We had a wonderful time in Italy. Your guides were fantastic. Marco was extremely knowledgeable about Florence and all of the art and architecture in the City. He was able to engage my 80-year-old parents and my teenage sons. Stephania was a fabulous guide in Pompeii. She had tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the subject matter and really made ancient Pompeii come to life for us. Lucia was just as fabulous as Marco and Stephania. She had lots of great things to tell us about Rome, ancient life in Rome, Roman history and all of the art and architecture. Her tour of the Vatican was superb. My whole family can’t stop talking about how great all of your guides were. They really made the trip. All of your drivers were extremely friendly and accommodating. I will recommend your tour company to everyone! Thank you!
Historical Venice Walking Tour from a Jewish Perspective
On this private tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, you will dive into the rich history of Venetian Jewish life from the 15th century up to modern day. Step into the past as you stroll through history around a non-tourist Venice with the insider knowledge of your local guide. You will learn about the origins of the Jewish community, how the Jews lived here over the centuries, and what role they played in the history and economy of the city.
During this 2-hour walking tour of Venice’s Jewish heritage, you will stumble upon historically significant sights related to the culture of the different Jewish groups who lived in Venice. Make your way through hidden alleyways full of history towards the quiet neighborhood of Cannaregio the heart of Jewish life. History comes to life as you visit places where stories took place and hear the side-stories behind them.
Discover the Jewish Ghetto established by the government of the Venetian Republic in 1516, which makes it the oldest Ghetto in Europe. Actually, the term itself originated here. Today the Cannaregio district is an atmospheric place to stroll where a small community still lives in keeping up their traditions. Daily activities in the Ghetto are still thriving. This unique quarter has several Jewish shops, two operating synagogues, a museum, traditional kosher restaurants and bakeries thus, you will have the opportunity to get an inside look at the community, both past and present. In addition, your guide will recommend you the best off the beaten path places to enjoy only great food for the rest of your stay.
Please Note: The Synagogues are open to the public only as part of guided tours offered by the Jewish Museum of Venice. Therefore, this private tour from a Jewish perspective does NOT include entry to the Synagogues and Jewish Museum. However, when our tour is over those wishing to visit these sites can join a 45-minute group visit inside operated by the Jewish community itself.