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Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)
Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)

Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)

Campo del Ghetto, Cannaregio sestiere, Venice, Italy

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.

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Venice: Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Area Food Tour: Pasta Wine Gelato and More!
Venice: Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Area Food Tour: Pasta Wine Gelato and More!
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$108.36 per adult
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Sylvia was a fantastic tour guide! Very knowledgeable and presented the info in an interesting way. We had a great time with her on this tour, and we were lucky enough to have a great group of other tourists!
Heather_E, Aug 2022

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Cherie, May 2022
Tasty Venice Dinner Food Tour around Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Quarter
Our guide was wonderful. Jewish Ghetto was quite different from the rest of Venice, quiet clean serene. Come hungry!
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Highly recommend!!!
Glenn_B, Sep 2022
Tasty Venice Dinner Food Tour around Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Quarter
Vanessa was wonderful. She was a lot of fun, very knowledgeable and shared lots of history and food tidbits.
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Great food and history
Michael_H, Aug 2022
Venice: Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Area Food Tour: Pasta Wine Gelato and More!
The tour was much more than the food we learned a considerable amount about Venice from our amazing guide. She was the best guide we have had.
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Very informative
Stephanie_K, Jul 2022
Venice Jewish Ghetto small group tour with SPRITZ and CICCHETTI tasting
This was a fantastic tour without having to walk far. The information shared was fascinating. The tour included some yummy sandwiches and wine at the end.
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Great tour!
AmyWaltonbloch, Jul 2022
Venice: Jewish Ghetto & Cannaregio Area Food Tour: Pasta Wine Gelato and More!
Vanessa was a wonderful tour guide and gave us a great experience. So much food and information! Great evening overall!
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Great!
Jeremy_S, Jul 2022
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Great tour and very informative. Lucia is friendly and knowledgable. You get to see the history of the area and how it interacted with the rest of the city.
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Fascinating history of Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio
MARIANNE_B, Jul 2022
Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice
Our guide Alessandra was fabulous - so knowledgeable and patient and great with kiddos too! She brought to life the origins of the Ghetto, the city life and the origins of banking in Europe.
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Learn something new about Jewish history.
Jeffrey_B, Jun 2022
Venice Jewish Ghetto small group tour with SPRITZ and CICCHETTI tasting
Really good tour. Covered some of the basics of Venice but really expanded on the history of the Jewish quarter and the peoples. The spritz and chicetti was a great stop and something new to try, but don’t call it tapas.
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Fantastic culinary tour of venice
Andrew_F, Jun 2022
Venice Jewish Ghetto & Cannareggio District Food Wine & Sightseeing Guided tour
fThis was one of the best tours we did in Venice. First off, going to different restaurants for each course was phenomenal. They were among the best restaurants we went to in Italy. The guide was informative, entertaining, and delightful. Finally, it was great to see a part of Venice not overrun by tourists. After the tour, we took the guide's suggestion and spent more time in the neighborhood among a very local crowd and amazing sunset views. This tour far exceeded my expectations.
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Lucia was an excellent...
Madeline_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Lucia was an excellent guide. Very informative and knowledgeable Would definitely recommend her My granddaughter was the youngest person and she thoroughly enjoyed the tour
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Wonderful, Informative Tour
g6d7h5pztv, Jun 2022
Mysterious Venice: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto Tour
David was friendly and knowledgeable. He told us the history of Venice and the Jewish people as well as many interesting tidbits about the palazzos, architectural features and stories about the artifacts we saw along the way. Even my 15 year old enjoyed it!
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Hope you are hungry
LILIAN_S, May 2022
Venice Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food Tour
Very informative. Guide is so warm and friendly…the food is delicious and there’s plenty of it. I would definitely recommend
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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