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Jewish Venice History Tour

Explore the deep history of Jewish life in Venice with an historian
From US$391 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
2 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Venice Jewish Synagogue
  • Cannaregio Neighborhood
Photos & Highlights
  • Get an inside look at the Jewish community of Venice, both past and present
  • Led by a scholar of history
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Tour Description
On this two-hour tour of the Jewish ghetto in Venice you'll look at one of the oldest, most enduring Jewish cultures in Europe, examining its amazing history with a local scholar of Jewish history. Along with your expert guide, you'll visit sites of historical importance throughout Venice's deeply important Jewish ghetto, including one synagogue and the midrash, developing an appreciation for both the plight and contributions Italian Jews have made throughout the centuries. 

A Thriving Community

The Jewish community in Venice is still alive and flourishing. Thus, our Venice Jewish ghetto tour offers the opportunity to interact with the new generation of scholars and devotees while exploring the history and customs of a little-known aspect of Venetian culture.

Jewish History Throughout Venice

You will begin your tour with an introduction to the ghetto, the home of the Jewish Venetian community so vividly depicted in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. We will then spend time visiting the synagogue, which brings special insight to the ghetto and its religious traditions, as well as view two moving memorials to Italian Jews lost in World Wars I and II. Your tour will conclude by spending additional time exploring the ghetto. Founded in 1516, its serene nature has entranced visitors and locals alike for centuries, providing a respite from the city's many bustling streets. 

Note: The synagogue (which is part of the Jewish Museum of Venice) does require the use of their own guides within. Your guide will use the time before and after entering to provide greater depth to the site.


Headed to Rome? See our Rome Jewish History Tour.

FAQ

Will you pre-purchase tickets? Due to venue restrictions, we currently have to pre-purchase tickets for the Jewish Synagogue to ensure you're able to take part in the guided visit. Please note that there are currently limited tickets available. If we're able to secure the tickets for the requested tour date, your guide will hold your tickets on the day of the tour.

Will we visit the Museum on this tour?
Unfortunately, the museum has been closed for restoration since 2021, we hope it reopens soon but can assure you that your experience will not be impacted by this as you'll still be able to explore the Synagogue and Jewish Ghetto neighborhoods.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order.

Is this tour suitable for clients with mobility issues?
This tour doesn’t cover extensive territory, however, it does involve some stairs, therefore, it isn’t suitable for clients in wheelchairs.
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We love Dony! He was our guide for our first tour of the trip in Rome and our last tour in Venice. I think my kids would have been a bit bored and worn out had it not been for Dony!
This afternoon we had an outstanding experience touring the Jewish Ghetto and surrounding areas in Venice with Chiara as our guide. Chiara shared her deep knowledge of the history and traditions of the Jewish population in Venice and elsewhere in an engaging and interactive manner. She encouraged us to ask questions, gave detailed answers when we did, and used them to shape our tour experience. As first-time visitors to Venice, we greatly appreciated the information Chiara shared about the layout of the city, the signage for streets and major attractions, and strategies for navigating the water taxis. She also provided wonderful suggestions for places to see aside from the major attractions. By the end of our tour, we felt ready and excited to explore Venice on our own guided by Chiara's helpful tips.
Silva was absolutely terrific! Very helpful and knowledgeable. Best tour in Venice!