Private Tour

Venice Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

Art & History
Off the Beaten Path
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: EN, ES

Explore a different side of The Floating City and witness Jewish life in Europe’s oldest ghetto on this Venice Jewish ghetto private tour. Venice is the only Italian city where one can find an intact ghetto that has remained unchanged since its founding. Stroll off the beaten path through the non-tourist district of Cannaregio with a licensed guide who helps you deepen your understanding of Venice’s Jewish history.


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Uncover the cultural impact of Venice’s longstanding Jewish community. On this Venice Jewish ghetto private tour, you will dive into the rich history and traditions of Jewish life in Venice from the 16th century up to modern day with the insider knowledge of your licensed local guide. Explore the long and diverse history of Jews in the City of Water and traces their 500-year + heritage.

 

Since its onset, this wondrous city on the water has always had a unique position – in history, in commerce, and in culture and within this, the Jewish community has a long and captivating story to tell. Step into the past as you stroll through the streets and canals of the city’s most historic and picturesque neighborhood, the Jewish Ghetto in Cannaregio – located in a more secluded part of Venice where tourist are scarce but wonderful sights abound.

 

Located away from the hectic, big tourist attractions of Venice, the Jewish Ghetto is a favorite place among locals. Appreciate being away from the crowds as you explore this unique district and hear its storied history with your guide. Experience a slice of daily Venetian life, learn about the origins of the Jewish community, how the Jews lived here over the centuries, and what role they played in the history and economy of the city.

 

There were times when the Jewish community used to be locked in at night and on religious holidays. During wartime, this neighborhood was a refuge for Jews, attracting so many refugees that buildings grew up haphazardly to accommodate them. This jumble of buildings rises along some of the prettiest and quietest canals in Venice.

 

The Jewish ghetto of Venice is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the city and considered to be the oldest ghetto in the western world. Today this historic neighborhood is a quiet and genuine area of Venice where a small community still lives in keeping up their daily activities and kosher culinary traditions resulting in a delectable cuisine still to be found. Thus, you will have the opportunity to get an inside look at this thriving community, both past and present.

 

Interested in getting an authentic taste of Cannaregio district? Read our post to explore the best taverns in which to try Venice’s traditional cuisine, cicchetti.


Highlights

  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Synagogues of the Ghetto (exteriors only)
  • Jewish Museum (exteriors only)
  • Cannaregio District

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Interior visit of the synagogues and the museum
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or at an easy to find location near the Cannaregio Quarter. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Labor Day, and on certain Jewish holidays throughout the year.
  • Visit inside the Jewish Museum and Synagogues is not included as they are strictly controlled by the Jewish community.
  • The Jewish Museum and Synagogues close on certain Jewish holidays throughout the year. If at the end of the tour, you want to visit them independently with their designated guides, avoid this tour on Fridays afternoons and Saturdays, when they are closed.
    Jewish holidays in 2021:
    February 26 (Purim)
    March 28 – 29 and April 4 (Pesah)
    April 15 (Yom Ha’azmaut)
    May 16 -17 – 18 (Shavuot)
    July 18 (Tishà Be Av)
    September 6 – 7 – 8 (Rosh Ha Shanà)
    September 15 – 16 (Yom Kippur)
    September 20 – 21 – 22 (Sukkot)
    September 27 (O’Shannà Rabbà)
    September 28 (Sheminì Atzeret)
    September 29 (Simhat Torà)
  • From August 6th, 2021 until further notice, all public venues in Italy will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require to present valid ID matching the vaccination or test results. This does not apply to children under 12. You can read more about it here.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

Is this Venice Jewish ghetto private tour suitable for kids and teens?

Yes! We have some excellent family friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please feel free to provide us with information about your kids such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.

Does the tour include the visit of the synagogues and museum?

No. These visits are operated through the Jewish museum guides at set hours. At the end of the tour, you can join the museum's guided tour. Admission fees to be paid separately.

What happens if it's raining?

Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. In the event of a rainy day, we suggest wearing waterproof shoes and bringing an umbrella.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.
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