The history of the Venetian Jews revealed in 3 major sites.
This walking tour mostly based on the history of the Jews in Venice will lead you to the three most important places related to their history in the lagoon city. San Marco square, the Rialto market and the ghettos.
It is also a great introduction tour to Venice in itself as the locations are closely interwined with the city's history and its present life.
St. Mark's square recalls the main gov't bodies housed there regulating the life of the Jews. Looking at the National library we'll also examine the pivot role of Venice as the main center of Jewish books
printing in the 16th century.
In Rialto we'll talk about the role of the Sefardic Jews in keeping the Eastern trade routes open for Venice even after its heydays. Not to mention Shylock and Sheakespare's 'The Merchant of Venice'.
And finally we'll get to the ghettos, we'll have time to walk around and provide you a full historical introduction about the creation of the secluded area while pointing the main buildings and examining the present life.
Starting in St. Mark's square you'll be introduced on how the Venetian gov't, housed in the Ducal Palace, dealt with the Jews in town and the leading role of Venice as the main publishing center of Jewish books through the 16th century.
The Rialto market area will be next, now just the main fresh vegetable and fish market in town once was a magnet for Jews of diverse provenance. For Askenazi and Italians it was there where unclaimed pawns were brought for auctions while for the Sefardic that was the main place to run international trade.
In the ghetto area will walk through the three Jewish enclosures and bring back to life the very early stages of Jewish life, their expansion and finally the end in 1797 but also well beyond. We'll have time to talk about the main buildings and the historical events up to the present.
After my tour is over you can join a group visit inside the old synagogues.
Link http://www. museoebraico. it/en/guided-tours/
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Ideally this tour starts from St, Mark's square or from the ghetto, anyhow we can discuss this when exchanging emails.
Duration: 3 hours
Ideal starting point: St. Mark's square
If you wish to visit also the old synagogues, you can do so after my tour is finished joining a separate tour organized by the Jewish community (daily but on Shabbat and major Jewish holidays)
This is a walking tour.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 euro - It is entirely up to you about how much money you want to bring.
Consider personal expenses like food, drinks, souvenirs or any other personal expense
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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his is a 5 star review of our tour of the Jewish Ghetto with Fernando last week but only because we cant give more than 5 stars!We have worked with many private tour guides in a variety of locations all over the world and Fernando rates right at the top. He is warm, charming, friendly and very knowledgeable about all aspects of life and history in the Jewish Ghetto and Venice in general. We all give Fernando our highest and most appreciative recommendation!!