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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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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
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$126.25 per adult
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Our guide communicated very well, knew her history, art, food and venice. Highly recommended. Thanks
Stephen_G, Oct 2021

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Informative, interesting and engaging!
Claudia_N, Oct 2021
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
This was an excellent tour! Lúcia is very passionate about the topic and her enthusiasm comes across and makes it a really enjoyable experience. Highly recommend this unique perspective on venetian history
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We've had a great evening...
Max_v, Oct 2021
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
We've had a great evening during the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable, the sights and stories were very interesting and the food was tasty! Definitely a full dinner.
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Fantastic tour with a great guide
Stefan_P, Sep 2021
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Lucia is a n extremely nice person and a great guide, offering a fantastic tour through the jewish ghetto. She has a lot of interesting details to tell, the tour has the right length and Lucia never gets tired of answering all the questions. This tour is really a great experience no visitor to Venice should miss.
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Jewish Ghetto and Food Tour
Aileen_M, Sep 2021
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
Silvia was our guide and did an exceptional job. The history of the Jewish Ghetto was very interesting and informative. Tasting various traditional Venetian foods along the way added to the experience. These weren’t samples but a full on five course meal eaten in various areas. Go really hungry! It was a lot of fun to learn the food culture with someone who knows it well. We would highly recommend this tour and Silvia. Thanks Silvia for sharing Venice with us!
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Very informative tour
Steven_T, Feb 2020
Venice Jewish Ghetto small group tour with SPRITZ and CICCHETTI tasting
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and very friendly. I would recommend this tour for the experience and the gelato!
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A must-do!
Galina_L, Aug 2021
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
Alice was a fantastic tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and learned so much. The food was AWESOME. We got a feel for really authentic Venetian dishes, desserts, and drinks
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Highly Recommend Tour
Elisa_C, Aug 2021
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Lucia was a great guide! We toured all three of the ghettos of Venice and Lucia shared the history to provide context to why the ghetto was initially created and the restrictions imposed on the people living there. She answered all my questions and you can tell how much she loves what does. She kept reminding us of the need to learn about this history so we do not forget and to not repeat, which is such a great message to share.
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Awesome tour!
Shlomo_H, Aug 2021
Small-Group Walking Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Lucia is a wealth of knowledge and shared the history of Jewish ghetto with sensitivity. It was really an amazing experience. This tour is MUST for anyone visiting Venice.
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Lovely evening out
Sonja_W, Dec 2020
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
Such a delightful experience! We went at a quiet time (January) and we had a wonderful tour guide all to ourselves. Even though we were eating tapas by the end of the evening we were well fed and very happy with the world in general. A lovely experience all round!
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Interesting and informative tour.
jillc96law, Feb 2020
Historical Jewish Ghetto & Magnificent Cannaregio Private Tour
This was a great tour of the Jewish ghetto area.Lucia, the guide, was very knowledgable and pointed out things we would not have noticed had we just wondered around on our own. She spoke English well and was able to make the tour interesting. Afterwards she took us to a local place which had really good coffee. She also took us to a couple of shops we wanted to visit. Good communication after booking about where to meet and Lucia also suggested changing the time slightly to avoid the carnival crowds, which was helpful. I would highly recommend this tour with Lucia as the guide.
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An authentic food tour showing a different side of Venice
Tamara_S, Oct 2020
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
The Jewish Ghetto food tour was fascinating and authentic. Our passionate guide shared the history of the area and the food. I learnt so much about the Jewish Venetian culture that still exists today. A great way to experience a different side of Venice. Just make sure you don't eat too much before the tour! I was so full by the end.
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Best thing to do in Venice!
Emma_A, Aug 2020
Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
Honestly, this was the highlight of our trip to Venice. We went in the middle of summer when there was a heat advisory. This lovely tour brought to many people together from all over. I am still friends with some of the people I met on the tour and it is around a year later. The food was great and so was the history! We learned so much. A day after to tour a restaurant employee waved and recognized us from the tour. It really made you feel special. -A Wisconsinite

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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