A walking tour through the most significant Jewish history-related areas of Venice
This walking tour is a fascinating journey through history and culture and will lead you to some of the most significant Jewish history-related areas: the Rialto market area and the Ghetto.
The first Ghetto in the world was established here in Venice 500 years ago, in 1516. It is the neighborhood where the Jews were forced to live and that has shaped many other European cities.
It is located in Cannaregio (Northern district) and is still a center of Jewish life in the city, with five synagogues, Judaica shops, kosher restaurants and the Jewish museum.
You will learn about the process that led to its creation, its communities and synagogues, main business and personalities. Moreover this tour sheds light on linguistic, cultural and culinary exchanges with the rest of Venice.
This walking tour also provides an overall introduction to the history of Venice, though Jewish oriented.
Rialto area (Venice trade hub) and Jewish quarter: ghetto nuovo and ghetto vecchio (old ghetto and new ghetto).
At the end of the tour you may join the tour organized by the Jewish community showing you the inside of the Synagogues (never on Shabbat and Jewish holidays).
1st October - 31st May: first tour at 10. 30, last tour at 4. 30
1st June-30th October: fist tour at 10. 30 am, last tour at 5. 30 p. m.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: your hotel/apartment in Venice, Venice Santa Lucia train station, Venice cruise terminal
End location: Ghetto, Cannaregio district, Venice
Duration: 3 hours
traghetto (public gondola) to cross the Grand Canal
Walking: about 3 km (2 miles)
My service as your personal tour guide
A map of Venice
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 euros - Traghetto (public gondola): 2 euros per person
Any personal purchases such as food, drinks, souvenirs...
2 euro per person for traghetto (public gondola), just to cross the Grand Canal.
OPTIONAL: Entrance fee to the Jewish museum and the Synagogues- if you wish to join the tour organized by the Jewish community showing you the inside of three Synagogues (never on Shabbat and Jewish holidays). Adults 10 euros, students under 26 8 euros, children under 6 free.
I'm not a driver but I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange a car and driver if you want to visit the mainland.
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Giovanna was an excellent tour guide! She met as at cruise ship pier right on time. We had a leisurely walk through Jewish Ghetto and a couple of other neighborhoods. Giovanna was knowledgeable and easy to listen to as she explained some of the uniqueness of Venice. It is always best to see a city through the eyes of a local.