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Explore a lesser-known corner of Venice with a private, 3-hour walking tour of the city’s historic Jewish Ghetto. Learn about the legacy of this quiet neighborhood, where Venice’s Jewish residents were forced to live under strict rules for centuries. Your private guide will show you the area’s highlights and hidden gems, including historic homes, 16th-century synagogues and authentic eateries.

Highlights

  • 3-hour private walking tour of Venice’s former Jewish Ghetto with a knowledgeable guide
  • Discover this serene and charming area, a corner of Venice little seen by tourists
  • Explore the main square and lanes lined with high townhouses and Jewish shops
  • Visit three 16th-century synagogues (own expense) and a bakery to sample pane azzimo (own expense)
  • See the two poignant Holocaust memorials by Jewish sculptor Arbit Blatas
  • Learn about the ghetto’s dark past and lives of its inhabitants
  • Receive in-depth attention from a guide on a private tour

What You Can Expect

Private Walking Tour: Venice's Jewish Ghetto

Explore the atmospheric former Jewish Ghetto of Venice on this walking tour

Venture off the typical tourist path and explore a lesser-known area of Venice while learning about the history of the city’s Jewish residents. This private tour begins in the Cannaregio neighborhood, where you’ll meet your local guide. Embark on a 3-hour walking tour of the historic Jewish Ghetto, which was established in 1516 and housed up to 4,000 people at its peak in the 17th century.
Although Jewish residents in Venice now live throughout the city, this area remains an important spiritual and cultural hub for the local Jewish community. You’ll pass by several centuries-old synagogues, kosher restaurants and Jewish shops. Stop in at a traditional Jewish bakery to sample pane azzimo, a type of delicate flatbread, and other traditional delicacies (own expense). 
Pay tribute at a pair of Holocaust memorials by sculptor Arbit Blatas, and see the seven-story buildings that surround the area’s main square — unusually high for Venice and built vertically to save space in the crowded ghetto. With the full attention of your knowledgeable guide, feel free to ask any questions and request a customized itinerary to suit your interests. At the end of your 3-hour walking tour, say farewell to your guide back at the Cannaregio departure point.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Incredible tour-- We were delighted to learn that Francesca was a PhD in Venetian history and literature, and she was able to explain so much of the history of all of Venice, providing excellent context for the history of the Jews in Venice. She even pointed us to one of our best meals there!!!

Strev

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This has to be the best ever tour! Cynthia was just fabulous! She was knowledgable and sensitive and we loved her to bits! One of the most moving and so funny and inspiring experiences we had!

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