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Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia) Tours

Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)
Venice’s former Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)  is one of the most fascinating and poignant corners of the Floating City. The oldest Jewish ghetto in Italy is home to a number of 16th-century synagogues, the Jewish Museum, a small Holocaust memorial, and kosher restaurants and bakeries. 

The Basics
The origins of the word ghetto can be traced back to Venice: gheto in Venetian means foundry and refers to the island where Venetian Jews were once confined after sunset by Venetian Republic decree. The area is divided into the Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto), and the adjacent Ghetto Vecchio (Old Ghetto), though the Ghetto Nuovo is actually the older of the two. Jews from across Europe settled in this neighborhood from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and each synagogue historically catered to a different nationality—German, Italian, Spanish, and Sephardic. 

Today Campo del Ghetto Nuovo is still the center of the Venetian Jewish community and offers a glimpse into its history and culture. The ghetto’s Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico) narrates local Jewish history with a collection of antique gold objects and textiles from ghetto artisans, historic religious texts and artifacts, and personal and household items from former residents. There is also a small Holocaust memorial in the neighborhood to honor the many residents deported during World War II. Book a Jewish ghetto walking tour with a guide to learn more about the ghetto, or pair your visit with a Cannaregio food tour or home cooking experience to explore local cuisine. The museum offers guided tours of the neighborhood’s historic synagogues, or you can book a private tour to view these historic places of worship more intimately.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Jewish ghetto is a must for those interested in Jewish culture and history. 
  • With its narrow streets and quiet square, the ghetto is one of Venice’s most pleasant historic walking areas—and a lovely spot to snap photographs.
  • Jewish ghetto tours are on foot, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • This area is also known for its excellent traditional kosher restaurants, so it’s a good place to stop for lunch or dinner.

How to Get There
The Jewish ghetto is in Venice’s Cannaregio neighborhood. Take the vaporetto (water bus) to the Ponte delle Guglie stop on the Fondamenta di Cannaregio.

When to Get There
As one of the main tourist destinations in Europe, Venice can be very crowded most of the year. To avoid the thickest throngs, visit in early spring or late fall. The December Hanukkah festivities in the historic ghetto, with music and celebrations with the traditional lighting of the menorah, make for a particularly beautiful time to visit.

Venice’s Historic Synagogues 
The ghetto has five historic synagogues: the Schola Tedesca for the German community; the Schola Spagnola and the Schola Italiana for the Spanish and Italian communities, respectively; the Schola Levantina for the Sephardic community; and the Schola Canton, a private synagogue probably built by French emigrés.
Address: Campo del Ghetto, Cannaregio sestiere, Venice, Italy
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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!

Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!

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Eat and drink your way through one of Venice’s most distinctive neighborhoods on a walking food tour through the Cannaregio district, also known as the former Jewish ghetto. Learn about the area’s rich history and culture from a local guide as you stroll through its narrow winding streets, stopping to sample some of the best and most authentic delicacies around, from traditional kosher dishes and wine to creamy risotto and fresh-baked goods. Buon appetito!
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Historical Jewish Ghetto & Magnificent Cannaregio Private Tour

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Historical Jewish Ghetto & Magnificent Cannaregio Private Tour

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A special Jewish Ghetto tour in Venice to unveil all details, symbols, curiosities and history of this special area of the floating city. This is my favorite tour in Venice, the right mix between the history that everyone should remember, hidden symbols that you can't find on guide books, passion and charming areas off the beaten paths!
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Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

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Discover Venice exactly the way you want to with this completely customized private tour. Your friendly local guide will create a 3-hour itinerary based on preferences you provide at booking. Whether you’re interested in architecture, local legends or Renaissance art, this tour is for you! Along the way, pop in at a local bar for a glass of regional wine and appetizers, and feel free to ask all the questions you like.
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

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Discover Venice’s hidden gems on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A guide will share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge. Numbers are limited to nine people on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Venice

Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Venice

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Learn insider secrets of Italian cuisine with a cooking class in a Venetian home, located in the bustling Polo Quarter of Venice. Choose between a lunch and dinner class and get hands-on experience creating traditional Italian dishes with guidance from a passionate chef. Enjoy the meal you've made, complete with wine.
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Venice Jewish Ghetto small group tour with SPRITZ and CICCHETTI tasting

Venice Jewish Ghetto small group tour with SPRITZ and CICCHETTI tasting

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Explore Venice’s Cannaregio district on a 2-hour small-group walking tour. Listen to informative commentary from your guide about the old Jewish district and how the word ‘ghetto’ originated in Venice in the 16th century. Visit key landmarks such as Mary Magdalene Church, Ponto Chiodo, old synagogues, and more and finish off the tour with a delicious gelato tasting at a gourmet Italian gelateria.
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Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's

Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's

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Immerse yourself in the Italian caffè culture during this small-group culinary tour. Stroll through the neighborhoods of Castello and Cannaregio, listening to your guide's thoughtful commentary on Venice's gastronomic traditions. Taste some of the bold coffee that Italians like to linger over and a few of the city's best 'pasticcerie', or desserts. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide. All tastings are included.
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Private Walking Tour: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

Private Walking Tour: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

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Explore the unique history of the fascinating Cannaregio district in Venice, home to the Jewish Ghetto, during this private 2-hour walking tour.
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Guided Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice with Cannaregio & Synagogues Visit

Guided Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice with Cannaregio & Synagogues Visit

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Skip the crowds of Venice and head for a quieter district on this private tour. In the company of just your party and a guide, explore the atmospheric Cannaregio neighborhood, with its long, wide canals, churches, and ancient Jewish ghetto.
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Venice: Jewish Ghetto Private Walking Tour

Venice: Jewish Ghetto Private Walking Tour

Break away from the crowds to explore one of the most historically rich parts of Venice on a private tour of the old Jewish Ghetto. A dedicated guide leads the way through maze-like streets and quiet canals to reveal stories of tragedy and resilience found in synagogues, public sculptures, antique stores, and memorials. It’s an intimate way to learn about Venice’s Jewish heritage while discovering your new favorite city spots.
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The Jewish Ghetto and the vibrant Cannaregio district food tour

The Jewish Ghetto and the vibrant Cannaregio district food tour

Did you know that the Jewish ghetto of Venice is the first one in Europe and even the word "ghetto" comes from the Venetian dialect? There are many stories of this less-known part of the city, where still nowadays a small Jewish community does exist. You will have the possibility to learn all about that in a curious tour, guided by a local and licensed tour guide, who will tell many stories and anecdotes about Venice. The tour includes one stop to taste some kosher sweets at the Jewish ghetto, and 2 more stops in the quiet neighborhood of Cannaregio, where the Jewish ghetto is located, to be introduced to the venetian ritual of wine and appetizers the so-called "ombre" and "cicchetti".
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Private Venice Nightlife Tour: Drinks, Bites & Local Bars

Private Venice Nightlife Tour: Drinks, Bites & Local Bars

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Venice may be known for its sumptuous architecture and magnificent art, but after the sun sets, the city’s bars and restaurants come alive. Experience the vibrant nightlife in the Floating City with this tour through the trendy Cannaregio and Rialto neighborhoods. Stop at popular bars, eateries, and other hotspots to sample wine, drinks, and appetizers while you mix with the locals and savor Venice’s authentic side.
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Venice Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Venice Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Leave your cruise ship at the port and see the sights of Venice with a private guide. The 3-hour shore excursion is tailored to you, so you decide what you want to see and when. Go off the well-trodden tourist track to visit the neighborhood of Cannaregio, or scout out the wares of Rialto fish market. Check out tucked-away churches, and then finish with a glass of wine and nibbles in a local bar. It’s a great way to see a side of Venice that many visitors miss.
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Off The Beaten Track Tour Of Venice: Jewish Ghetto And Cannaregio

Off The Beaten Track Tour Of Venice: Jewish Ghetto And Cannaregio

See a different side of Venice with this off the beaten path walking tour, including the Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio. Follow your private guide to these two lesser-known neighborhoods away from the city center crowds. Learn about the area’s history and hear stories about how Venetians live today. This private tour can be customized according to your interests.
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Venice Private Tour of Cannaregio and Jewish Ghetto

Venice Private Tour of Cannaregio and Jewish Ghetto

If you’ve already hit the main sights and are thirsting to uncover another side to the history-packed city, then this Venice walking tour has got you covered. Escape the tourist track and immerse yourself in local culture in the sestiere, or district, of Cannaregio, an off-the-beaten-track neighborhood filled with artisans. You’ll also visit the former Jewish Ghetto as you learn about the city’s overlooked dark chapters.
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Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Most tours only visit Venice’s historic Jewish district in passing, but this specialized guided walk takes you to the heart of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto. Discover hidden corners of the city and little-known palaces and bridges, and listen to an overview of Jewish culture and traditions in Italy. The tour conveniently ends in the neighborhood, so you can opt to visit the museum and synagogue on your own.
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Tasty Venice Dinner Food Tour around Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Quarter

Tasty Venice Dinner Food Tour around Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Quarter

