- 2.5-hour cicchetti and wine tour around Venice’s Jewish Ghetto
- Hear stories about the Jewish Ghetto’s history from a knowledgeable local guide
- See an open-air market, a mask-making workshop, synagogues and shops
- Visit three atmospheric bàcari and learn about the Venetian wine and cicchetti tradition
- Savor a total of three glasses of wine plus enough cicchetti for a light meal
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
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What You Can Expect
Hear how the Jewish Ghetto was the first of its kind in the world, and how it served as the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, as you amble along its pretty streets. While the Jewish population in the ghetto reached a peak of 4,000 inhabitants by the mid-17th century, today Venice is home to around 500 Jews who live all over the city. The quarter still thrives as a spiritual and cultural center for Venice's Jewish community; synagogues and kosher restaurants are just a few of the sights seen, as well as a traditional open-air market, mask-making workshop and bustling independent shops.
Inside each bar, enjoy a glass of ombra (Venetian slang for local wine) as well as plates of cicchetti — the tasty Venetian appetizers that are served all over the city. The dishes vary, but you can expert tantalizing offerings such as expertly seasoned meatballs, creamy cod mousse or colorful bruschetta. As you nibble on the tasty treats, hear insights from your guide about the local wine and learn about daily life in Venice.
Your tour finishes near Campo della Maddalena, leaving you ideally placed to return to the center independently or continue your night of eating and drinking in the area at your own expense.
My boyfriend and I got into Venice from New York at 11:30am on a Friday, mid-September. This was the first time for both of us in Venice and this was the first tour we took. We thought it would be a good idea in order to learn about the city, explore the Jewish Ghetto, and taste some local cicchetti and wine. It turned out not to be a good idea, but a fantastic idea!!!
Lara was our tour guise and she was really great. She is very friendly, personable, engaging and has a vast fund of knowledge. She's from Venice at each place we stopped, she'd give us the local perspective on things. She was very candid and truthful in her answers to all of our questions about the city and what it's like to live in Venice compared to where we all live. We had a great group of 8 2 ppl from South Africa, 2 from Australia, and 4 of us from the USA which I think that added to make the tour even better. This tour started at a cicchetteria for food and prosecco. From there we walked around the Jewish Ghetto and Lara told us the history of the Ghetto and the Jews in Venice. After the Ghetto, we went to the next 2 cicchetteria for a glass of wine in each and more food. All of the places we stopped were in Cannaregio. We were all having such a good time in each of these places, eating, drinking and talking, our tour lasted a bit longer than scheduled but no one complained. Lara told us how Venice was built and why the meanings of the names of the streets/canals and introduced us to a Spritz.
I would definitely recommend this tour and Lara to anyone who wants to experience not only some delicious Venetian food and wine and prosecco, but also learn about some of the history of the Jews in Venice. It would have been nice to have one of the kosher places as a stop on this tour, but since it was given on a Friday evening and everything closes for Shabbat, that wouldn't work. I do think it's something the tour company should consider including.
Our tour guide Francesca was pleasant and very, very informative. She was excellent and would highly recommend this tour! The area is beautiful, quiet, and relaxing.
United States of America
Excellent tour - we really enjoyed it. Yummy food and very good wine. Really gives you a taste of Venice while learning about the history of the Jewish Ghetto. A good substitute for dinner. Our guide was knowledgeable and easy going. We really enjoyed this tour.
, Riccardo was very knowledgeable of the area we had good time
Will do it again if back to Venice. Grazie Riccardo
This was a very informative tour and our guide did a very good job. I was a little disappointed that there was a 15 fee to change the date. It was pouring down rain the day we were to tour and we changed the date. There was not way to pay the fee except by ccard and there was no way to email it to the company through a secure site or email. We had a phone plan that charged by the minute and we did not want to use this. They would not allow us to pay the guide and so the guide called them when we arrived and we clarified the situation. Fun tour and good information given about the Ghetto also. Jack and Carolyn/Dallas
This was a fun and informative tour. Ricardo was great - patient, engaging and well-informed. The small group size enabled us to get to know each other a bit and enjoy the evening.
Excellent Tour. Joining instructions perfect. Size of group brilliant for type of tour, Guide excellent- very knowledgeable and humorous. Some fascinating insights into the history of Venice plus a very pleasant culinary experience. Excellent overall experience.
We really really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Francheska was really fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and gave us really interesting information. The stops in the three local bars were great and the food delicious. Highly recommend this tour!!! 5 stars!! Highlight of our time in Venice
This was a great experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Venice and provided great insight into day-to-day life in Venice. There was a good pace to the tour and she took us to some great food and historical spots. I was concerned that the tour might be too far off the beaten path but it wasn't. We got a great peek into Venice nightlife, had great food, and saw a lot of interesting things. I definitely reccomend this tour.