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Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 56.92 per person

Explore the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and see a side of the city that is missed by many visitors on this walking tour.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk the streets of the ghetto to understand Jewish history in Venice
  • See the important landmarks such as the Deportation Memorial
  • Explore the Old Ghetto district at a leisurely pace
  • Discover artisan workshops, galleries, shops and delis
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour at a relaxed pace
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Interior visit to the synagogue and the Jewish Museum
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

We meet at Campo di Ghetto Nuovo. You will see a big square and right in the center of the square there is a black drinking fountain. Your guide will be waiting for you there.

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Important information

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  • Inside visit of the Jewish Museum and the Synagogues are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 117 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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We met our guide, Chiara, in front of David’s shop, along with the others in our group. Chiara was an extremely interesting and knowledgeable guide. She answered all questions, we learned a lot and she was fun to listen to. I highly recommend this tour, it was especially nice to hear a local’s perspective of some of the history.

October 10, 2022

The tour with our very nice guide was extremely interesting and gave us a very good insight into the origins of the ghetto. In addition, the origin and development of Venice was explained in detail. We were a small group and all of our questions were answered. It is absolutely recommendable even if you have been to Venice as often as we have.

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September 29, 2022

great overview of the history of Jewish ghetto-learned a lot of facts I never knew. Very small area -not as large as I thought but informative-unfortunately it was Saturday so most of the sights were closed. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys history of Venice. First part was mostly sitting and getting an overview of the area and history-second part was walking tour. Do not recommend tour on Saturday-miss too much.

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September 12, 2022

Product ID: 169978