our clients the opportunity to view the city from a completely different perspective. Escape the hordes of tourist to discover a relaxing and rewarding experience as you glide down the main street of Venice. You'll feel like a VIP on our small group boat tours of the Grand Canal. On all our Venice boat tours you'll travel in a luxurious motor-launch, limited to a maximum of 8/9 participants so that we should be able to guarantee that everyone sits outside to enjoy an intimate experience of the waterways of Venice while listening to the detailed commentary of your expert Venice tour guide. In the first part of these small group Venice boat tours, cruise down the Grand Canal at a relaxed pace with numerous photo opportunities as your friendly and knowledgeable guide introduces you to the splendid Palaces, Churches, Bridges and other Monumental buildings that line the main waterway of Venice. Learn the history and evolution of the main street of Venice, and be entertained by anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along this celebrated waterway. In the second part of these marvellous sightseeing tours of Venice, sit back and enjoy a delightful journey through the minor canals of Venice. In hidden Venice, as you travel through four of the city districts of Venice, you'll get a full overview of the city and enjoy picture postcard views of the most romantic parts of the city. These small group Venice boat tours start & finish at St. Mark’s square.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food and Wine Tour

7. Venice: Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food and Wine Tour

Admire the architecture of Venice’s historic Jewish Ghetto, one of the city’s timeless districts. Rich in culture and tradition, the district was the backdrop for scenes in A Merchant of Venice, a film starring Al Pacino. On this 4-hour excursion into the Cannaregio district, you’ll also see a number of canals, Gothic churches, a variety bridges, and other atmospheric sights. On this journey through time you’ll visit 6 restaurants for authentic tastes of Venice, including the famous Italian gelato! Venetians were the first coffee drinkers in Italy. Stop at an old coffee roaster to sample the locals’ favorite. Your leisurely walk will take you along the romantic walkways knows as fondamenta. See the Rabbi’s House and historic synagogues, and taste traditional Jewish-Venetian dishes such as sarde in saor and artichoke bottoms, accompanied by fine Kosher wine. Crossing the Rialto Bridge, the oldest of Venice’s 400 bridges, you’ll head for a true taste of Venice, eating where the locals and the gondoliers love to eat. Try superb risotto and pasta like you’ll find nowhere else! Visit an old bakery and sample the famous zaeti, buranelli, and other specialty biscuits and cakes. This exclusive food and art adventure continues into the evening. As you sip a glass of sparkling wine you’ll encounter another Venice, with its churches and palazzos mirrored in the shimmering waters of the canals.

Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

8. Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

Visit the popular area of Cannaregio district, located opposite to Castello and San Marco, close to the vibrant train station. This tour starts at Rialto. Proceed along Strada Nuova in order to reach Fondamenta della Misericordia, which is full of typical bars and restaurants. Continue to Campiello dei Mori, close to Tintoretto’s house and Madonna dell’Orto gothic church. Another street along a little canal will take you to the Jewish ghetto. Instituted on 29th March 1516, this is the most ancient Jewish ghetto in the world. Along the tour a professional guide will tell you all about the district's history and its unique places. This is a unique opportunity to discover a different Venice, far away from the overcrowded places of the city.

Venice: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

9. Venice: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

Enjoy a unique walk through the popular neighborhood of Cannaregio on the North-West side of Venice with a local guide. Visit the Jewish Ghetto and enjoy entry to the synagogue. Admire the picturesque canals of Cannaregio and hear the history behind each turn from your guide as you make your way to the Jewish Ghetto. Visit the monuments, palaces, and churches of one of the wealthiest areas of Venice: the famous Jewish Ghetto. Explore this area of Venice and learn all about Jewish heritage and history. “Ghetto” is a Venetian word meaning “foundry” because the Jewish quarter was built to replace a foundry. This name now means “Jewish District” all over the world. Here you can join a visit to the Jewish Synagogues with specialized guides.

Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

10. Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

When you know how to tell authentic eateries from tourist traps, Venetian food is a surprising delight. Learn what to eat and where to eat it on this expert-led guided tour. Your tour starts with sandwiches and coffee at a local cafe followed by an introduction to cicchetti, Venice’s signature tapas-like bites. The second stop of the morning is a family-run bar where you’ll enjoy two local favorites paired with a drink. Next, it’s time for an exploration of the famous Rialto fish market. With a local on hand to give you insider information, learn about one of Venice’s oldest industries and spot strange species you may not find at home. From there, it’s time for more food! Pop into a bright, friendly little shop for a street-food style take on Venetian seafood—made with products fresh from the market just steps away. After that, at the nearby Rialto produce market, you’ll extend your knowledge to include the seasonality of vegetables and locally produced specialties. Stop at a fresh fruit stand and taste incredible seasonal delights. Just a quick stroll away from the market, your next stop is another beloved cicchetti bar. You’ll enjoy a panino of your choice here and one of their best-selling spritzes. The fastest way to travel in Venice is by water. You'll hop on a gondola for a short ride to cross the famous Grand Canal with your guide en route to Cannaregio. Formerly the city’s Jewish Ghetto, today it’s where locals go to eat, drink and socialize. After disembarking from the gondola, you’ll make your way to a cozy modern bar to enjoy homemade risotto and a glass of wine. Your tour ends at an innovative gelateria tucked down a hidden side street. Cap off your morning on a delicious note with your choice of one of their creative flavors.

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What people are saying about Jewish Ghetto, Venice

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based on 497 reviews

silvia‘s very detailled knowledge and anecdotes of jewish history and the role they plaied in venice and the footprint they left will leave you impressed and enriched. thanks a lot silvia for sharing your passion and time with us. all the best, andreas

The guide Sandra was very knowledgeable and responsive to questions from the group. It was a great all around. Great small group to walk around with.

A magnificent gateway in time. Remember to take a cable if you rent an audio guide And warm clothing in winter because the rooms are not heated.

Very good value for money. It allows you to visit a large number of museums and churches and thus to go around Venice. I recommend

The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.