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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Cicchetti and Wine Tour of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

Explore the flavors of Venice while learning the history of one of its distinct historic quarters on this culinary tour of the Jewish Ghetto. Visit three 'bàcari' (wine bars) to sample regional wine and the popular Italian bar snacks known as ‘cicchetti,’ with expert recommendations from your local guide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, so you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your 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

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What You Can Expect

Cicchetti and Wine Tour of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

Enjoy different types of wine and appetizers around Venice!

The Jewish ghetto of Venice is a distinct historic area that was once home to more than 4,000 people at its peak in the 17th century, when the Jewish residents were relegated to a specific neighborhood. Today, the area remains an important spiritual and social gathering place for Venice’s Jewish community and is also known locally as an authentic part of the city off the beaten tourist track.

Meet your guide in the Jewish Ghetto, which lies within the Venice’s northern Cannaregio neighborhood. Learn about the area’s history and culture as you wander its charming streets, passing by synagogues, kosher eateries, unique shops, an open-air market and a traditional mask-making workshop. 

Stop in at three different bàcari to get a taste of the local dining scene. Your guide will select from among the neighborhood’s many authentic and reputable bars. Sip on a glass of local wine at each stop, served with bite-size cicchetti. These traditional Venetian appetizers may include savory bites like bruschetta, salted cod, meatballs or fried squash. Learn about local cuisine and the Veneto winemaking region as you soak up the authentic flavors and atmosphere.

After approximately 2.5 hours, your tour concludes near the Campo della Maddalena, with easy access to the Grand Canal. Your guide can point you in the direction of your hotel or provide local recommendations to continue your Venetian culinary adventure on your own.

Customer Reviews

Leisa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this informative and relaxed tour. Lara our guide was knowledgable and affable, taking time to ensure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. Each of the 3 bars we visited was different and presented a different type of Cecchitti and wine for us to taste and we were satisfied with the amount of food. Hearing the fascinating history of the Ghetto helped explain an important part of Venetian history and yet was not a heavy history tour. Highly recommend this tour!

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was so much fun. Small group and enjoyed the wine tour and the Jewish ghetto. My only regret was not doing it earlier in the trip so we could of went back to some of these bars. The tour was interesting and point out some interested items in the area. Especially the place where you can take your empty bottle and the will fill it up with wine.

Martin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

tour very informative drink food a walk and nice company this is a must we had Francesca as our guide who was brilliant.

Mr C L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, Chiara, was very knowledgeable about the area. The food and wine good. It is a good way to meet people from other countries.

Susan L. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We really enjoyed our Cicchetti and Wine Tour of Venice's Jewish Ghetto. Lara was very personable and knowledgeable and did a great job. We enjoyed that the tour wasn't rushed and that we were able to enjoy our time not only learning about the Jewish Ghetto but meeting and visiting with others on the tour as we enjoyed our visits to the three wine bars. We recommended this trip to other friends who will be visiting Venice!

Claire O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a terrific tour. The guide was really passionate about her tour. We enjoyed each location enjoyed the tastings and enjoyed the wine. We walked through the Jewish Ghetto which was very interesting and again the guide was very passionate about the history.

jfariello

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

Roxy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

Scovall United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

Celeste B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent.

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