Experience history in Venice’s old Jewish district.
Things to know
Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets required.
Type of tour:
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Gratuities optional Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: Outside the ThaumArt Gallery, on the Calle Ghetto Vecchio
What makes this tour special
Interestingly, the term "ghetto" originated from Venice, where it was first used to describe the Jewish district - the place in which the Venetian-Jewish population were restricted and segregated following 1516. As such, this area of Venice is full of cultural and historical significance.
First, discover Cannaregio, where over half of the Venetian local poplation lives today
Visit where the Jewish Venetian population was forced to live: the Ghetto
Learn about the local context surrounding Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
In 1516, the City Council ruled that Jews had to be kept within a small area in the north of the city. A concession to Jews, who were able to live in a secure space, it became a cultural center for their religious brethren across the Mediterranean. The fact that space was at a premium in the ghetto had a direct impact on people’s lives, with buildings rising ever higher to accommodate all its inhabitants. Additionally, Jewish law forbids anything between a synagogue and the sky, therefore many attics became places of worship.
With anecdotes including Napoleon Bonaparte burning the gates in 1797 and the deportation of 1944 during the Holocaust, your guide will help you imagine what it must have been like throughout the centuries to live in the Ghetto.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).