Private Walking Tour: Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto
“Ghetto” is a Venetian word meaning “foundry” because the Jewish quarter was built replacing a foundry. This name now means “Jewish District” all over the world. Here you can join a visit of the Jewish Synagogues with specialised guides.
- Professional local guide
- Private tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
We arrived late but our Guide took extra time and made special efforts to ensure we covered everything. She was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Thank you Minu.
We had Francisco as a tour guide and he was very informative about the history of Canaregio and the Ghetto. He walked us around the district pointing out notable locations in the area including Tintoretto's house. In the Ghetto he pointed out the key locations of both the Ghetto Novo and Ghetto Vecchio, and made arrangements for us to tour the Jewish Museum and Synagogue which are handled separately at the end of his portion of the tour. As one might expect, security is a major concern at the Museum and Synagogues, so visitors should be prepared to be inspected prior to entering them. We visited two Ashkenazi synagogues in the Ghetto Novo and the Winter Synagogue in the Ghetto Vecchio, which is Sephardic. The Community dates back to the 13th Century, however there are very few Jews left in the Ghetto today. Most are Ashkenazi/Lubavitch. In planning your visit, make sure that you do not plan to visit on a Friday afternoon or Saturday all day. There are also a number of Jewish Merchants and Kosher restaurants in the Ghetto. Photography was allowed in the synagogues I was surprised at this as well as in the museum. There is a small cafe in the museum along with a book/gift shop.