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Madonna dell'Orto: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

1. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

2. Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

Visit the popular area of Cannaregio district, located opposite to Castello and San Marco, close to the vibrant train station. This tour starts at Rialto. Proceed along Strada Nuova in order to reach Fondamenta della Misericordia, which is full of typical bars and restaurants. Continue to Campiello dei Mori, close to Tintoretto’s house and Madonna dell’Orto gothic church. Another street along a little canal will take you to the Jewish ghetto. Instituted on 29th March 1516, this is the most ancient Jewish ghetto in the world. Along the tour a professional guide will tell you all about the district's history and its unique places. This is a unique opportunity to discover a different Venice, far away from the overcrowded places of the city.

Venice: Ghetto Highlights and Cannaregio Walking Tour

3. Venice: Ghetto Highlights and Cannaregio Walking Tour

Explore one of the most important landmarks of Venice, the streets and the history of the first Ghetto in history, hearing about its past and present. You will also stop in a local kosher family run bakery to taste the culinary Jewish culture. Stroll through the nightlife area and enter quiet streets leading to the Gothic Madonna dell'Orto Church, treasuring Tintoretto's tomb and a choice of his most significant artworks. Listen to a Venetian legend about Tintoretto while marveling at his home and workshop. Enjoy the picturesque view of a former boat workshop and the surprising sight of the only bridge without balustrade. The tour will end at Campo Santa Sofia from where you can continue on your own by foot to the Rialto Bridge and Rialto fish market or by taking a traditional gondola ferry.

From Bologna: Private Venice Day Trip with Transfer

4. From Bologna: Private Venice Day Trip with Transfer

Become mesmerized by the unique beauty of Venice on a private day trip from Bologna. Enjoy a guided stroll through the most vibrant neighborhoods and get lost in their quaint narrow roads. Gaze at world-famous landmarks and hop on a traditional gondola to dive into the charming canals. Meet your driver at your hotel and ride toward Venice, where you'll find your guide. Begin your journey by walking through Cannaregio, the biggest neighborhood in the city. Admire the exterior of the Gothic-style Madonna dell'Orto Church and learn about the Jewish Ghetto, located in this district. Continue on to the iconic Rialto Bridge and snap amazing photos of its ancient design. Listen to interesting local stories and anecdotes as you make your way to St Mark's Square. Admire the majestic facades of its buildings, like St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Before heading back, end the day with an intimate gondola ride through the picturesque canals. Have some free time to shop or purchase lunch, then meet your driver for your return ride to Bologna.

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What people are saying about Madonna dell'Orto

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Super competent tour guide, a thoroughbred, proud Venetian who knows a lot about the history of Veneto. He knows how to put his listeners under the spell of the 16th century with his Venetian charm. Thank you Svetlana and Walter for the nice tour

Sergio was fantastic. Guided through the labyrinth of Venice with wit and humor and full of background information. Very interesting and relaxed tour. Would walk the streets with him again at any time

The guide was a sensation - really competent and we also had a lot of fun.