Venetian cuisine is distinct from other regions of Italy, so treat your taste buds to a sampler of the city’s specialties on a walking tour of the Cannaregio district—one of the oldest in Venice and home to the former Jewish Ghetto. It's easy to get lost here, but a guide leads you across foot bridges and past quiet canals to at least six authentic eateries for hearty samples of risotto, pasta, Kosher dishes, gelato, and more for a diverse dinner.
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Venice Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food Tour

Venice Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food Tour

Get away from the crowds of tourists that throng central Venice and enjoy the relaxed ambiance of the Cannaregio district. In a small group, visit the Jewish Ghetto and stop into pastry shops and restaurants to sample some authentic dishes and a glass of kosher wine.
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Venice Christmas Day Tour

Venice Christmas Day Tour

Being in Italy during Christmas most certainly indicates to me that you are already a person who likes to make life interesting. During the holidays some families and couples like to get away from it all to spend time in a deeply cultural and historic City which invigorates are spirits and deepens the experience of our time together. Coming together in the centre of Venice seems like an already highest point to our Christmas Day Tour. But there is so much more. San Marco, Rialto, the Jewish quarter the bridge of Sorrows and so so much more. This journey through the heart of Venice sets the tone for any other tours you might experience during the holidays. With a literally overwhelming wealth of history and jaw dropping tales we use Christmas Day to reveal it all. My local guides are proper characters who know and love Venice so you and the kids won’t be left short of a few stories and unusual facts to tell.
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Venice private guided tour walking

Venice private guided tour walking

Come to Venice: during a four hours walking tour, I will tell you the history of the Republic of Venice about famous personalities: dodges, painters, travellers, the people who made Venice history. I will show you some picturesque places visited only by curious tourists. Cosy, narrow streets (calle in venetian). We will visit the most important sites, and I will tell you what food and drinks you can try in this unique and magic city in the world. This is a private guided tour for your group only or only for you if you are a single tourist.
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Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice

Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice

An historical walk and immersion into the heart of the Jewish ghetto to discover the secrets of the 1st Jewish Ghetto of the world. We will avoid the tourist trail exploring an authentic, lesser-known, but incredible, well-preserved area of Venice, full of charme, enjoying the secret corners of the three ghettos of Venice. You will learn why the Serenissima Republic forced the Jewish community to live under strict rules and how they lived for centuries in Cannaregio. You will discover how changed the area in the centuries. Did you know that the word "ghetto" is coming from a local venetian word? I will help you to recognize the hidden synagogues from outside and I will give you insights into the tragedy of the deportation and how the Holocaust left a deep mark on my beloved Venice. We will explore together the sestier of Cannaregio, with its beautiful streets and the venetian "skyscrapers", we will cross beautiful bridges draped in the locals' laundry, Italian style.
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The Secrets of Venice

The Secrets of Venice

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A tour that shows and tells the most hidden secrets of Venice, a mysterious and unique city in the world. During the route there is the possibility of a homemade ice cream break / drink / snack and ferry boat ride (optional).
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Friendinvenice Cannaregio & Jewish Heritage-private tour

Friendinvenice Cannaregio & Jewish Heritage-private tour

The Cannaregio sestiere (district) in Venice is characterized by the fact that it is often ignored by tourists. You will be surprised by your beauty and the peace and quiet. During our walk we will reach the Jewish community of Venice. "ghetto" the most ancient ghetto in the world. the word "ghetto". Invented by the Venetian Jews, it was originally a simple toponym: "ghetto" is nothing but the hardening of the Ashkenazi pronunciation: (place where the molten metal is "thrown") In the years before 1516 many other Jews had sought protection in the city, escaping from the hinterland due to the wars. Soon the Ghetto assumed international notoriety and, after the Germans, began to welcome Jews from the most disparate points of the diaspora, Spain and Portugal, Italians, Marranos. Within a few meters there were five synagogues.
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The Venetian Fellowship

The Venetian Fellowship

This tour leads to the discovery of four Great Schools, symbols of cultural and humanitarian brotherhoods of Venice. The tour begins in the Grande Scuola dei Carmini, where the ancient furnishings of the devotees and charitable associates are surrounded by religious frescoes by Tiepolo. Like precious gems, Tintoretto’s canvases adorn the chapter house of the Grande Scuola of San Rocco. The Eagle overlooks the marble entrance to the Scuola Grande of St. John the Evangelist, which today still houses the confraternity that has been meeting for over 700 years to admire its masterpieces. At midday, it is time for a Venetian aperitif in a local Bacaro to continue with lunch in the tavern. In the afternoon, the walk leads to the Grande Scuola di San Marco, so important that it received the name of the city’s great patron saint. Continuing along the promenade of the Sestriere di Cannareggio, you will come across the Kosher shops and the palaces of the old ghetto of the city.
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