A quick introduction to Venice with two must-see sites. Spend 3 hours in Venice to see the major highlights of the city led by a scholarly and local guide.
Duration: 2 hours
This tour runs everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays
- Morning tour leaves at 08:30
- Afternoon tour leaves at 14:00
- Afternoon tour leaves at 16:00
- We meet at the Venezia Santa Lucia train station at the Ghetto. You’ll see a green clock; that’s where your guide will wait for you.
The clock is on the right looking at the station. If you are unable to locate your guide, please give us a call on the number provided. We will help you locate each other.
Synagogues + Local life in Jewish Venice
Your local guide carefully plans your Jewish Ghetto Venice tour so that you don’t miss any of the sights because of crowds.
Who would have thought that the world’s oldest ghetto and formerly the highest “skyscrapers” in Europe can be found in Venice! Our small group walking tours in Jewish Ghetto Venice introduce you to a wealth of history, wonderful food, and surprising landmarks that few visitors ever discover.
The Jewish Ghetto in Venice is in the Cannaregio district, now a fascinating residential area in the northern part of the city. You’ll be aware of the historic Jewish influence the minute you enter this area as you see yellow signs in Hebrew and Italian directing you to the Synagogue. This charming Ghetto Vecchio (Old Ghetto district) is teeming with artisan workshops, galleries, shops, and delis and is best explored at a leisurely pace.
Your local guide takes you on a wonderful voyage of discovery as you explore this historic area on a fascinating small group walking tour through Venice’s Jewish Ghetto.
Cross the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) which belies its name as it was founded as a fortified island in 1516. Hear how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated. The resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high – an innovative novelty in 16th century Europe!
Learn more about Jewish history in Venice as your informative guide leads you past the Deportation Memorial, the Levantine Synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Venice on this captivating Jewish Ghetto Venice Tour. Peek inside the famous Antichita al Ghetto antique store and see the Library Renato Maestro with its ancient manuscripts and dusty archives.
One of the most significant highlights of your Jewish Ghetto Venice tour is a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice sadly never get to see!
Learn how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” Although only a small percentage of the present-day residents are Jewish, the district is awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants and handicraft stores.
This hidden niche of cultural life in Venice comes vividly to life as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice. This 2-hour Jewish Ghetto Venice tour is probably the most memorable part of any visit to Venice. Join us, escape the crowds, and you’ll see what we mean!
- Accesi Principali
- Antichità al Ghetto
- Spanish Synagogue ( From outside)
- Levantine Synagogue ( From outside)
- Holocaust Memorial
- Deportation Memorial
- Canton Synagogue
- Library Renato Maestro
- The Jewish Museum of Venice ( From outside)
- Scholarly and local Walks In Europe Tour Guides
- Small groups of 8 or private tours
- Visits inside the synagogues and the museum are not included. You can choose to visit them after your two hour finishes with your guide.