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Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

See a side of Venice that is missed by most visitors on this walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto around the Cannaregio district.  Join a small-group tour on a leisurely stroll to see such landmarks as the Deportation Memorial which has stories to deepen your understanding of Venice’s Jewish history. Start your Jewish Ghetto tour at the Cannaregio district, now a fascinating residential area in the northern part of the city. Learn about 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 area is teeming with artisan workshops, galleries, shops, and delis and is best explored at a leisurely pace. 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. Walk past the Deportation Memorial, the Levantine Synagogue, and the Jewish Museum of Venice on this captivating Jewish Ghetto Venice Tour.  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 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.

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This tour is a must for those interested in the history of Venice and the Jewish communities that settled there. A wonderful 2 hours was spent with our very knowledgeable guide, only a small amount of walking was involved. The Deportation Memorial was deeply moving, in particular the barbed wire fencing that is part of the memorial itself and appears above the wall on which seven bas-reliefs are displayed. Thoroughly recommend this tour!

Our guide Chiara was super knowledgeable and friendly, she intertwined interesting stories about Venezia in general and the Jewish community in particular, answered questions and pointed us to interesting spots. She made the walk so much more fascinating despite the hot summer day and we cannot recommend her enough! Even our teenage daughters enjoyed it very much... highly recommended.

Paolo an Ute were wonderful hosts. Instead of taking the usual gondola ride we opted for this tour of the lagoon. We began from Lido and Paolo guided us through the history of the lagoon and islands and then he went through quiet canals and finished the tour in the Jewish Ghetto of Canereggio. fascinating and unique!!!!

We enjoyed listening and learning about the depth and wealth of Jewish life in Venice with our lovely guide, Chiara. She was very knowledgable and worked very well with our family. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Jewish history of Venice.

Guide was informative, accommodating to participants, and pleasant. The length was very good - not too long or too short.