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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. Discover how Napoleon's decision to tear down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto gave Jews the right to live anywhere in Venice. Visit a hub of Jewish culture, with bakeries, restaurants, and handicraft stores, and your local guide will bring the hidden niche of cultural life with tales of past residents.

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: Guided Tour of the Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue Visit

6. Venice: Guided Tour of the Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue Visit

Get to know the historic Jewish Quarter in Venice on a tour of the area with a local guide. Walk its beautiful streets and trace the history of the Old and New Ghettos, see its five synagogues, and visit the Levantine Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue. Start the tour in the town square of Campo di Ghetto Nuovo. Walk a route through the Old Ghetto and New Ghetto as you learn about the history of Jewish life which animated the area for centuries. Admire the neighborhood's original buildings and hear about local traditions. Visit the Levantine Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue, where you'll see the study rooms, the Midrashim, and the synagogue's ancient oven.

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 and the Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

8. 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: Digital Audio Guide Tour of The Jewish Ghetto

9. Venice: Digital Audio Guide Tour of The Jewish Ghetto

Enhance your experience at the Venice Jewish Ghetto with this informative, web app-based audio guide. Your smartphone is all you need to experience the authentic atmosphere of this historical landmark. The digital experience starts in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo. The web app will guide you throughout the neighborhood, exploring centuries of history and works of art. The digital multi-media guide is immediately available on the browser of your smartphone, and it allows you to access the story of the Ghetto, its inhabitants and the immense cultural heritage contained within it.

Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Jewish Ghetto, Venice

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based on 561 reviews

The city pass was well worth it! We went to almost all of the civic museums! We were not able to go to all of them because we have run out of time! It took us about an hour on some of them and at least half an hour for the rest. You have to find every place on the map so you can plan your visit better. It took us longer to find some of the places because Venice is a wonderful little maze of narrow alleyways. I have added a three day transport which was a bad idea because we only needed one day to go to Burano and Murano. The transport ticket is also non-refundable so if I were you, buy your transport tickets when you get to Venice instead, so you will have an idea of how much you will be needing the transport. I could not really see the point of buying it if you are not planning on going to the other islands because you can walk everywhere and there is so much to see along the way.

Great little tour in the quieter streets of Venice's Cannaregio District. Fascinating with a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. It's a shame that the Jewish museum and 3 synagogues normally open to the public still remain closed for renovation. As we would have loved to visit these after the tour. But hopefully next time!

Our guide, Sylvia, was extremely knowledgeable, charismatic, and engaging. Although the ghetto is a very small area, there was so much to discover and learn in 2 hours.

Excellent guide. She was knowledgeable, sensitive, engaging. She presented her subject in a rounded manner.

Tour was wonderful and our guide even took us to a few hidden gems! Highly recommend this tour