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Venice Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)
Venice’s former Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto di Venezia)  is one of the most fascinating and poignant corners of the Floating City. The oldest Jewish ghetto in Italy is home to a number of 16th-century synagogues, the Jewish Museum, a small Holocaust memorial, and kosher restaurants and bakeries. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Campo del Ghetto, Cannaregio sestiere, Venice, Italy
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One day in Venice

One day with your local guide who will introduce you and visit Venice on a tour that travels the city like a journey through time. A day to fall in love with Venice and get to know it as only Venetians understand it.
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A Jewish in Venice

A Jewish in Venice

“Against all odds, its Ghetto, founded as a place of segregation in 1516, became a cosmopolitan crossroads of different Jewish communities and an influential place for cultural exchange between Jews and non-Jews. This tour enables both residents and international visitors to live, learn and understand the Jewish community Venice from the past to the present” from Beit Venezia. The tour includes a meeting with the director of the house of Jewish Culture who will present the history of the Ghetto from a new point of view ... we will talk about history, culture, identities and integration.
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Discover Cannaregio district and the jewish ghetto

Discover Cannaregio district and the jewish ghetto

Your taxi will then be waiting for you at your hotel and you will proceed to Madonna dell’Orto Church, the conclusion of the boat tour. Your guide will explain how Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto shines in this impressive church and you will explore his canvases and the rest of this gorgeous church together. Just a short walk away in the same area is the historic Jewish Ghetto where you will learn about the history of the Venetian Ghetto and see the main sights. There are wonderful, local restaurants in the area, we will join an aperitif which will mark the conclusion of this tour.
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Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Most tours only visit Venice’s historic Jewish district in passing, but this specialized guided walk takes you to the heart of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto. Discover hidden corners of the city and little-known palaces and bridges, and listen to an overview of Jewish culture and traditions in Italy. The tour conveniently ends in the neighborhood, so you can opt to visit the museum and synagogue on your own.
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Learn to row in the canals of Venice

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We are a sports association that deals with the recovery and maintenance of ancient traditional boats. We love to share our knowledge and passions with all travelers by introducing them to our laboratory / museum and the magnificent canals of Venice by learning the art of rowing accompanied by one of our prepared instructors born and raised in Venice
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Cannaregio: art & history (free tour to Murano included)

Cannaregio: art & history (free tour to Murano included)

Cannaregio is a lovely quiet residential area of Venice, less crowded than the main tourist sights but full of interesting art and history. A pleasant stroll here will reveal that Venice has much more to offer than St Mark’s Square. You will start the tour with your guide in Campo Santi Apostoli, you will walk to reach Campo dei Gesuiti to see a wonderful church, before starting a new walk to a surprising place... Back to your way, your walk will proceed to the small beautiful churches of Sant’Alvise and Madonna Dell’Orto, Campo dei Mori and the house of the Arab merchants, whose stories will suprise you. You will end your tour in the jewish Ghetto, created by the Serenissima in 1516: the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. And in the middle of all this history and art and food for the mind, you cannot miss some food for the body! A significant role in Venetians’ life is played by “Bacari, “cicheti” and “ombre”. Want to know what does this mean? Come on in and discover it yourself!
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Cannaregio: art and history (free tour to Murano included)

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Cannaregio is a lovely quiet residential area of Venice, less crowded than the main tourist sights but full of interesting art and history. A pleasant stroll here will reveal that Venice has much more to offer than St Mark’s Square. You will start the tour with your guide in Campo Santi Apostoli, you will walk to reach Campo dei Gesuiti to see a wonderful church, before starting a new walk to a surprising place... Back to your way, your walk will proceed to the small beautiful churches of Sant’Alvise and Madonna Dell’Orto, Campo dei Mori and the house of the Arab merchants, whose stories will suprise you. You will end your tour in the jewish Ghetto, created by the Serenissima in 1516: the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. And in the middle of all this history and art and food for the mind, you cannot miss some food for the body! A significant role in Venetians’ life is played by “Bacari, “cicheti” and “ombre”. Want to know what does this mean? Come on in and discover it yourself!
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Venice and the Jewish community (free tour to Murano included)

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Venice Private Tour of Cannaregio and Jewish Ghetto

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's & Cafes

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Venice Jewish Ghetto & Cannareggio District Food Wine & Sightseeing Guided tour

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Pair food and wine with history and culture on this small-group tour of Cannaregio, where many Venetians live, and the Jewish Ghetto, still home to a small Jewish community. Feast on seasonal Venetian tapas in traditional “bacari” bars, washed down with local wine, sample signature sweets at an authentic bakery, and wrap up your tour with gelato. Please note some restaurants close for the Jewish sabbath on Fridays and Saturdays.
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