A walk to discover the relations between Venice and the Jews
Venice was in the past a very cosmopolitan city: being a city that lived on trade, it had always been tolerant and open-minded towards the communities of foreigners who lived here, that could follow their own religions and Faith without so many problems as they had in other cities. There are a lot of traces of the foreigners presence in Venice and different tours are possible.
When the prosecution against the Jews started in many european Countries, a lot of families escaped to Venice. That's why, in 1516, the Senate of Venice decided to establish the "ghetto", both an instrument of control and protection over the many Jews living in Venice.
The ghetto is today one of the most beautiful residential area of the city, with its typical shops, the Jewish baker, art galleries and good restaurants in the surroundings.
Following the Jewish steps, we will explore the Rialto market, that in the past was the economical centre of the City; we will cross the Grand Canal using the little traghetto, one of the most venetian way to cross a street; then, we will walk through the Cannaregio district, out of the most beaten areas of the city, to reach the Jewish Ghetto, the very first ghetto in the world.
Here, at the end of our tour, you will have the possibility to join one of the guided tours to visit the synagogues, to understand in depth the unique relations between Venice and the Jewish community.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet at the main bus&car terminal, the railway station, St. Mark's square and your hotel if it is in Venice.
Let me know where you are going to stay, so I will agree with you the best meeting point.
End location: Usually this tour ends in Cannaregio, close to the Jewish Ghetto.
I will show you how to go back to your hotel or how to go to any other place you need to go, by boat and on foot.
Duration: 3 hours
if you want to visit the Synagogues and the Jewish Museum, the tour will last 4 hours (it will cost 399€ instead of 299€).
Tickets to enter the Synagogues are not included, and will be paid on the spot by cash or credit card.
Traghetto boat to cross the Gran Canal
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Eur - Traghetto boat to cross the Gran Canal 2€ per person
Any other private expenses (snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...)
As a Licensed Tourist Guide of Venice, I have no restrictions at all.
I am not a driver.
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Very knowledgeable and informative. Gave a great tour based on my personal preferences, on the fly, as she got to know me during the tour. Fully fluent in English