4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Make like a Venetian and enjoy an evening stroll around the 'bàcari' (wine bars) of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto! While exploring the historical quarter with a local guide, visit three bars to enjoy a glass of local wine in each place alongside 'cicchetti' — bite-sized appetizers that are served around the city. Learn about local life, food and wine in Venice, and savor enough food for a light evening meal. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group food tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Cicchetti and Wine Tour of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

Enjoy different types of wine and appetizers around Venice!

Meet your guide in Venice’s Jewish Ghetto, a historical area in the Cannaregio neighborhood of the city. Many consider the area to be a little piece of authentic Venice, tucked away from the well-trodden tourist trail, where the streets resonate with the sounds of locals laughing and catching up on gossip.

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.

After getting a feel for the area, check out three of the ghetto’s atmospheric bàcari. The venues visited are subject to change, but your guide knows the most interesting drinking dens in the area and will select bars based on their good food and wine, friendly atmosphere and décor — think of convivial bars straight out of Italian films with elegant, wine glass–lined brick and stone walls.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The only negative is that the tour is on Fridays and Saturdays and everything is closed for the Sabbath.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

A wonderful experience with a talented tour guide!! Highly recommend this tour to see, taste and explore the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was great fun and the appropriate thing to do on a Saturday night in Venice. Emanuella was a fantastic host and we enjoyed the Ghetto tour as well as quafing wine and cicchetti in three very interesting bacari.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a well organised fun tour. A good group, lots of conversation and pretty tasty food. Emmanuelle was a super guide with a lovely manner.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was fascinating as we learnt about the history of the Jewish Ghetto as well as experiencing some of the local wine and cicchetti which were delicious. We wouldn't have had this experience if we had been on our own. The tour also included a lot of the surrounding area and it was interesting to see how the places linked up. The water transport described in the itinerary to reach the meeting point is expensive so check the map and walk if possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Loved it!! We met the guide at restuarant at the foot of Guglie Bridge with no problems. There was 8 of us on this tour all of which were very friendly and the guide was great too. We went into the Jewish Gheto which we loved and it was somewhere we returned back to during our trip. It has some nice restaurant/bars and great shops. All the bars we went to had a great atmosphere, wine and Cicchetti. The cicchetti was really tasty but it does only give you a flavour of Venice so id eat something before to soak the alcohol up; if like us you remained in the last bar for a few hours after. I'd recommend this tour earlier in your trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was our first tour in Venice (on the evening of our arrival). It was a most pleasant way to get a feel for the city and have some nice eats and wine too. Francesca (with the darker hair) was a delightful hostess and guide - she took us to some very authentic eating/drinking establishments. This experience and history lesson was a great start to our vacation. I recommend this tour and Francesca.

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